The Gospel is Enough — Spurgeon

August 22, 2013

“Are you afraid that preaching the gospel will not win souls? Are you despondent as to success in God’s way? Is this why you pine for clever oratory? Is this why you must have music, and architecture, and flowers and millinery? After all, is it by might and power, and not by the Spirit of God? It is even so in the opinion of many.

Brethren beloved, there are many things which I might allow to other worshippers which I have denied myself in conducting the worship of this congregation. I have long worked out before your very eyes the experiment of the unaided attractiveness of the gospel of Jesus.

Our service is severely plain. No man ever comes hither to gratify his eye with art, or his ear with music. I have set before you, these many years, nothing but Christ crucified, and the simplicity of the gospel; yet where will you find such a crowd as this gathered together this morning? Where will you find such a multitude as this meeting Sabbath after Sabbath, for five-and-thirty years? I have shown you nothing but the cross, the cross without flowers of oratory, the cross without diamonds of ecclesiastical rank, the cross without the buttress of boastful science. It is abundantly sufficient to attract men first to itself, and afterwards to eternal life!

In this house we have proved successfully, these many years, this great truth, that the gospel plainly preached will gain an audience, convert sinners, and build up and sustain a church. We beseech the people of God to mark that there is no need to try doubtful expedients and questionable methods. God will save by the gospel still: only let it be the gospel in its purity. This grand old sword will cleave a man’s chine [i.e., spine], and split a rock in halves.

How is it that it does so little of its old conquering work? I will tell you. Do you see the scabbard of artistic work, so wonderfully elaborated? Full many keep the sword in this scabbard, and therefore its edge never gets to its work. Pull off that scabbard. Fling that fine sheath to Hades, and then see how, in the Lord’s hands, that glorious two-handed sword will mow down fields of men as mowers level the grass with their scythes.

There is no need to go down to Egypt for help. To invite the devil to help Christ is shameful. Please God, we shall see prosperity yet, when the church of God is resolved never to seek it except in God’s own way.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, 1888, vol. 34, p. 563

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Norm Miller

What, if anything of man’s device, needs to adorn the Gospel? How can the imperfect improve upon the Perfect?

Daniel Wilcox

I am very disconcerted that Charles Spurgeon would be given a whole page on Altar Call by SBCToday:-(

Out in my garage, I have books by him which explain in detail–the 5 Points, how God only wills for a limited number of humans to be saved, and even they don’t have a choice, can’t make a “decision.” (To quote Billy Graham, who emphasized that God’s will is for everyone to be saved.)

Spurgeon infamously said that Calvinism is the Gospel!

How tragic! (Yes, I know Spurgeon is probably the most famous Baptist of all time. I still remember the horror when I discovered he didn’t believe in the Good News for most humans.

    Norm Miller

    There is not one person whose quotes we could post with which all would agree.
    Whereas I do not agree with Spurgeon or any other theologian/preacher on all matters,
    I do want to celebrate what we have in common particularly when it comes to the preaching of the Gospel.

Daniel Wilcox

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But Norm, as I demonstrated, Spurgeon doesn’t believe in the Good News of John 3:16 for most humans.

That isn’t a minor theological disagreement or even a fairly major one; this is a contradiction to the Good News which many of you have shown in the last year on this very website.

I am confused.

volfan007

Spurgeon: “We mean never to let you have any rest till you come to Christ. I have heard that there are some friends about this Tabernacle who “bother” people concerning their souls; and I hope they will keep on “bothering” them. They will not let them come and go out of this building without having an earnest word with them; I hope it will always be so. We have some brethren here who are sharpshooters; they are just now lying low in the rifle-pit, taking aim at some of you; and they will shoot at you before you get away tonight. I hope they will hit you, too, because whosoever hears the gospel is bidden to say to others, “Come.” You will get girdled round with a ring of invitations, for God means to bless you; and, therefore, if you escape one, he will not let you escape another.” — Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Volume 46, page 357.

rhutchin

Sounds like a pretty novel approach as described by Spurgeon. You go to church and the Pastor starts to read the Bible and explain what the Bible is saying, where explanation might be needed, or maybe just to emphasize what it says. Then, everyone goes home or sits around and discusses what had been preached. No half-hour of music! No announcements!! Could we even call that “church”?

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