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Saturday, November 11, 2006

What would Spurgeon have thought of today's Church?

Here's what he had to say of the Church in his own day, more than a hundred years ago...



          At the present day, I am afraid that nine people out of ten do not believe in the God Who is revealed to us in the Bible. I can point you to newspapers, to periodicals, and also to pulpits by the score in which there is a new god set up to be worshipped–not the God of the Old Testament; He is said to be too strict, too severe, too stern for our modern teachers.
          They shudder at the very mention of the God of the Puritans. If Jonathan Edwards were to rise from the dead, they would not listen to him for a minute; they would say that they had quite a new god since his day. But, brethren, I believe in the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob; this is my God–aye, the God Who drowned Pharoah and his host at the Red Sea and moved His people to sing, “Hallelujah!” as He did it; the God Who caused the earth to open and swallow up Korah, Dathan, and Abiram and all their company.
          A terrible God is the God Whom I adore–He is the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, full of mercy, compassion, and grace, tender and gentle, yet just and dreadful in His holiness and terrible out of His holy places. This is the God Whom we worship, and He Who comes to Him will take Him to be his Instructor, and so shall he learn aright all that he needs to know.


--Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)
At the Master’s Feet, July 18

7 Comments:

Blogger D.Daddio Al-Ozarka said...

Great post, El.

November 12, 2006 7:01 AM  
Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

Just because someone is dead and famous doesn't mean he was right. Jonathan Edwards, especially.

What Spurgeon would say is: "Not much has changed. There's just a whole lot more people."

November 12, 2006 9:25 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

"The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked..."

I don't know... I think that in today's times, He must be dreadfully provoked, indeed.

November 13, 2006 8:33 AM  
Blogger D.Daddio Al-Ozarka said...

Just because you are living and breathing doesn't make you right, ER.

What stupid things you say sometim...er...umm...most of the time...Sheesh!

November 13, 2006 7:09 PM  
Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

This is true, Dad. But no one is quoting me as an authority.

November 15, 2006 11:55 AM  
Blogger ELAshley said...

Or me.

November 15, 2006 11:59 AM  
Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

:-)

November 15, 2006 7:44 PM  

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