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Should We set Out To Change Men’s Opinions Or the Regeneration Of Their Natures?

Charles H. Spurgeon

Quoting Charles Spurgeon:

“The increase of the kingdom is more to be desired than the growth of a clan. . . . We  value our Lord’s ordinances; we would labor earnestly to raise a believer in salvation by free-will into a believer in salvation by grace, for we long to see all religious teaching built upon the solid rock of truth, and not upon the sand of imagination; but, at the same time, our grand object is not the revision of opinions, but the regeneration of natures. We would bring men to Christ and not to our own peculiar views of Christianity. Our first care must be that the sheep should be gathered to the great Shepherd; there will be time enough afterwards to secure them for our various folds. To make proselytes, is a suitable labor for Pharisees: to beget men unto God is the honorable aim of ministers of Christ.”

God Is Truth

Anything which enhances sin is against the truth. Opposing absolute truth is rebellion against God. God’s Word of Truth is a solid foundation for faith to rely upon. Do not carelessly cast it aside. Thomas Watson (1620-1686) discusses the importance of truth below:

“But all Things are naked and open unto the Eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:13)

If we act against his Truth, we act against God; Truth is a beam of God, it is his essence; it is the most orient pearl of his crown: Take away his truth, and we ungod him. Truth is the precious seed by which we are begotten to life; it is the pillar of our salvation; it is not only the rule of faith, but it is the root out of which faith grows: take away truth, and what is faith but fancy? We believe ourselves into hell. Truth is the great purchase of Christ’s blood, and it hath been transmitted to us in the blood of many saints and martyrs; if we strike at truth, we strike at God; and doth not God see this?

Give me leave to plead in God’s cause: is not this pure wine of truth mixed with water, nay, with poison? How are the truths of God almost lost in the crowd of errors? What truth in divinity but is now called in question? Some denying the scriptures, others denying the Lord that bought them; not only the foundations of the earth are out of course, but even the foundations of scripture are shaken. We read that, when the bottomless pit was opened, there arose a smoke as the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened. The late errors sprung out of the furnace of hell, have made such a smoke and mist in the church of God, that the bright sun of truth is much eclipsed in our horizon. How many religions are there now among us, and every day in a new dress? Old heresies newly vamped. Our Savior saith, ‘If the son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?’ yes sure, he may now find many faiths; so many men, almost so many faiths: these things are done, but are they punished? Are they not countenanced? God sees: silence, when truth is wounded, is a loud sin. (“God’s Anatomy Upon Man’s Heart”)

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