Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices
“We are not ignorant of his devices.”
One of the greatest Puritan books ever written was this collection of Precious Remedies. A mere reading of the table of contents of this book is remarkably edifying! It provides an 8-page outline categorizing the various methods by which Satan deceives and entices us.
Brooks treated the seductive influence and terrible power of Satan in a way greatly more full and suggestive than in the literature of the present day.
Brooks lists seven reasons for writing this book. The first reason for these precious remedies is enough! Brooks says, “Satan hath a greater influence upon men, and higher advantages over them than they think he hath, and the knowledge of his high advantage is the highway to disappoint him, and to render the soul strong in resisting, and happy in conquering.
About Author Thomas Brooks
Little is known about Thomas Brooks as a man, other than can be ascertained from his many writings. Born, probably of well-to-do parents, in 1608, Brooks entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in 1625. He was licensed as a preacher of the gospel by 1640 at the latest. Before that date he seems to have spent a number of years at sea, probably as a chaplain with the fleet. After the Civil War, Brooks became minister at Thomas Apostle’s, London, and was sufficiently renowned to be chosen as preacher before the House of Commons on 26 December, 1648. Three or four years later he moved to St Margaret’s, Fish-street Hill, London, but encountered considerable opposition as he refused baptism and the Lord’s Supper to those clearly ‘unworthy’ of such privileges.
The following years were filled with written as well as spoken ministry. In 1662 he fell victim to the notorious Act of Uniformity, but he appears to have remained in his parish and to have preached the Word as opportunity offered. Treatises continued to flow from his agile pen. In 1677 or 1678 he married for the second time, ‘she spring-young, he winter-old’. Two years later he went home to his Lord.
Key Portions of the Table of Contents
Thomas Brooks wisely includes:
- Satan’s Devices to Draw the Soul Into Sin
- He Presents the Bait and Hides the Hook
- Satan Keeps Souls from Holy Duties by Presenting the World in a Garb that Ensnares the Soul
- He Knows how to Keep the Soul in a Sad, Doubting State
- He Knows how to Discourage the Saints by Dividing them Against One Another
- Satan Employs False Teachers to Dishearten and Distract the Saints