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Thursday, June 02, 2005 at 9:07 PM

Charles Spurgeon and the Down-Grade Controversy

A long but enlightening article by John MacArthur Jr. providing some historical insight into how Charles Spurgeon dealt with the gradual liberalization of his own denomination and his subsequent vilification by it. Wow.

We need men like this today.

a quote:

Spurgeon hated schism. He did not want to be divisive. But his conscience would not permit him to align with the enemies of the gospel. In the end he concluded that separating from the Union was actually the best way to promote true unity: "Nothing has ever more largely promoted the union of the true than the break with the false."

Spurgeon saw separation as a biblical necessity for himself. "Whether others do so or not, I have felt the power of the text, 'Come out from among them, and be ye separate," and have quitted both Union and Association once for all. . . . This is forced upon me, not only by my convictions, but also by the experience of the utter uselessness of attempting to deal with the evil except by personally coming out from it."

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