Posted by: William | December 27, 2007

Results of a Replica

Two days ago I began reading The Forgotten Spurgeon by Ian Murray. The book, as Mr. Murray puts, it is not an adequate biography of Spurgeon’s life; but then again that doesn’t appear to be his intention either. Rather, he exploring the surprisingly balanced theology that Spurgeon held, in hopes that the church today might adopt it.

I would like to, in brief, share something that Mr. Murray states in the second chapter of his book that I believe the church, especially those within leadership roles, ought to consider. Spurgeon experienced vast success in presenting the Gospel and even lived through revival times where many responded to that presentation; on this, Mr. Murray comments:

“It is tempting to turn these statistics to account in interpreting Spurgeon to the present day; to argue, for instance, that if ministers followed his example, or espoused his full theology, there would be like results in this age…”

It seems to me that there is a great push to formulate past successes in ministry into present and future successes in ministry. Perhaps this is not always from an improper motive, but if left to itself will always lead to a crumbled burning ruin of ministerial efforts. To this Mr. Murray further comments: “by the enduement of the Holy Ghost, Spurgeon was fitted to work in the reaping time in English church history.” In other words it was not Spurgeon’s formula, but the prerogative of the Holy Ghost at that time. “God does not merely give opportunities to preachers and leave the rest to them.” Mr. Murray writes.

I think we as a church and ministers at large should consider this as they prepare their messages and oversee their congregations. Consider what choices flow from a fervent faith in the power and movement of God and which flow from a carbon copy quick fix of the last greatest ministry. The latter is truly a lack of faith, which carries grave implications (Romans 14:23).



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