Puritan pastor Thomas Brooks: “HOLINESS is of absolute necessity; without it you shall never see the Lord. … God will at last shut the gates of glory against every person that is without HEART-PURITY”

Cale Judd posted this comment on Francis Anfuso’s Facebook post on Jonathan Edwards:

I believe Edwards was right. Concerning holiness, the 19th century Puritan pastor Thomas Brooks wrote:

O sirs, do not deceive your own souls; holiness is of absolute necessity; without it you shall never see the Lord. (2 Thes i. 8-10)

It is not absolutely necessary that you should be great or rich in the world; but it is absolutely necessary that you should be holy; it is not absolutely necessary that you should enjoy health, strength, friends, liberty, life; but it is absolutely necessary that you should be holy.

A man may see the Lord without worldly prosperity, but he can never see the Lord except he be holy. A man may [go] to heaven, to happiness, without honour or worldly glory, but he can never [go] to heaven, to happiness, without holiness.

Without holiness here, no heaven hereafter. ‘And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth.’ (Rev. xxi. 27)

God will at last shut the gates of glory against every person that is without heart-purity.

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Is it possible to pursue holiness and scholarship at the same time…to expand both your heart and head? Jonathan Edwards did!

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