posted by Phil Johnson
The PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from The Spurgeon Archive. This excerpt comes from the same sermon we excerpted last October 29, "Everywhere and Yet Forgotten," a sermon preached on July 29, 1860, at Exeter Hall, London.would we had another Job, to chastise the high-sounding language of [post]modern theologians.
There are starting up in our midst men, who if they are not heretics in doctrine, are aliens in speech. They are men described by the old preachers, who say, "Mark!" and there is nothing to mark, and who shout, "Observe!" and there is nothing to observe, except the want of everything that is worth observing.
We know ministers who cannot speak in the common language of mankind, but must needs adopt the jargon of Carlyle, who sets language on its head, and puts the last word first. These men must needs make the English language a slave to the Germanthe glorious grand old Saxon must buckle to their heresies and conceal the depths of their falsehoods.
I pray God the time may come when some man may unmask them, when all these wind-bags may be rent, and all these bladders may be pricked, when if teachers have anything to tell us they will deliver themselves so that all can understand. If they cannot use plain language let their tongues go to school till they have learned it.