Therapeutic Moralistic Deism is NOT The Gospel

One of the best biographies of Charles Spurgeon is by G. Holden Pike and was written in 1894. I want to share one paragraph from this book but first I want to set up the reason I am using it.  I have been troubled over the past couple of weeks as I have listened to sermons on radio, TV, and from local pulpits that completely are devoid of the gospel.  They contain a lot of what has been dubbed as “Therapeutic moralistic deism.”  Lots of exhortations to “be good”, “live better” and “do you best for God.”  Of course, with some God-language pitched in. But no mention of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  No cross, no blood, no substitution, etc.  It is all about making man “better” — whatever that means.

We live in a day of gimmicks and entertainment that try to pass as the gospel, but it is as Paul said, “a different gospel, which is really no gospel at all.”  The church in America wants to be “hip” considered “cool” and to do this they water down the truth of God’s word to draw a crowd.

This is a quote from one of Spurgeon’s biographies, written by G. Holden Pike in 1894:

He told some of us, on one of the occasions of our fellowship, that the highest compliment that had been paid him can from the lips of an open enemy, who had said, “Here is a man (Spurgeon) who has not moved an inch forward in all his ministry, and at the close of the nineteenth century is teaching the theology of the first century, and in Newington Butts is proclaiming the doctrines of Nazareth and Jerusalem current eighteen hundred years ago.”  To which Spurgeon replied “Those words did please me!” and verily no teacher had ransacked literature and history and human life as he had done to supply illustration and proof of the fundamental facts of Divine revelation, and to persuade men to be reconciled to God. (vol 2, pg 109)

What a man of God Charles Spurgeon was!!  He had no interest in innovation, or “updating” the Gospel.  He simply wanted to preach it, proclaim it, and teach it at every opportunity.

I remember one of the charges made against me several years ago, was “For two and a half years we have heard that we are sinners, and can only be saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.”  I must confess with Spurgeon, those words did please me.  Why, because that is the heart of the gospel; the heart of God’s word.  That is all I have to preach to my dying day.

This is our commitment at Grace Baptist Church.  Even in the midst of “churches” that water it down and play games.  Our only “draw” is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  That’s all we have; that’s all we need.

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In the Face of the Future

If you know me at all you know of my love for Charles Spurgeon, the Baptist pastor from the 1800s in London, England.  I wanted to share with you a comment that he made on Isaiah 46:9-10

Here is what Spurgeon had to say:

“World events are not tangled, confused, or perplexing to God. “For I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure’” (Isa 46:9-10)

Yahweh’s power is apparent, from the least to the greatest, for God is in all and rules all.  He guides the grain of dust in the March wind and the planets in their immeasurable pathways.  He steers each drop of spray beaten back from the face of the rock. He leads the north star (Jer. 31:35).  God is the dictator of destinies.  He appoints both the ideas and the end.  He is the King of kings (Rev. 19:16), ruling rulers and guiding counselors.

He is the same in the crash of battle or in the hush of peace.  He is the same in famine or in the joy of abundant harvest.  He is Lord.  He does according to His will, no only in heaven but among the inhabitants of this lower world.

The storm may rage, but all is well, for our Captain is the governor of storms.  He who trod the waves of the Galilean lake is at the helm, and at his command winds and waves are quiet (Matt 14:27).

Courage, dear friend.  The Lord, the ever-merciful, has appointed every moment of sorrow and pang of suffering.  If He ordains the number ten, it can never rise to eleven, nor should  you desire that it shrink to nine.

The Lord’s time is best.  The span of your life is measured to a hair’s width.  Restless soul, God ordains all, so let the Lord have His way.”

These are words of great comfort from the “prince of preachers” over a hundred years ago.  Isn’t it amazing that truth never changes.  Fads come and go, but God’s truth is eternal.  It is in our best interest to know His ways and adjust our lives to that.  When we sing the song, “Our God Reigns”, it is not just words . . . It is the expression of one of Scriptures greatest themes.

And if He reigns we have nothing to fear, as his adopted children.  May we learn to more fully trust Him and walk with Him in obedience.