1998-08-11 - The Prince of Preachers
The Spiritual Giants Series, Part 2
Maybe the greatest preacher England ever produced was Charles Haddon Spurgeon. His impact is like Luther, unmeasurable. He was able to say honestly that he never preached a sermon, in his entire life, that was not stamped with approval by God with the conversion of at least one soul. He once invited an American preacher to preach from his pulpit. The American preached a moralistic sermon and went on and on about the evils of tobacco. After the sermon Spurgeon promptly announced that he was going back to his study for a smoke. Here are some of his thoughts:
"Feel for others---in your pocket."
"God's people may groan, but they may not grumble."
"All sin is folly; all sinners are fools."
"Faith and obedience are bound up in the same bundle. He that obeys God, trusts God; and he that trusts God, obeys God."
"The first link between my soul and Christ is not my goodness but my badness, not my merit but my misery, not my riches but my need."
"He is sure of heaven who is sure of Christ."
"I could not bear to be an 'ignoramus' or an 'agnostic' about God! I must have God! I can not do without him."
"Free will I have often heard of, but I have never seen it. I have met with will, and plenty of it, but it has either been led captive by sin or held in blessed bonds of grace."
"I suspect that every saved soul in heaven is a vast museum of wonders of grace and mercy, a palace of miracles, in which everything will surprise everyone who gets there."
"I like, sometimes, to leave off praying, and to sit still, and just gaze upwards till my inmost soul has seen my Lord."
Soli Deo Gloria,