Spurgeon Snippets – Too Hard to Pass Up

Against too much concentration on new fangled theory, not enough on old fangled praxis:

Hell gapes wide, and with her open jaws swallows up myriads, and those who should spread the tidings of salvation are ‘pursuing fresh lines of thought.’

And again, on those with poor oratorical skills (those who mistake “volubility for eloquence, and verbiage for argument”):

No chloral can ever equal some discourses in sleep-giving properties; no human being, unless gifted with infinite patience, could long endure to listen to them, and nature does well to give the victim deliverance through sleep. I heard one say the other day that a certain preacher had no more gifts for the ministry than an oyster, and in my own judgment this was a slander on the oyster, for that worthy bivalve shows great discretion in his openings, and knows when to close. If some men were sentenced to hear their own sermons it would be a righteous judgment upon them, and they would soon cry out with Cain, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.” Let us not fall under the same condemnation.

Lectures to My Students (Zondervan, 1954) 208-09. Ha! Next time tell us what you really think, Chuck.

Oh wait, there’s more. On the tendency to heresyhunt:

We are not to go about the world searching out heresies, like terrier dogs sniffling for rats; nor are we to be so confident of our own infallibility as to erect ecclesiastical stakes at which to roast all who differ from us, not, ’tis true, with faggots of wood, but with those coals of juniper, which consist of strong prejudice and cruel suspicion.


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