Daar word op die oomblik in die kerk meer gepraat oor self-ontplooiing as oor self-opoffering.-Anon.......As ‘n kerk haar woorde begin devalueer, dan word die kerk ‘n ramp vir die volk. - K Schilder

12/12/2011

Why do heretics seem more earnest than sound Christians?

Both ministers and private members of the church are very generally weakly in one way or other. They are living, but they are sickly. They are working for God, but they are working in a feeble, inefficient manner.

If I look upon the camps of the Lord's enemies . . . I see intelligence and vigor so apparent that I am apt to think that never was error more earnest, more active, more intense than just now; there is a reality about the efforts of our opponents which may well alarm us: but when I look to the camp of the Lord Jesus Christ I lament a predominant luke-warmness, a want of enthusiasm, and deficiency in force, which, if it does not betoken a departure from God in heart, certainly indicates very great feebleness in the vital parts, producing comparative weakness in all the parts.

I desire this morning to speak to those who are weak—weak where they ought not to be—and who feel a growing tendency to rest content in that weakness; I would stir up those who are beginning to imagine that weakness is the normal and proper state of a Christian; that to be unbelieving, desponding, nervous, timid, cowardly, inactive, heartless, is at worst a very excusable thing. I want, if God wills, to show to the sinfully weak ones that their condition is not proper at all, and that it is the work of faith to lift us right out of it; not to help us in our evil weakness, but to deliver us out of it and to make us strong, reversing our present condition by enabling us to be mighty in the work of God.
[Excerpt from "God’s Cure for Man’s Weakness," a sermon preached by Charles Spurgeon on Sunday Morning, June 24th, 1866, at the Met Tab in London.]



5 comments:

Liza said...

“The time has come for Christians to stir: The house is being robbed, its very walls are being digged down, but the good people who are in the bed are too fond of the warmth, and too much afraid of getting broken heads, to go downstairs and meet the burglars …Inspiration and speculation cannot long abide in peace. Compromise there can be none. We cannot hold the inspiration of the Word, and yet reject it; we cannot believe in the atonement and deny it; we cannot talk of the doctrine of the fall and yet talk of the evolution of spiritual life from human nature … One way or another we must go. Decision is the virtue of the hour.”
- CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON (1834–1892)

Dit kon net sowel 'n oproep gewees het vir Christenne van vandag.

Spurgeon het in sy leeftyd telkemale gewaarsku teen die liberalisme wat besig is om die Kerk te rysmier.

Henrietta said...

1866!!!!! en dis so "vars" mens kan amper die drukkers-ink ruik, asof dit vanoggend geskryf is .... dankie Liza , dis baie relevant.

Gideon said...

Dit is voorwaar 'n bemoedigende stuk, en baie waar. Wens ons kon dit onder die honderde stilswyende predikante se aandag bring.

Dankie, Liza!!

T.C. Breitenbach said...

Hi Liza, ek het so pas jou wonderlike blog ontdek. Die absolute waarheid van Spurgeon se woorde gee 'n mens rillings en hoendervleis om te besef dat hy in staat was om so ver die toekoms te kon insien. Hou so vol met jy Godverheerlikende getuienislewering.

Liza said...

Dankie Tommie. Ons is eintlik so 'n handjie vol wat hier skryf. Jy is ook meer as welkom om soos die tyd jou toelaat jou wysheid en insig met ons te kom deel.