Friday, July 31, 2009

Daily Devo - Friday, 07/31/2009

"By it [faith] the people of old attained a good report”
Hebrews 11:2

C.H. Spurgeon was a preacher who was ‘megachurch’ before there was such a thing as megachurch. Tens of thousands crammed into his London church building to hear the “Prince of Preachers” deliver a sermon. Congregants didn’t hear any messages about “Living your best life now” nor were they told about the “Five steps to a healthier marriage”. What they got was deep theology, rich bible teaching, and a lot about Jesus. And there was one message—or idea rather—that tended to come up more often than most. The truth that Spurgeon loved to present, over and over, was that salvation was by faith in Jesus Christ alone. Standing against any doctrine or system that added works to the equation, Spurgeon regularly called upon his hearers to put their faith in Jesus Christ.

Conversely, some time ago I had a conversation with a neighboring minister who held to the Roman Catholic doctrine of purgatory—even though he himself was a Protestant. When I asked why he would believe in such a doctrine, he responded by saying “well, certainly there are sins I’ll have to be held accountable for before I can enter heaven.” What a wretched doctrine. What sin against the living God could we, as mere humans, ever “pay” for? How easily we fall from the precious truth that Christ—and Christ alone—provide full and complete salvation for all who believe.

Spurgeon, always crisp and vividly clear when he preached, once told his congregation: “I mean to let it stand out simply before you, that the incarnation, the life, the death, and the resurrection of Christ are the one foundation upon which we must depend for eternal salvation, and upon that alone; and if we do so depend we shall most assuredly be saved.”

The world hangs on nothing; but faith cannot

hang upon itself, it must hang on Christ.

- C.H. Spurgeon

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1 comment:

  1. Isn't that strange, a non RC, and a minister at that, believing in purgatory? What's up with that? There are so many people, religious people, people who call themselves Christians who do not experience the freedom that comes from an intimate, healed and forgiven relationship with Jesus. Sad. Anyhow, thanks for the post. God bless and See you there.