The conduct of believers must be better than that of unbelievers. Believers must pursue a holy life. In his day, Jeremiah Burroughs’ heart was grieved to see that a holy life was not common among professing Christians. One can only imagine how grieved his heart would be if he was were living today.
Burroughs judged the power of godliness not to consist in high, lofty speculation regarding theological minutia, but rather in a holy conversation, a holy conduct. He shows that to live a holy life, a Christian must first be acquainted with the root from which all holiness must spring. Unless we do all for and from Christ, our lusts will not be mortified, our duties will not be accepted, and our consciences will not be purified. We shall not be strengthened against affliction, neither shall we persevere. We must not be brought to glory in ourselves, but in Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646) During his life, Jeremiah Burroughs was loved for his preaching and gentle spirit and was persecuted for his non-conformity to the Church of England. Forced to flee to Holland and Rotterdam for a time, he eventually returned to England and preached to congregations in Stepney and Cripplegate in London, two of the largest congregations in all of England.