Thomas Brooks on pretended holiness as the greatest unholiness

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If real holiness be the only way to happiness; if men must be holy on earth, or they shall never come to a fruition of God in heaven; then this truth, by way of conviction, looks sourly and sadly upon all hypocrites, who have only a seeming holiness, a feigned holiness, a counterfeit holiness. The apostle speaks of a true holiness, Eph. iv. 24—or holiness of truth, as the Greek reads it … —in opposition to that feigned and counterfeit holiness that is in the world.

Pretended holiness is most opposite to the holiness of God. Hypocritical holiness is the greatest unholiness; and as God hath, so certainly God will still suit the punishment to the sin. If it was death in Moses his law, to counterfeit that ceremonial and figurative ointment, Exod. xxx. 32, 33; what shall it then be to counterfeit the spirit of life and holiness? ...

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