Monday, October 24, 2005

Now thats what I call pastoral care

"If the professed convert distinctly and deliberately declares that he knows the Lord's will but does not mean to attend to it, you are not to pamper his presumption, but it is your duty to assure him that he is not saved. Do not suppose that the Gospel is magnified or God glorified by going to the worldlings and telling them that they may be saved at this moment by simply accepting Christ as their Saviour, while they are still wedded to their idols, and their hearts are still in love with sin. If I do so, I tell them a lie, pervert the Gospel, insult Christ, and turn the grace of God into lasciviousness."
Ouch. C.H. Spurgeon. (HT: Rebecca Writes) Can you imagine the offense that would be taken if we did that today? Are we offended by Spurgeon? Or perhaps by Jesus himself?
See also: Spurgeon Archive, by Phil Johnson - today blogging Spurgeon on Substitionary Atonement