James Parnell (1637-1656) is said to have been “young, small of stature, and poor in appearance, but thousands were obliged to confess that “he spoke as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” He was convinced of the Truth when a boy of fourteen years, and became a valiant minister of the gospel by sixteen. Following a debate with a prominent priest, Parnell was arrested on spurious charges of being an “idle and disorderly person,” and imprisoned at Colchester Castle. There he was confined to a small hole in the thick castle wall, twelve feet above the ground, and died from sickness and ill-treatment after ten months imprisonment at nineteen years of age.
And among these babes who thus came to receive a knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God by the working of His divine power, was this noble child, James Parnell, who was a vessel of honor indeed, and mighty in the power and Spirit of Emmanuel. Much might be spoken of this young man, and a large testimony does live in my heart to his blessed life, and to the power and wisdom that abounded in him.- Stephen Crisp
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The Life and Writings of James Parnell, containing a narrative of his life, ministry, and sufferings, with extracts from his writings and epistles to the church, and an account of his imprisonment and death in Colchester Castle at the age of nineteen.
“Friend, stand in, and keep your mind to that which lets you see your enemies to be of your own house. Your imagination is an enemy; your wisdom is an enemy; that which has been precious to you is now your greatest enemy. Therefore, you must now sacrifice what you have called precious and yield it up to death, that the Just One may be raised to life, and the righteous Seed be brought forth to reign in you and be your Head.”— James Parnell