Wednesday, September 18, 2013

You Cannot Preach a Better Gospel

From the introduction to the book Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology:
The great English preacher C. H. Spurgeon recounted one of the more unusual experiences of his highly unusual life. He was headed to Haverhill in Suffolk and, due to rail delays, was running late for a preaching engagement. I'll let him pick up the story here:
So it happened that I reached the appointed place considerably behind time. Like sensible people, they had begun their worship, and had proceeded as far as the sermon. As I neared the chapel, I perceived that someone was in the pulpit preaching, and who should the preacher be but my dear and venerable grandfather! He saw me as I came in at the front door, and made my way up the aisle, and at once he said, ‘Here comes my grandson! He may preach the gospel better than I can, but he cannot preach a better gospel; can you, Charles?’ As I pressed through the throng, I answered, ‘You can preach better I can. Pray go on.’ But he would not agree to that. I must take the sermon, and so I did, going on with the subject there and then, just where he left off.[1]  (11)

Fellow pastors, you might be able to preach the gospel well, but be leery of trying to preach a better gospel. You cannot.


For more:
Wanted: Longsuffering Pastors
A Minister's Melancholy:  Spurgeon on the Downcast Preacher - Part 1
A Minister's Melancholy:  Spurgeon on the Downcast Preacher - Part 2 
A Minister's Melancholy:  Spurgeon on the Downcast Preacher - Part 3
A Minister's Melancholy:  Spurgeon on the Downcast Preacher - Part 4 
A Minister's Melancholy:  Spurgeon on the Downcast Preacher - Part 5 
Charles Spurgeon: A Biographical Documentary 
A Pedstal For the Cross: Spurgeon on Preaching
Repost | Shai Linne: Spurgeon
Theology Thursday | Spurgeon on Uniformity vs. Unity
Spurgeon's Defense of Calvinism - Part 1
Spurgeon's Defense of Calvinism - Part 2
Spurgeon's Defense of Calvinism - Part 3
Spurgeon's Defense of Calvinism - Part 4
Spurgeon's Defense of Calvinism - Part 5
"Great Forgiveness For Great Sin": A Sermon Preached by CH Spurgeon - Part 1
"Great Forgiveness For Great Sin": A Sermon Preached by CH Spurgeon - Part 2
"Great Forgiveness For Great Sin": A Sermon Preached by CH Spurgeon - Part 3
"Does Revelation Teach Us Evolution?": The Prince of Preachers on the Question of Evolution
"A Habit Most Natural, Scriptural, Manly, and Beneficial": Spurgeon on Growing a Beard 
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