"By it [faith] the people of old attained a good report”
C.H. Spurgeon was a preacher who was ‘megachurch’ before there was such a thing as megachurch. Tens of thousands crammed into his
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