Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Spurgeon Quote

Now that Ref21's rss feed is working again I have some catching up to do. Phil Rykin posted this wonderful quote by Charles Spurgeon:

From Charles Spurgeon, "The First Cry from the Cross":

places of worship are not built that you may sit here comfortably, and
hear something that shall make you pass away your Sundays with
pleasure. A church in London which does not exist to do good in the
slums, and dens, and kennels of the city, is a church that has no
reason to justify its longer existing. A church that does not exist to
reclaim heathenism, to fight with evil, to destroy error, to put down
falsehood, a church that does not exist to take the side of the poor,
to denounce injustice and to hold up righteousness, is a church that
has not right to be. Not for thyself, O church, dost thou exist, any
more than Christ existed for himself. His glory was that he laid aside
his glory. . . . . To rescue souls from hell and lead to God,, to hope,
to heaven, this is [the church's] heavenly occupation. O that the
church would always feel this!"

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