Thomas Brooks (1608-1680) preached this sermon on his last Sunday before being ejected from the Church of England by the Act of Uniformity.
A 400th Birthday tribute to a courageous man of God.
26. Walk by no rule but such as you dare die by and stand by in the great day of Jesus Christ. You may have many ways to prescribed to worship by, but walk by none but such as you dare die by, and stand by, before Jesus Christ. Walk not by a multitude, for who dare stand by that rule when he comes to die?
Make not the example of great men a rule to go by, for who dare die by and stand by this in the great day of account? Do not make any authority that stands in opposition to the authority of Christ a rule to walk by, for who dare stand by this before Jesus Christ?
Ah! sirs, walk by no rule but what you dare die by and stand by at the great day.
Sermons of the Great Ejection, Banner of Truth Trust, 1962 (300th Anniversary Edition)