03 April 2011

The Glory of the Gospel's Simplicity

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 "Men Bewitched," a sermon preached by Spurgeon in the Metropolitan Tabernacle at some unknown date, first published in 1880.

good many years ago, when I was about fifteen or sixteen years of age, I wanted a Savior, and I heard the gospel preached by a poor man, who said in the name of Jesus—"Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth." It was very plain English, and I understood it, and obeyed it and found rest.

I owe all my happiness since then to the same plain doctrine.

Now, suppose that I were to say, "I have read a great many books, and there are a great many people willing to hear me. I really could not preach such a commonplace gospel as I did at the first. I must put it in a sophisticated way, so that none but the elite can understand me." I should be—what should I be? I should be a fool, writ large.

I should be worse than that, I should be a traitor to my God; for if I was saved by a simple gospel, then I am bound to preach that same simple gospel till I die, so that others too may be saved by it. When I cease to preach salvation by faith in Jesus put me into a lunatic asylum, for you may be sure that my mind is gone.

C. H. Spurgeon


Tom Chantry said...

Why does that sound to me like a blog name waiting to happen? "A Fool, Writ Large" - foolwritlarge.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

The last line is just classic.

Tyrone said...

"KISS" (keep it simple stupid), thank you brother Spurgeon.

ANiMaL said...

Short. Sweet. True.