"No man is an island" especially in terms of the truths gleaned from a myriad men of God over the ages! I have always been indebted to Charles Haddon Spurgeon for his wit and wisdom, but mostly for his humble acquiescence to the Gospel and intimate communion with his Lord Jesus. The following quotation centers on a subject that makes my heart ache in these truth-ignoring, yes, even truth denying days.
Posted on July 15, 2010 by Jonathan Hunt
From notes of a sermon delivered on a Lord’s Day evening in 1856, at New Park Street. Notes taken by Pastor T.W. Medhurst.
John 14.6 – ‘Jesus saith unto him, I am the way… no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me’
“There seems to be growing up amongst us an idea that a man is of a persecuting spirit if he does not think that the one who flatly contradicts him is as right as himself. If we do as some wish, we shall in time reach that blessed state of charity which had been attained by the courtiers of the Sultan, who, when he said at mid-day, “It is midnight,” replied, “Yes, sire, there is the moon, and there are the stars.” Today, we are expected not to protest against Popery, lest we should be considered bigots; we must subscribe to all that men teach, if only they are sincere. Suppose a man, travelling due North, was sincere in thinking that he would get to the South, do you think his sincerity would bring him to the desired destination? If a man was sincere in thinking that prussic acid was a wholesome food, would the poison do him no injury? If a man starved himself while he sincerely believed himself to be feasting, how long would it take him to get fat? You say “these things are contrary to the laws of nature.” Just so, and the laws of God’s gospel are as fixed and true as are the laws of nature. If you are honest and sincere in keeping to the road of ruin, you will reach the natural end of that road, eternal destruction. Sincerity in believing a lie does not change that lie to the truth. There is only one way to heaven; there is only one Saviour, Jesus Christ is exclusively “the way.” This excludes all by-paths, all cross-roads, and all short cuts. Scripture knows nothing of the new theory, that we may be all right though we are in direct opposition to the Word of God.”
Cross-posted to the CH Spurgeon blog also. This will form part of new books forthcoming from DayOne publications.
Open our ears, Lord, that we may gladly hear such truths!