29 July 2006

Worldliness: lax doctrine's first evil fruit

Your weekly dose of Spurgeon
posted by Phil Johnson

The PyroManiacs devote space at the beginning of each week to highlights from The Spurgeon Archive. The following excerpt is from "Restoration of Truth and Revival," an essay that appeared in the December 1887 issue of The Sword and The Trowel.

It is clear to every one who is willing to see it that laxity of doctrine is either the parent of worldliness, or is in some other way very near akin to it. The men who give up the old faith are the same persons who plead for latitude as to general conduct. The Puritan is not more notorious for his orthodoxy than for his separateness from the world.

Liberal divines do not always command the respect of the public, but they gain a certain popularity by pandering to prevailing tastes. The ungodly world is so far on their side that it commends them for their liberality, and rails at the orthodox as bigots and kill-joys. It is a very suspicious circumstance that very often the less a man knows of the inner life, and the less he even cares to speak of it, the more heartily he is for the new theology, the theory of evolution, and the condemnation of all settled doctrine.

Those who would have a blessing from the Lord must avoid all this, and determine to follow the Lord fully. Not only must they quit false doctrine, but they must receive the gospel, not as dogma, but as vital truth. Only as the truth is attended with living faith will it prove its own royal power.

Believers must also sweep the house of the leaven of worldliness, and the frivolities of a giddy generation. The evil which is now current eats as doth a canker, and there is no hope for healthy godliness until it is cut out of the body of the church by her again repenting, and doing her first works.
C. H. Spurgeon


Steve said...

Loved every word of that! Once again Spurgeon has hit the mark on the state of the church today. Sad to say, lax doctrine is rampant...which is why worldliness is rampant as well.

This excerpt should be required reading in every Preaching 101 class. Will this excerpt appear in Truth Wars?

The Borg said...

I really like that. There is so much value in Christian writing from the past; if we read it for it's content and not just to be a part of the cult of dead theologian dudes and their fancy mahogany, Old Tawny & crackling open fires writing.

xopher_mc said...

Is orthodoxy something we posses or something we point to?

Evangelical books said...

I enjoyed reading that.

Now what is worldliness?

There seems to be differences in the definition of this word.