"C. H. Spurgeon earnestly exhorted those who
had accepted Christ as their Saviour to come forward amongst his
people and avow their attachment to His person and name. Words of kindly
encouragement and of loving persuasiveness, were addressed to the
timid and retiring ones, who feared to avow themselves to be the Lord's lest
they should fall back into sin and dishonor His name. This was followed by an
appeal to those who had confessed the name of Jesus — an appeal of so
stirring and searching a nature, that many must have felt constrained to
say, 'Lord what wilt thou have me to do?' Prayer for more earnest living,
abiding, practical godliness, followed this address." — The Sword and The
Trowel Magazine, 1865, page. 70 .
Spurgeon said in one of
his New Park Street sermons --
I do not say to you, "Go home
and seek God in prayer; I say come to Christ now at this very hour;" you
will never be in a better state than you are now, for you were never in a worse
state, and that is the fittest state in which to come to Christ. He that is very
sick is just in the right state to have a doctor; he that is filthy and begrimed
is just in the right state to be washed; he that is naked is just in the right
state to be clothed. That is your case.
But you say, "I do not feel my
need." Just so: your not feeling it proves you to have the greater need. You
cannot trust your feelings, because you say, you have not any. Why, if
God were to hear your prayers arid make you feel your need, you would begin to
trust in your feelings, and would be led to say, "I trust Christ because I feel
my need;" that would be just saying, "I trust myself." All these things are but
Popery in disguise; all this preaching to sinners that they must feel this and
feel that before they trust in Jesus, is just self-righteousness in another
I know our Calvinistic brethren will not like this
sermon—I cannot help that—for I do not hesitate to say, that Phariseeism
is mixed with Hyper-Calvinism more than with any other sect in the world.
And I do solemnly declare that this preaching to the prejudice and feelings of
what they call sensible sinners, is nothing more than self-righteousness
taking a most cunning and crafty shape, for it is telling the sinner that he
must be something before he comes to Christ. Whereas the gospel is preached not
to sensible sinners, or sinners with any other qualifying adjective, but to
sinners as sinners, to sinners just as they are; it is not
to sinners as repentant sinners, but to sinners as sinners, be their
state what it may, and their feelings whatever they may.
Mercy's door is wide open flung to you this morning; let not Satan push you back
saying, "You are not fit;" You are not fit! that is to say, you have all
the fitness Christ wants, and that is none at all. Come to him just as you are.
(New Park Street Pulpit, Year 1860, #336 — STRUGGLES OF
CONSCIENCE, page 403). -- Bob L. Ross
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