Thomas Brooks on holiness and contending for purity of worship

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Evidence and declare the truth and reality of your holiness, by a resolute standing up for purity of religion, and for purity of worship and ordinances, in opposition to all mixtures and corruptions whatsoever. O sirs, the great God stands upon nothing more in all the world than upon purity in his worship, James i. 27. There is nothing that does so provoke and exasperate God against a people as mixtures in his worship and service. Mat. xxi. 12, 13; John ii. 15-17. Pollutions in worship do sadly reflect upon the name of God, the honour of God, the truth of Clod, and the wisdom of God; and therefore his heart rises against them.

The very spirit, life, and soul of the second commandment lies in these words, ‘Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image,’ &c. In matters of divine worship God abhors that men should mix their water with his wine, their dross with his gold, their chaff with his wheat, &c. when once men come to be so bold as to defile his worship with their mixtures, then God is resolved to be a swift and a terrible witness against them, as you may clearly see by comparing those notable places of Scripture together in the margin. There is no sin that does so incense and provoke God to jealousy and wrath against a people, as mixtures in worship. God can bear with defilements anywhere rather than in his worship and service: and that,

First, Because mixtures in worship are cross to God’s express commands; and who art thou, man! that darest run cross to his commands, who can command thee into the dust, yea, into hell, at pleasure? &c. ...

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