Spurgeon on Preaching

“The honest preacher calls a sin a sin,
and a spade a spade, and says to men, “You are ruining yourselves; while
you reject Christ you are living on the borders of hell, and ere long you will
be lost to all eternity. There shall be no mincing the matter, you must
escape from the wrath to come by faith in Jesus, or be driven for ever from
God’s presence, and from all hope of joy.” The preacher must make his
sermons cut. He is not to file off the edge of his scythe for fear it should
hurt somebody. No, my hearers, we mean to hurt you; our sickle is made
on purpose to cut. The gospel is intended to wound the conscience, and to
go right through the heart, with the design of separating the soul from sin
and self, as the corn is divided from the soil. Our object is to cut the sinner
right down, for all the comeliness of the flesh must be slain, all his glory, all
his excellence must be withered, and the man must be as one dead ere he
can be saved. Ministers who do not aim to cut deep are not worth their
salt. God never sent the man who never troubles men’s consciences. Such
a man may be an ass treading down the corn, but a reaper he certainly is
not. We want faithful ministers; pray God to send them. Ask him to give us
men who will preach the whole truth, who will not be afraid of certain
humbling doctrines, but will bring out, for instance, the doctrine of
election, and not be ashamed of it, who will tell men that salvation is of the
Lord, and will not go about to please them by letting them have a finger in
salvation, as though they were to share in the glory of it. Oh for laborers
who can use sharp cutting sickles upon ungodly hearts!”

From Spurgeon’s commentary on Matthew 9:37-10:1



One Response

  1. Two quotes I have come across in reading today that were convicting like this passage from Spurgeon.

    1. Ravi Zacharias on what kills our message as preachers more than anything else. “There are few obstacles to faith as serious as expounding the unlived life.”

    2. John Stott. “The demise of the pastor’s calling can be found when the ‘study’ is called the ‘office.’ Knowledge increases exponentially, and it is part of our calling to work hard at understanding as much as we can about the themes we must address.”

    Oh how these have hit me hard the last few days. I have truly found myself refreshed this week by going back and spending more time with the atonement, specifically, Mark 10:45, Rom. 8:18-19, and 2 Cor. 5:21. I am weeping at the loss of the penal factor of the atonement. I can not tell you how much I have heard recently of the atonement being just an example for our lives, and that it lacks any violence. May we study the scriptures and when finding what we do not like, make the choice to change rather than making scripture do the changing. Less of us and more of you Jesus.

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