Saturday, February 7, 2009

Words from Charles Spurgeon

To try to win a soul to Christ by keeping that soul in ignorance of any truth, is contrary to the mind of the Spirit; and to endeavor to save men by mere claptrap, or excitement, or oratorical display, is a foolish as to hope to hold an angel with bird-line, or to lure a star with music. The best attraction is the gospel in its purity. The weapon with which the Lord conquers men is the truth as it is in Jesus. The gospel will be found equal to every emergency; an arrow can pierce the hardest heart, a balm which will heal the deadliest wound. Preach it, and preach nothing else. Rely implicitly upon the old, old gospel. You need no other nets when you fish for men; those your Master has given you are strong enough for the great fishes, and the meshes fine enough to hold the little ones. Spread those nets and no others, and you need not fear the fulfillment of His Word, "I will make you fishers of men".


Anonymous said...

Timely and true, Sherri. I fear for those who are being caught in nets that don't lead to Jesus. It seems they are everywhere these days.

Blessings to you.

Ben said...


Josh Mueller said...

How very true! I was wondering how Paul's flexibility in his approach to win people for Christ (described in 1 Corinthians 9) fits into this picture. Maybe the best way to understand it is to recognize that while the gospel never changes and is sufficient in itself, there are still specific obstacles people have that can hinder them from being able to see. And that's something that cannot be neglected either.