posted by Phil Johnson
The PyroManiacs devote space at the beginning of each week to highlights from The Spurgeon Archive.
This short paragraph continues a theme begun here two weeks ago, with Spurgeon decrying the tendency of modern ministers to despise the simple and unlearned. This is an excerpt from a sermon with a wonderful Christmas theme, but originally preached at the peak of summer of 1859, at the Surrey Gardens Music Hall. The sermon is titled, "The Meek and Lowly One"
hrist's lowliness of heart leads him to receive the most ignorant as well as the learned to himself. I know that sometimes poor ignorant people get a notion in their heads that they cannot be saved, because they cannot read and do not know much. I have sometimes, especially in country villages, received this answer, when I have been asking anything about personal religion. "Well, you know, sir, I never had any learning."
Oh! but, ye unlearned, is this a reason why ye should stay away from him who is lowly in heart?
It was said of an old Greek philosopher, that he wrote over his door, "None but the learned may enter here." But Christ, on the contrary, writes over his door," He that is simple let him turn in hither."
There are many great men with long handles to their names who know little of the gospel, while some of the poor unlettered ones spell out the whole secret, and become perfect masters in divinity. If they had degrees who deserve them, diplomas should often be transferred, and given to those who hold the plough handle or work at the carpenter's bench; for there is often more divinity in the little finger of a ploughman than there is in the whole body of some of our modern divines.
"Don't they understand divinity?" you say.
Yes, in the letter of it; but as to the spirit and life of it, D.D. often means DOUBLY DESTITUTE.