C.H. Spurgeon, The People’s Preacher | Film Review

ch-spurgeon-the-people-s-preacher-docu-drama-dvdCharles Haddon Spurgeon is remembered as the “Prince of Preachers”. An examination of the life and ministry of this saint of God leads one to quickly understand why. In the remarkable video, C.H. Spurgeon, The People’s Preacher, produced by Christian Television Association in England, distributed by Vision Video in America and provided to me by Fish Flix.com, one gets a wonderful look into the life and ministry of the humble pastor. I may be biased as I review this film because I have long loved Spurgeon for many, many years. Nevertheless, this video is a must see for every believer.

From his birth in Kelverton, England to his conversion at age 15 in a small Methodist church, to his pastorate of the great Metropolitan Tabernacle, to the troubling and taxing Downgrade controversy to his untimely passing, this film gives an accurate and faithful story of his life and ministry. Continue reading C.H. Spurgeon, The People’s Preacher | Film Review

Charles Spurgeon on Calvinism — Unconditional Election | Nathan W. Bingham

from Ligonier Ministries

Charles Spurgeon tenaciously held to the doctrine of unconditional election. By necessity, this biblical truth flows from belief in human depravity. Because the will of man is utterly dead and cannot choose God, God must exercise His sovereign will to save. Out of the mass of fallen humanity, God made an eternal, distinguishing choice. Before the foundation of the world, He determined whom He would save. Spurgeon contended that were it not for God’s choice of His elect, none would be saved.

Like all the doctrines that Spurgeon held, he believed this truth because he was convinced it is rooted and grounded in the Bible: “Whatever may be said about the doctrine of election, it is written in the Word of God as with an iron pen, and there is no getting rid of it.” In his sermon titled “Election,” preached on September 2, 1855, Spurgeon read many passages that unmistakably teach this doctrinal truth. Among the texts he cited and explained were Luke 18:7; John 15:16; 17:8–9; Acts 13:48; Romans 8:29, 33; 9:11–13; 11:7; 1 Corinthians 1:26–29; Ephesians 1:14; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:13–14; Titus 1:1; 1 Peter 1:1–2; and 2 John 1. In this exposition, Spurgeon stated:

In the very beginning, when this great universe lay in the mind of God, like unborn forests in the acorn cup; long ere the echoes awoke the solitudes; before the mountains were brought forth; and long ere the light flashed through the sky, God loved His chosen creatures. Before there was any created being—when the ether was not fanned by an angel’s wing, when space itself had not an existence, when there was nothing save God alone—even then, in that loneliness of Deity, and in that deep quiet and profundity, His bowels moved with love for His chosen. Their names were written on His heart, and then were they dear to His soul.

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Myles Weiss | Proclaiming the Prince of Peace

There is a thread—a scarlet cord, if you will—of Believers who make up the remnant that exists in every generation. The Bride of Yeshua, made up of Jews and gentiles, always has ample representation that bears witness to His reality to anyone who will listen. They are the “whosoevers” of John 3:16.

After the 4th-century official declaration of Christianity as Rome’s religion, the mixture with paganism and cutting off from Jewish roots began the descent into the Dark Ages. However, as noted above, God always keeps a faithful following. While voices like Archbishop of Constantinople John Chrysostom (347–407 AD)— “The synagogue is worse than a brothel… the den of scoundrels, and the repair of wild beasts”—and Martin Luther (1483–1546 AD)—“Verily a hopeless, wicked,venomous, and devilish thing is the existence of these Jews”—spewed vile, anti-Semitic rantings, others recognized the significance of Israel and the Israelites in God’s plan. Like relay runners in a centuries-long race, they passed the baton of
vision from one to another, keeping hope alive for the Jewish people’s assurance of God’s covenant-keeping power.

A very eloquent spokesman for the Gospel and the Jews, Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892)—reverently tagged “Prince of Preachers”—is estimated to have preached to approximately 10 million souls during his lifetime! Along with his straightforward presentation of the biblical claims of Messiah, Spurgeon had a very direct interpretation of the “Jewish question.” In the 1860s, he
brilliantly stated,

“I think we do not attach sufficient importance to the restoration of the Jews. We do not think enough about it. But certainly, if there is anything promised in the Bible it is this. … You cannot read the Bible without seeing clearly that there is to be an actual restoration of the Children of Israel. … For when the Jews are restored, the fullness of the gentiles shall be gathered in; and as soon as they return, then Jesus will come upon Mount Zion.”

