posted by Phil Johnson
The PyroManiacs devote some space each week to highlights from The Spurgeon Archive.
The following tidbit is from the October 1868 issue of The Sword and the Trowel. Spurgeon had long opposed the Anglo-Catholicism that dominated the Church of England in the wake of the Oxford Movement. That movement was also known as the "Tractarian Movement," after a series of tractates written to promote that generation's most popular New Perspectives.
When Spurgeon preached against the doctrine of baptismal regeneration, it stirred a great controversy. At the height of that controversy, Spurgeon published some short, satirical tracts of his own, including this one and this one, which were published together in an issue of Spurgeon's magazine and generated an unusual outpouring of protests from people who complained that they were uncharitable and overly "harsh."
Since we've heard from not a few readers who solemnly assure us that Spurgeon would not approve of the Po-Motivators, we wanted to let him speak for himself.
E fear that our two pictures of last month greatly shocked a few of our good readers whose souls are tender of the Establishment; but we do not in any degree apologize to them because the shock, like that of a cold bath early in the morning, will do them good, and strengthen their constitutions.
We can assure them that they cannot be one-half so much shocked by our ridicule of error as we are by the error itself.
We do not make the evil, we only expose it; and if we use words and symbols which strike and stick, and even offend, we believe that they are necessary, and ought to be used far more frequently.
We are not going to handle the abominations of the present Anglican establishment with kid gloves; and if we judge sarcasm and ridicule to be deserved, we shall give the Lord's enemies their full quota of scorn.