Monday, November 12, 2007

If I Do So I Tell Them A Lie

"If the professed convert distinctly and deliberately declares that he knows the Lord's will but does not mean to attend to it, you are not to pamper his presumption, but it is your duty to assure him that he is not saved. Do not suppose that the Gospel is magnified or God glorified by going to the worldlings and telling them that they may be saved at this moment by simply accepting Christ as their Savior, while they are wedded to their idols, and their hearts are still in love with sin. If I do so I tell them a lie, pervert the Gospel, insult Christ, and turn the grace of God into lasciviousness."

--C.H. Spurgeon


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again Spurgeon says the truth like few others have ever been able to do. What a brilliant, accurate expaination of the concept "accepting Christ" concept and worldliness!

12:59 PM  
Blogger Phil Perkins said...

Great quote!

Phil Perkins.

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mmmm... here comes some bubble bursting...

That quote is a man speaking. And, he is not speaking God's Word here. In fact, he bumbles a bit. God 'magnifies' His law. Paul 'magnifies' his office. But, Scripture never speaks of 'magnifying' the Gospel. I take that the Gospel of Christ being 'the power of God unto salvation' suffices, don't ya think? How would anyone 'magnify' that??? And, Paul shows us in 1 Cor 15 just what EXACTLY that gospel is. It is BELIEVING that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day. And, 'accepting Christ as their Savior' then would be a false gospel, actually... if, Spurgeion was implying that would save them if they were not wedded to idols and sin. 'BELIEVE' on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved...' Nothing about 'accepting', but twice distinctly about believing something. Ambassadors for Christ with the message of reconciliation know what that message is and it's nothing about accepting. I would suggest we trust God's word and not man's word about God's word. Folks just love commentary today. Studying God's word is... well, studying God's word. It is not studying commentaries.

Here, let's play it out:

God's 'Good News' to the whole world is: I accept Christ as my Savior.

God's 'Good News' to the whole world is: Christ died for our sins and was buried and rose again the third day.

One is what one would do, the other is believing what has been done for us.

Words mean things.


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