The gospel is, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." If we think we shall do more good by substituting another exhortation for the gospel command, we shall find ourselves landed in serious difficulties. If, for a moment, our improvements seem to produce a larger result than the old gospel, it will be the growth of mushrooms, it may even be the growth of toadstools; but it is not the growth of trees of the Lord.Murray also says that a recurring warning in Spurgeon's later sermons was that "God has not appointed salvation by enquiry-rooms."
An All-Round Ministry, p. 376
Friday, February 17, 2006
By attributing the following quote to Charles Spurgeon and admitting that I'm reading Iain Murray's The Forgotten Spurgeon, I realize that I am forfeiting a wealth of guessable quotes for our recurring game. Oh well. I simply think the weight and insight of Spurgeon's words are too incisive to the state of today's Baptist churches and para-church ministries to make any kind of game out of it. Concerning the subtly manipulative strategies of public response-oriented decisionism that became popular in the 1890s, Murray reports that Spurgeon writes:
Posted by Ben at 2/17/2006