by Thomas Brooks
HT Chapel Library
A test of sincerity; examination of one's profession of faith in Christ.
Thomas Brooks was a Nonconformist preacher, who was born into a Puritan family. He was sent to Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He soon became an advocate of the Congregational way and served as a chaplain in the Civil War. In 1648 he accepted the rectory of St. Margaret’s, New Fish Street, London, but only after making his Congregational principles clear to the vestry. On several occasions he preached before Parliament. Like many of his fellow preachers, Brooks was ejected by the Act of Uniformity in 1662, and remained in London as a Nonconformist preacher. Government spies reported that he preached at Tower Wharf and in Moorfields. During the Great Plague and Great Fire he worked in London, and in 1672 was granted a license to preach in Lime Street. Brooks wrote over a dozen books, which include Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices, The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod, and Heaven on Earth. His writings are always Christ-centered, filled with Scripture, and usually devotional in character. Charles Spurgeon once told his students, “Thomas Brooks is a signal instance of the wise and wealthy use of holy fancy…He hath dust of gold; for even in the margins of his books there are sentences of exceeding preciousness, and hints at classic stories. His style is clear and full; he never so exceeds in illustration as to lose sight of his doctrine. His floods of metaphor never drown his meaning, but float it upon their surface. If you have never read his works I almost envy you the joy of entering for the first time…” Brooks was buried in Bunhill Fields.