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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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Spurgeon's Sword

Flashes of Spurgeon's Sword

Reprinted from Our Outlook. A Quarterly Message in Connection with Highgate Road Chapel, London, N.W.5, Vol. VI, No. 1, New Series, January-March, 1940.)
Dr John Wilmot

Every lover of God's Truth may well thank God for Spurgeon. Not only for his Gospel preaching, but also for his faithful contention against the apostasy of his day.

Spurgeon set forth in plain, burning words, in his paper "The Sword and the Trowel", and in his sermons, his contention and the contention of his God against the "Down-Grade Movement" that was even then sweeping over the Churches of Britain and America. His opposition was not only in word but in deed, for he withdrew from the Baptist Union, because of its unsoundness in the faith, and would not be persuaded to make terms or again enter into fellowship with those whom he deemed to be traitors to his Lord, and so he courageously battled for God and His Truth, until in 1892 his sword was laid down, and the faithful warrior was called into His Captain's presence.

The following excerpts from his battle-cries deserve to be kept before the people of God in these days of advancing apostasy, and we wish to nail them to the wall:

"We live in perilous times: we are passing through a most eventful period; the Christian World is convulsed; there is a mighty upheaval of the old foundations of faith; a great overhauling of old teaching. The Bible is being made to speak to-day in a language which to our fathers would be an unknown tongue.

"We would greatly object to the sniffing about for heresy which some speak of; but in this case the heresy is avowed, and is thrust forward in no diffident style.

"A new religion has been initiated, which is no more Christianity than chalk is cheese; and this religion, being destitute of moral honesty, palms itself off as the old faith with slight improvements, and on this plea usurps pulpits which were erected for Gospel preaching. The atonement is scouted, the inspiration of Scripture is derided, the Holy Spirit is degraded into an influence, the punishment of sin is turned into fiction, and the resurrection into a myth, and yet these enemies of our faith expect us to call the brethren, and maintain a confederacy with them.

And the worst of it is, the people love it. "College, for example, continues to pour forth men to take charge of our Churches, who do not believe, in any proper sense, in the inspiration of the Scriptures, who deny the vicarious sacrifice on the Cross, and hold that, if sinners are not saved on this side of the grave they may, can, or must be on the other. And the worst of it is, the people love it.

"What havoc false doctrine is making no tongue can tell. Assuredly the New Theology can do no good towards God or man; it has no adaptation for it. If it were preached for a thousand years by all the most earnest men of the School, it would never renew a soul, nor overcome pride in a single human heart.

"So much of subtlety is mixed up with the whole business, that the Word seems to fall upon a sack of wool, or to miss its mark.

We have no longer "Thus saith the Lord", but "Thus saith Modern Thought". "The fount of inspiration is not now within the Book, and with the Holy Spirit, but within the man's own intelligence. We have no longer "Thus saith the Lord", but "Thus saith Modern Thought". We used to debate upon particular about general redemption, but now men question whether there is any redemption at all worthy of the name. Truth has its coat turned inside out, and then is dragged up and down the street in scorn. They make a straw man, and carry him about as a guy hoping afterwards to burn him. Fine sport for children but great folly for men.

"Difference of judgement upon minor matters, and varieties of mode in action, are not now under question; but matters vital to religion. Others may trifle about such things; we cannot and dare not.

"We who believe Holy Scripture to be the inspired truth of God cannot have fellowship with those who deny the authority from which we derive all our teaching.

Yet professedly sound believers are in full accord with these outspokenly heterodox men... "They have all the liberty in the world, and we would be the last to abridge it; but that liberty cannot demand our co-operation. If these men believe such things, let them teach them, and construct Churches, Unions and Brotherhoods for themselves. Why must they come among us? When they enter among us unawares, and are resolved to stay, what can we do? The question is not soon answered; but, surely, in no case will we give them fellowship, or profess to do so.

"Yet professedly sound believers are in full accord with these outspokenly heterodox men, and are linked kith them in set and normal union. Is this according to the mind of the God of Truth?"

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