28 November 2009

The Evil of Uncertain Preaching

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 is from "A Sermon for the Time Present," preached at the height of the Down-Grade Controvery, on 30 October 1887.

he brilliance of the gospel light is dimmed by error. The clearness of the testimony is spoiled when doubtful voices are scattered among the people, and those who ought to preach the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, are telling out for doctrines the imaginations of men, and the inventions of the age.

Instead of revelation, we have philosophy, falsely so-called; instead of divine infallibility, we have surmises and larger hopes. The gospel of Jesus Christ, which is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever, is taught as the production of progress, a growth, a thing to be amended and corrected year by year. It is an ill day, both for the church and the world, when the trumpet does not give a certain sound; for who shall prepare himself for the battle?

C. H. Spurgeon



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Frogblogger said...

I am convicted by these words. I just preached a sermon today that caused quite a brew-ha ha, so much so that I have flickering doubts about what I preached as Biblical truth this morning. Spurgeon is reminding me that I am not preaching for the approval of men, which is so fickle, but at the pleasure of my Lord. Thanks for posting this!