Spurgeon on the Atonement

Yesterday I shared a quote from Wayne Grudem on the atonement. Today it’s Spurgeon’s turn:“All the love and acceptance which perfect obedience could have obtained of God belong to you because Christ was perfectly obedient on your behalf. Those who set aside the atonement as a satisfaction for sin also murder the doctrine of justification by faith. They must do so. There is a common element which is the essence of both doctrines; so that, if you deny the one, you destroy the other.Modern thought i … [Read more...]

Spurgeon's Challenge to Preachers

This week’s dose of Spurgeon at Pyromaniacs is well worth reading in its entirety. It fits in nicely with my current series on preaching, and in many ways parallels what the Doctor's quote says about “dead orthodoxy” on my blog this morning. Spurgeon believed in Spirit and Word. What a tragedy that many of today's cessationists would feel uncomfortable about this language concerning the Spirit, and that the average charismatic doesn't value the Word of God sufficiently. The urgent need of the hou … [Read more...]

Spurgeon and Millennial Mud Slinging

Well, I knew it would happen. People on both sides of the great premillennialist versus amillennialist debate sparked by John MacArthur have started throwing Spurgeon quotes at each other. I have been doing my best to stay on the sidelines on this one, and I haven't even read the rest of Tim’s summaries of the conference. (Certain events have obviously preoccupied me!) I have been trying to resist posting anything new, preferring instead to simply publish "something I prepared earlier" ( … [Read more...]

Lloyd-Jones Monday – The Doctor, Spurgeon, and Plagiarism

In today's Lloyd-Jones Monday, the Doctor discusses the issue of "preaching other people's sermons," which he states is "a not uncommon practice.""I have but one comment to make about this—it is utterly dishonest unless you acknowledge what you are doing. I never have understood how a man can live with himself, who preaches other men's sermons without acknowledgment. He receives the praise and the thanks of people, and yet knows that this is not due to him. He is a thief and a robber; he is a g … [Read more...]

T4G Article 4 – Lloyd-Jones on Spurgeon: Are Sermon Series Compulsory?

In today’s Martyn Lloyd-Jones Monday, I come to one of the most fascinating questions about preaching. I am not sure exactly what was in the minds of the people who crafted the T4G statement which highlighted the importance of expository preaching. As we shall see in later posts, people differ on whether to define expository preaching as, by necessity, part of a longer series on a book of the Bible. Spurgeon held somewhat different views to many today on the necessity of a preacher having a set s … [Read more...]

Should We be Optimistic or Pessimistic About the Future?

Mark Dever over at Together for the Gospel has written about how we should expect persecution. He may well be right. As I read his post, however, and also a few of his buddy, Al Mohler's, cultural observations, I wonder if I detect a more general note of pessimism about the future of the church.I may very well be wrong about that in the case of the individual people I mention, but I'm sure there are many Christians who are, indeed, very negative about the future. It certainly seems that … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on the Extent of Salvation – Will More be Saved than Lost?

There is no doubt that of all the doctrines of Calvinism, the so-called limited atonement is the most misunderstood and controversial. Sadly, many interpret this as indicating that salvation itself is "limited" and that few will be saved. Spurgeon clearly didn't think so as this extract from one of his sermons will show. Incidentally, this is preaching as it ought to be! My Spurgeon Challenge remains open, but at least this shows Spurgeon speaking about something similar to the sentiments I … [Read more...]

SERMON – How to Define Revival and be Revived Personally

This past Sunday I preached on revival. You can download the audio or listen right here using the following embedded player. I have shared my notes almost exactly as I preached from them. They might not make a great deal of sense to someone else, for which I apologise. Hopefully the audio is easier to follow. This was a hard sermon to prepare, but one that I really felt assisted by God as I preached.1. Why do we need revival? “we begin to die @ birth” ...Death since Adams sin – sickness “half dea … [Read more...]

One Charles Echoes Another Charles

Phil is back with a quote from Charles Spurgeon that sounds like it could have come from Charles Simeon. I wonder whether those guys will comment on the great news that Simeon's works will now live again? "I bless God I love the doctrines of grace, but I never considered the doctrines of grace to be like drawn swords with which to fight every man living." … [Read more...]

Revival – A Calvinist Phenomenon?

In the introduction to the 1859 volume of Spurgeon's sermons we find the following provocative few paragraphs:In the history of the Church, with but few exceptions, you could not find a revival at all that was not produced by the orthodox faith. What was that great work which was done by Augustine, when the Church suddenly woke up from the pestiferous and deadly sleep into which Pelagian doctrine had cast it? What was the Reformation itself but the awaking up of men's minds to those old truths? … [Read more...]