Thursday, January 9, 2014

C.H. Spurgeon on Burden for the Lost

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost
(Luke 19:10, NLT).

Spurgeon Gold compiled by Ray Comfort is one of treasure books for me. It is a book that contains hundreds of Charles H. Spurgeon Prince of Preachers’s finest quotes from his sermons that can (or for the purpose of) advanced the evangelistic endeavor. He (1384-1950) was a great soul winner of his time. He has a tremendous burden for the lost as his Master does. He preached,

“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.

Do we really believe that sinners will be damned forever? Do we think about their fate very often, if ever? Or do we busy ourselves in the work of the Lord, and never bother to implore them to come to the Savior? In general, the modern pulpit is deathly silent when it comes to the horrors of Hell. When do we hear preaching about the reality of the Lake of Fire or of the terrible wrath of God? Such themes aren’t popular with modern preachers. They never have been. They are not popular with me. Other topics are more attractive, but preachers must not ignore of the fate of the lost, because if we do, we run the risk of it also being ignored in the pews.

How we fall short of having the passion we should. How would we react if we saw a huge line of blind men walking towards a thousand foot cliff, and one by one falling headlong onto jagged rocks below? Wouldn’t we put our arms around them to hold them back? Wouldn’t we implore them and scream at them to turn around? Yet we don’t warn or plead with those whose fate is infinitely worse than that of those who would fall onto jagged rocks.

Our passive preaching and careful-not-to-offend vocabulary betray our apathy and our unbelief. If we don’t implore the world to turn from sin it’s because we don’t truly believe God’s Word. We mustn’t. We cannot be so deathly cold, so evil-hearted as to not care. We haven’t let the reality of Hell sink into our minds and soften our hard hearts. The fact of its existence should horrify us beyond words, and then it should be reflected in our prayers and in our preaching.”

Do you have burden for the lost? Master Jesus has. You too must have…
For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost
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