05 July 2010

That Which Hath Been Is Now

Here’s how Spurgeon saw it way back in the 1800s:

I believe that one reason why the Church of God has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the Church.

Nowadays, we hear Nonconformists pleadings that they may do this, and they may do that – things which their Puritan forefathers would rather have died at the stake than have tolerated. They plead that they may live like worldlings, and my sad answer to them, when they crave for this liberty is, “Do it if you dare. It may not do you much hurt, for you are so bad already. Your cravings show how rotten your hearts are. If you have a hungering after such dog’s meat, go, dogs, and eat the garbage! Worldly amusements are fit for mere pretenders and hypocrites. If you were God’s children, you would loathe the very thought of the world’s evil joys, and your question would not be, ‘How far may we be like the world?’ but your one cry would be, ‘How far can we get away from the world? How much can we come out from it?’ Your temptation would be rather to become sternly severe, and ultra-Puritanical in your separation from sin, in such a time as this, than to ask, ‘How can I make myself like other men, and act as they do?’”


  1. Care to define specifically what is a worldly sin which is not listed in the bible that is so bad?

  2. Transgression of the law (1 John 3:4). All unrighteousness (1 John 5:17). Failure to do good (James 4:17). Whatsoever is not of faith (Romans 14:23). The thought of foolishness (Proverbs 24:9). An high look, a proud heart, the plowing of the wicked (Proverbs 21:4).