A Cleaner Way to Hell - Thomas Brooks

Thomas Brooks was a Puritan preacher who lived from 1608 to 1680 A.D.  Below is one of his sermons.  I have been looking lately at historical sermons and references, and just like Jesus, these preachers say quite a bit about hell and how to get there.  They also offer the gospel, which if one trusts in the person of Jesus the savior, they will find rest from such a terrible fate.  You can also find this sermon and much more from Brooks and others at sermonindex.net

A cleaner way to hell
by Thomas Brooks 1608-1680

It was the saying of a precious saint—that he was more

afraid of his duties than of his sins; for his duties often
made him proud—but his sins always made him humble.

It was good counsel Luther gave, "We must take heed
not only of our sins—but of our good works."

Duties can never have too much diligence used about
them—nor too little confidence placed in them. They are
good helps—but bad saviors. It is necessary we do them
—but it is dangerous to rely upon them. If the devil cannot
dissuade us from performing pious duties—then his next
work will be to persuade us to rely upon them, to make
saviors of them; because this will as certainly ruin our
souls, as if we had wholly neglected them.

Resting in your own righteousness, will as certainly and
eternally undo you—as the greatest and foulest atrocities!

Open wickedness slays her thousands—but a secret
resting upon duties, slays her ten thousands!

Open profaneness is the broad dirty way which leads
to hell; but trusting in pious duties is as sure a way,
though a cleaner way to hell. Ungodly people and
formal professors shall meet at last in the same hell.

Now, let all these things work you to renounce your own
righteousness—and to take sanctuary alone in the pure,
perfect, and most glorious righteousness of Jesus Christ,
and in the free grace of God.


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