16 thoughts on “Charles Spurgeon Quote

  1. ouch…definition of a Pharisee…

    This is why it is so important to continue to test our fruits, making sure that they are for the Lord and His Glory

    Soli Deo Gloria

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  2. Whited sepulchers. I have often wondered, although I have no absolute insight, whether some of these false prophets of today are not in reality “angels of light” which are demons disguised as preachers. We do know one thing though, they are at least demonically controlled. Spurgeon’s words remind me of the woman in Acts 16 who was proclaiming Paul and Silas as messengers of the Most High God and showing the way to salvation.

    Her words were true but as we later learn the truth was being spoken by a demon in an act of deepest deception.

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  3. Rick,

    Yes, there is most definitely something foul afoot. The false prophets appear as solid Christians to those who do not look very deep. These fellows speak much that is true, but always tainted by unholy corruption in one form or another. In my study of the Greek works John the Apostle used for Light and Darkness I learned that Darkness is the consequences of sin, but using it in the analogy of being the opposite of Light it tells us that those in Darkness are spiritually blind because of their sin. What sin? They are controlled by demonic forces in one way or another. They are responding to deceiving spirits while they think they are doing good. Jesus said, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” That is the criteria to detect the faithful leaders from the faithless deceivers.

    The church I left last year because of the PDC coming in is in serious flux now. There are some very sinful things going on amongst the leaders there that is just now coming to light. It is tragic, but these are their fruits are they not?

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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  4. Its in these times that I praise God for placing me in a sound church! I love it when my pastor gives an invitation even when we have a business meeting. You cant dilute light, its absolute.

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  5. Russell,

    Reformed theology is the same theology of Martin Luther, John Calvin, William Tyndale, John Knox, and innumerable others who were instrumental in reforming the church from the darkness of the Roman Catholic Church in the 16th Century.

    Calvinism takes many forms. In our day, there are Presbyterian Churches that adhere to the Westminster Confession of Faith which is High Calvinsim. On the other hand there are many Baptists who are Reformed in their Theology such as myself, John Piper, James White, John MacArthur, Tom Ascol, and Al Mohler. I suppose if you want to point to a specific confession of faith for Reformed Baptists it would be the Baptist Confession Faith from the 17th Century. The only real difference between it and the Westminster Confession is in Infant Baptism and Believer’s Baptism. Reformed Baptists do not adhere to the Baptism of Infants, only in the Baptism of believers who have made a confession of faith.

    Reformed Theology says that God is Sovereign in salvation just as He is in all things. Salvation is God’s work not man’s. Non-Reformed Theology says that salvation is work of man and God.

    In any case. I have many friends who I know I will see in Heaven some day who are not Reformed in their Theology. I will never sever fellowship with anyone who professes Jesus Christ as Lord and recognizes that they didn’t do anything to save themselves. Our salvation is by Grace through Faith. It is a gift from God.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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  6. I hate to be a poop, but John MacArthur isn’t reformed according to the Reformed Church definition. I don’t know about the others ‘cus I don’t know them. :o) Good quote…Spurgeon sure knew how to express himself.

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  7. Sarah,

    John MacArthur is reformed in is doctrinal postion on the Gospel. That is what I was referring to. Spurgeon was a spirit-filled wordsmith. 🙂

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

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  8. The false prophets of today are never so palatable as when they are candy coated in a veneer of holiness.

    Be careful not to bite to deeply you might not like what you taste.

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