The hypocrite's hope

(Thomas Brooks, "Heaven on Earth" 1667)

"For what hope do the godless have, when God cuts
 them off and takes away their life?" Job 27:8

"When the wicked die, their hopes all perish." Prov. 11:7

That assurance is but presumption, which allows men . . .
  to play with sin,
  to be bold with sin,
  to make light of sin,
  to walk on in ways of sin.

Such 'assurance' will never bring a man to heaven; it
will never keep him from dropping into hell; yes, it
will double his damnation
, and make him the most
miserable among all damned, wretched, forlorn spirits.

"So are the paths of all who forget God; and the
 hypocrite's hope
shall perish
." Job 8:13

Ah, Lord! from such false hopes deliver my soul;
and give me more and more of that divine hope
which makes sin to be more hateful than hell.

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"Heaven on Earth". This is the best book on assurance
we have ever read.