We ask the enemy once more, suppose a religion were to be found which would be preferable to the one we love, by what means would you crush ours? How would you got rid of the religion of Jesus? and how would you extinguish his name? Surely, sirs, ye would never think of the old practice of persecution, would you? Would you once more try the efficacy of stakes and fires, to burn out the name of Jesus? Would ye give us the boots and instruments of torture? Try it, sirs, and ye shall not quench Christianity. Each martyr, dipping his finger in his blood, would write its honors on the heavens as he died; and the very flame that mounted up to heaven would emblazon the skies with the name of Jesus. Persecution has been tried. Turn to the Alps; let the valleys of Piedmont speak; let Switzerland testify; let France, with its St. Bartholomew; let England, with, all its massacres, speak. And if ye have not crushed it yet, shall ye hope to do it? Shall ye? Nay, a thousand are to be found, and ten thousand if it were necessary, who are willing to march to the stake to-morrow: and when they are burned, if ye could take up their hearts, ye would see engraven upon each of them the name of Jesus.
From the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Volume 1, Sermon 27 by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
But never, I hope, shall I cease preaching, without telling you what to do to be saved. This morning I preached to the ungodly, to the worst of sinners, and many wept—I hope many hearts melted—while I spoke of the great mercy of God. I have not spoken of that to-night. We must take a different line sometimes; led, I trust, by God’s Spirit. But oh! ye that are thirsty, and heavy laden, and lost and ruined, mercy speaks yet once again to you! Here is the way of salvation. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” “And what is it to believe?” says one; “is it to say I know Christ died for me?” No, that is not to believe, it is part of it, but it is not all. Every Arminian believes that; and every man in the world believes it who holds that doctrine, since he conceives that Christ died for every man. Consequently that is not faith. But faith is this: to cast yourself on Christ. … And to every penitent sinner Jesus says, “I am able to save to the uttermost;” throw thyself flat on the promise, and say, “Then, Lord, thou art able to save me.” God says, “Come now, let us reason together, though your sins be as scarlet they shall be white as snow, and though they be red like crimson they shall be as wool.” Cast thyself on him, and thou shalt be saved.
From the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Volume 1, Sermon 25 by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
When I read the title, my response was “Yes, that’s true.” But he uses the article to argue that Christians basically need to get over the Bible’s opposition and just accept that same-sex marriage is okay. After all, he argues, the Bible is full of ancient, outdated thinking which we need to just move beyond. And science and experience has shown it to be full of misinformation. Wow! This is news to me. The Bible has been around a long time and has been attacked and critiqued by many. Yet it has survived. The reason is that it is God’s Word. It has been shown to be true time after time. This sets it apart from every other religious text.
I’m starting a Bible study on the book of Genesis, so I’m going to post some thoughts as I make my way through the book.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
First, there was a beginning to everything. Scientists are still debating this, although it appears that most are leaning toward there being a beginning. Regardless, the One who was there provides a detailed record of what happened. There was a beginning. Continue reading →