Quotes from Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks (1608 – 1680)
CHAPTER 1: THE PROOF OF THE POINT
Satan has snares for the wise and snares for the simple; snares for hypocrites, and snares for the upright; snares for generous souls, and snares for timorous souls; snares for the rich, and snares for the poor; snares for the aged, and snares for youth. Happy are those souls that are not taken and held in the snares that he has laid.
Rev. 2:24, But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this
doctrine, and who have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak, I will put upon
you no other burden but to hold fast until I come. These poor souls called their
opinions the depths of God, when indeed they were the depths of Satan. You call your
opinions depths, and so they are, but they are such depths as Satan has brought out of
hell. They are the whisperings and hissings of that serpent, not the inspirations of God.
CHAPTER 2: SATAN’S DEVICES TO DRAW THE SOUL TO SIN
DEVICE 1: TO PRESENT THE BAIT AND HIDE THE HOOK
Satan with ease pawns falsehoods upon us, by his golden baits, and then he leads us
and leaves us in a fool’s paradise. He promises the soul honor, pleasure, profit, but
pays the soul with the greatest contempt, shame, and loss that can be.
Remedy (1). Sin is a plague, yes, the worst and most infectious plague in the world; and yet, ah! how few are there who tremble at it — who keep at a distance from it! (1 Cor. 5:6) Don’t you know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? As soon as one sin had
seized upon Adam’s heart, all sin entered into his soul and infested it. How has Adam’s
one sin spread over all mankind. (Romans 5:12) Therefore as by one man sin entered
into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have
sinned. Ah, how does the father’s sin infect the child, the husband’s infect the wife, the master’s the servant! The sin that is in one man’s heart is able to infect a whole world, it is of such a spreading and infectious nature.
Remedy (2). Consider that sin is but a bitter sweet….Many long to be meddling with the murdering morsels of sin, which nourish not but rend and consume the belly and the soul that receives them. Many eat that on earth what they digest in hell.
Remedy (3). Solemnly to consider that sin will usher in the greatest and the saddest
losses that can be upon our souls. It will usher in the loss of that divine favor which is
better than life, and the loss of that joy which is unspeakable and full of glory, and the
loss of that peace which passes understanding, and the loss of those divine influences
by which the soul has been refreshed, quickened, raised, strengthened, and gladdened, and the loss of many outward desirable mercies, which otherwise the soul might have
Remedy (4). Sin gives Satan a power over us, and an advantage to accuse us and to lay claim to us, as those who wear his badge… Sin so bewitches the soul, that it makes the soul call evil good, and good evil… When the physicians told Theotimus that except he did abstain from drunkenness and uncleanness he would lose his eyes; his heart was so bewitched to his sins, that he answered, “Then farewell, sweet light”; he had rather lose his eyes than leave his sin. So a man bewitched with sin had rather lose God, Christ, heaven, and his own soul than part with his sin. Oh, therefore, forever take heed of playing with or nibbling at Satan’s golden baits.