By C H Spurgeon
If anything is hated bitterly, it is the
out-and-out gospel of the
grace of God, especially if that hateful word
mentioned with it. Dare to say "He will have mercy on
he will have mercy, and he will have compassion on whom he
compassion" (Romans 9:15), and furious critics will
revile you without stint.
The modern religionist not only hates the doctrine of
grace, but he raves and rages at the mention of it. He
sooner hear you blaspheme than preach election by the
atonement by the Son, or regeneration by the Spirit.
want to see a man worked up till the Satanic is clearly
uppermost, let some
of the new divines hear you preach a
free grace sermon. A gospel which is
after men will be
welcomed by men; but it needs divine operation upon
heart and mind to make a man willing to receive into his in
this distasteful gospel of the grace of God. My
dear brethren, do not try to
make it tasteful to carnal minds.
Hide not the offense of the cross,
lest you make it of none effect.
The angles and corners of the gospel are its
strength to pare them
off is to deprive it of power. Toning down is not the
strength, but the death of it.
Learn, then, that if you
take Christ out of Christianity,
Christianity is dead. If you remove grace
out of the gospel,
the gospel is gone. If the people do not like the
of grace, give them all the more of it.
I preach the
doctrines of grace because I believe them to be true;
because I see them in
the Scriptures; because my experience endears
them to me; and because I see
the holy result of them in believers.
The doctrine which I preach to you
is that of the Puritans:
it is the doctrine of Calvin, the doctrine of
the doctrine of Paul, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.
Author and Finisher of our faith himself taught the
most blessed truth which
well agreed with our text-
"For by grace are you saved through faith;
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." Eph 2:8
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan