03 June 2012

About those "Honest Doubts . . ."

Your weekly dose of Spurgeon
posted by Phil Johnson

The PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from The Spurgeon Archive.The following excerpt was a short item in the July 1884 issue of The Sword and The Trowel.

WO pilots are alongside our vessel; each one is eager to seize the helm. Let us take stock of the rivals and their several works.

Faith in God has evidently steered many into a haven of personal rest, and their voyages have been grandly serviceable to that Humanity which we are nowadays so blandly invited to adore.

As for Doubt, that popular guide of man's youth, it has assuredly left the barques which it has boarded to drift to and fro like derelicts, without owner or harbour. When it has come on board our own vessel we have been all in a flutter till it has swaggered off again. Usefulness to humanity has come scantily enough from the skeptical principle. It has attempted nothing, and accomplished less.

"Weak to perform, though mighty to pretend."

Assuredly there will not be much lost if this popular gentleman called Doubt, who finds it needful ostentatiously to dub himself Honest, should be dropped overboard. He will not drown, and the yielding element will suit him.

Investigation, judgment, conscientious care, must ever be exercised; but the harpy of unbelief, perpetually defiling the sacred and tearing to pieces the useful, we cannot and will not endure. To live to jangle is no ambition of ours.

Plain common sense leads us to prefer virtue to vice, and, as a way to virtue, that same sense selects faith in God rather than incredulity. Surely it needs no surplus of wit to make this election. How can a man who has a right to be outside of Bedlam long debate which of the two to choose—the faith which sees the invisible God, or the blind unbelief whose highest glory is to know nothing?

C. H. Spurgeon

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