As powerful as that is, he followed it later in life with this:

“We cannot help looking for the restoration of the scattered Israelites to the land which God has given to them by a covenant … we also look for the time when they shall believe in the Messiah whom they have rejected …and shall rejoice in Jesus of Nazareth. … Let those who believe work on!Those who believe not may give it up. They shall not have the honor of having helped to gather the ancient nation to which our Lord himself belonged; for be it never forgotten
that Jesus was a Jew.”

The prince of preachers proclaimed the Prince of Peace in his day. We follow and do the same.We believe and we work on … for the glorious future of God’s own people and His covenant promises.

Published with the permission of Zola Levitt Ministries. Myles Weiss is co-host of Zola Levitt Presents.

Team Pyro- Spurgeon, A Word of Warning to Hypocrites

from Pyromaniacs:

The enemies inside the church do her the most serious damage—she suffers most from those fearfully presumptuous sinners who are not satisfied with sinning in the King’s kingdom, but must needs sin in the King’s palace, who dare to bring their filthinesses even to his own table, and pollute it.

If any of you who are hypocrites hope to escape, you need dwell deep indeed! Where are the deep places which can afford refuge to religious pretenders? Where shall liars conceal themselves? O, hypocrite! it may be you have planned your sin so cleverly that the wife of your bosom does not know it: your scheme is so admirably cunning that you carry two faces, and yet no Christian sees other than that Christian mask of yours. Ah, sir! but you are a greater fool than I take you for, if you think you can deceive your God. Your own conscience must be very uneasy.

Hypocrites are the devil’s martyrs; they endure a life-long martyrdom of constraint and fear.

I have seen, when I was a boy, a juggler in the street throw up half-a-dozen balls, or knives and plates, and continue catching and throwing them, and to me it seemed marvellous; but the religious juggler beats all others hollow. He has to keep up Christianity and worldliness at the same time, and catch two sets of balls at once. To be a freeman of Christ and a slave of the world, at the same time, must need fine acting. One of these days you, Sir Juggler, will make a slip with one of the balls, and your game will be over.

A man cannot always keep it up, and play the game so cleverly at all hours; sooner or later he fails, and then he is made a hissing and a by-word, and becomes ashamed, if any shame be left in him.

O, “dwell deep, ye inhabitants of Dedan,” if you think to escape from God’s eye and from the revealing power of his providence. Better were it for you to come right out, and throw away your cloaks, and be deceivers no longer. Cast off your double-mindedness. “Cease to do evil, learn to do well,” for it is time to seek the Lord, and may God grant you his effectual grace that you may do so at once, ere he condemn you to the lowest hell.

“Thy Word”–not that voice in my head–“is truth”

The following excerpt is from “Our Lord’s Prayer for His People’s Sanctification,” preached by C.H. Spurgeon on Sunday Morning, 7 March 1886 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, from Pyromaniacs:

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”John 17:17.

What is the truth? There is the point. Is the truth that which I imagine to be revealed to me by some private communication? Am I to fancy that I enjoy some special revelation, and am I to order my life by voices, dreams, and impressions?

Brethren, fall not into this common delusion. God’s word to us is in Holy Scripture. All the truth that sanctifies men is in God’s Word. Do not listen to those who cry, “Lo here!” and “Lo there!”

I am plucked by the sleeve almost every day by crazy persons and pretenders who have revelations. One man tells me that God has sent a message to me by him; and I reply, “No, sir, the Lord knows where I dwell, and he is so near to me that he would not need to send to me by you.”

Another man announces in God’s name a dogma which, on the face of it, is a lie against the Holy Ghost. He says the Spirit of God told him so-and-so; but we know that the Holy Ghost never contradicts himself.

If your imaginary revelation is not according to this Word, it has no weight with us; and if it is according to this Word, it is no new thing.

Brethren, this Bible is enough if the Lord does but use it, and quicken it by his Spirit in our hearts. Truth is neither your opinion, nor mine; your message, nor mine. Jesus says, “Thy word is truth.” That which sanctifies men is not only truth, but it is the particular truth which is revealed in God’s Word—”Thy word is truth.”

What a blessing it is that all the truth that is necessary to sanctify us is revealed in the Word of God, so that we have not to expend our energies upon discovering truth, but may, to our far greater profit, use revealed truth for its divine ends and purposes! There will be no more revelations; no more are needed. The canon is fixed and complete, and he that adds to it shall have added to him the plagues that are written in this Book.

