As most people in our church family at FBCBR already know, as do many of my friends and immediate family, I am a big fan of Charles H. Spurgeon. The 19th century world-renown preacher and Baptist pastor of the London Metropolitan Tabernacle stands as a giant in my eyes. His ability to simultaneously preach accurately and expositionally God’s Holy Word and illustrate its power and truth for everyday life amazes me every time I read his works. Recently I picked up a small volume of Spurgeon’s works entitled The Greatest Fight in the World, which happens to be the final book he completed before his death. In it Spurgeon writes to the young men of his pastors college, encouraging them in the proven truth and power of God’s Word, the spiritual armor of the Lord for every believer, and the strength for the Christian in Christ Jesus. Below is a glimpse into Spurgeons heart and mind, as he upheld the life-changing nature and reliability of the gospel while openly challenging the emptiness of worldly philosophy and modern religion:
The weapons of our armory are the very best; for we have made trial of them, and have found them so. Some of you, younger brethren, have only tested the Scripture a little as yet; but others of us, who are now getting grey, can assure you that we have tried the Word, as silver is tried in a furnace; and it has stood every test, even unto seventy times seven. The sacred Word has endured more criticism than the best accepted form of philosophy or science, and it has survived every ordeal. As a living divine has said, “After its present assailants are all dead, their funeral sermons will be preached from this Book – not one verse omitted- from the first page of Genesis to the last page of Revelation.” Some of us have lived for many years, in daily conflict, perpetually putting to the proof the Word of God; now we can honestly give you this assurance, that it is equal to every emergency. After using this sword of two edges upon coats of mail, and buckles of brass, we find no notch in its edge. It is neither broken nor blunted in the fray. It would cleave the devil himself, from the crown of his head to the sole of his foot; and yet it would show no sign of failure whatsoever. To-day it is still the self-same mighty Word of God that it was in the hands of our Lord Jesus. How it strengthens us when we remember that many conquests of souls which we have achieved through the sword of the Spirit!
Have any of you known or heard of such a thing as conversion wrought by any other doctrine than that which is in the Word? I should like to have a catalogue of conversions wrought by modern theology. I would subscribe for a copy of such a work. I will not say what I might do with it after I had read it; but I would, at least, increase its sale by one copy, just to see what progressive divinity pretends to have done. Conversions through the doctrines of universal restitution! Conversions through the doctrines of doubtful inspiration! Conversions to the love of God, and to faith in his Christ, by hearing that the death of the Savior was only the consummation of a grand example, but not a substitutionary sacrifice! Conversions by a gospel out of which all the gospel has been drained! They say ‘Wonders will never cease’: but such wonders never begin. Let them report changes of heart so wrought, and give us an opportunity of testing them; and then, perchance, we may consider whether it is worth our while to leave that Word which we have tried in hundreds, and, for some of us here, in many thousands of cases, and have always found effectual for salvation. We know why they sneer at conversions. These are grapes which such foxes cannot reach, and therefore they are sour. As we believe in the new birth, and expect to see it in thousands of cases, we shall adhere to that Word of truth by which the Holy Spirit works regeneration. In a word, in our warfare we shall keep to the old weapons of the sword of the Spirit, until we can find a better. ‘There is none like that; give it me’, is at present our verdict. (The Greatest Fight in the World, by Charles H. Spurgeon)
Praise God for his glorious gospel! What Christ has done on the cross is mankind’s only hope of salvation. May we continue to lean on God’s revealed, proven Word and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.