What need of more when here is enough for every practical purpose? “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

C. H. Spurgeon

 

Spurgeons Morning Reading

“The voice of weeping shall be no more heard.”—Isaiah 65:19.

HE glorified weep no more, for all outward a causes of grief are gone. There are no broken friendships, nor blighted prospects in heaven. Poverty, famine, peril, persecution, and slander, are unknown there. No pain distresses, no thought of death or bereavement saddens. They weep no more, for they are perfectly sanctified. No “evil heart of unbelief” prompts them to depart from the living God; they are without fault before His throne, and are fully conformed to His image. Well may they cease to mourn who have ceased to sin. They weep no more, because all fear of change is past. They know that they are eternally secure. Sin is shut out, and they are shut in. They dwell within a city which shall never be stormed; they bask in a sun which shall never set; they drink of a river which shall never dry; they pluck fruit from a tree which shall never wither. Countless cycles may revolve, but eternity shall not be exhausted, and while eternity endures, their immortality and blessedness shall co-exist with it. They are for ever with the Lord. They weep no more, because every desire is fulfilled. They cannot wish for anything which they have not in possession. Eye and ear, heart and hand, judgment, imagination, hope, desire, will, all the faculties, are completely satisfied; and imperfect as our present ideas are of the things which God hath prepared for them that love him, yet we know enough, by the revelation of the Spirit, that the saints above are supremely blessed. The joy of Christ, which is an infinite fulness of delight, is in them. They bathe themselves in the bottomless, shoreless sea of infinite beatitude. That same joyful rest remains for us. It may not be far distant. Ere long the weeping willow shall be exchanged for the palm-branch of victory, and sorrow’s dewdrops will be transformed into the pearls of everlasting bliss. “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

from The Spurgeon Archive

Spurgeon on separation from false teachers

Spurgeon on separation from false teachers.

“For Christians to be linked in association with ministers who do not preach the gospel of Christ is to incur moral guilt. A union which can continue irrespective of whether its member churches belong to a common faith is not fulfilling any scriptural function. The preservation of a denominational association when it is powerless to discipline heretics cannot be justified on the grounds of the preservation of ‘Christian unity.’ It is error which breaks the unity of churches, and to remain in a denominational alignment which condones error is to support schism.”

C.H.S., The Forgotten Spurgeon, Murray, 164-165.

One thing is clear to us, we cannot be expected to meet in any union which comprehends those whose teachings on fundamental points is exactly the reverse of that which we hold dear. Cost what it may, to separate ourselves from those who separate themselves from the truth of God is not alone our liberty but our duty.”

C.H.S., The Sword and Trowel.

“Separation from such as connive at fundamental error, or withhold the ‘Bread of life’ from perishing souls, is not schism, but only what truth, and conscience, and God require of all who would be found faithful.”

C.H.S., 1888, The Sword and Trowel, 127.

 

The Epitome of Calvinism; the Essence of the Gospel; the Antidote for False Doctrine

from Pyromaniacs

The PyroManiacs devote some space each weekend to highlights from The Spurgeon Archive. The following excerpt is from "God Alone the Salvation of his People," a sermon preached on Sunday morning, 18 May 1856, at the New Park Street Chapel in Southwark, London.

od "only is our rock and our salvation." If any one should ask us what we would choose for our motto, as preachers of the gospel, we think we should reply, "God only is our salvation."

 
The late lamented Mr. Denham has put at the foot of his portrait, a most admirable Iext, "Salvation is of the Lord" Now, that is just an epitome of Calvinism; it is the sum and the substance of it. If any one should ask you what you mean by a Calvinist, you may reply, "He is one who says, salvation is of the Lord."

I cannot find in Scripture any other doctrine than this. It is the essence of the Bible. "He only is my rock and my salvation." Tell me anything that departs from this and it will be a heresy; tell me a heresy, and I shall find its essence here, that it has departed from this great, this fundamental, this rocky truth, "God is my rock and my salvation."

What is the heresy of Rome, but the addition of something to the perfect merits of Jesus Christ—the bringing in of the works of the flesh, to assist in our justification? and what is that heresy of Arminianism but the secret addition of something to the complete work of the Redeemer?
You will find that every heresy, if rough to the touchstone, will discover itself here, it departs from this, "He only is my rock and my salvation."