Today's Expositor's Quote is from Charles Spurgeon:
If we are intensely anxious to have souls saved we must . . . do a great deal by way of instruction. Sinners are not saved in darkness but from it. . . . Men must be taught concerning themselves, their sin, and their fall; their Savior, redemption, regeneration, and so on. Many awakened souls would gladly accept Godís way of salvation if they did but know it. . . . If the Holy Spirit blesses your teaching, they will see how wrong they have been, and they will be led to repentance and faith. I do not believe in that preaching which lies mainly in shouting, "Believe! believe! believe!" . . . There must be instruction, otherwise the exhortation to believe is manifestly ridiculous, and must in practice be abortive. I fear that some of our orthodox brethren have been prejudiced against the free invitations of the gospel by hearing the raw, undigested harangues of revivalist speakers whose heads are loosely put together. The best way to preach sinners to Christ is to preach Christ to sinners. . . . You may shout, and weep, and plead, but you cannot lead men to believe what they have not heard, nor to receive a truth which has never been set before them.
While giving instruction it is wise to appeal to the understanding. . . . We are to be all things to all men, and to these men we must become argumentative and push them into a corner with plain deductions and necessary inferences. Of carnal reasoning we would have none, but of fair, honest pondering, considering, judging, and arguing the more the better.
The class requiring logical argument is small compared with the number of those who need to be pleaded with, by way of emotional persuasion. They require not so much reasoning as heart-argument ó which is logic set on fire. . . . Argument must be quickened into persuasion by the living warmth of love. Cold logic has its force, but when made red hot with affection the power of tender argument is inconceivable. . . . When passionate zeal has carried the man himself away his speech becomes an irresistible torrent, sweeping all before it. A man known to be godly and devout, and felt to be large-hearted and self-sacrificing, has a power in his very person, and his advice and recommendation carry weight because of his character; but when he comes to plead and to persuade, even to tears, his influence is wonderful, and God the Holy Spirit yokes it into his service. Brethren, we must plead.
Charles Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, Volume 3, Lecture 10: "On Conversion as our Aim."
[How well are you doing at preaching Christ to sinners, with instruction, appeals to the understanding, and emotional persuasion? How many of us have logic without fire, or fire without logic? May we combine all these elements in our preaching, and thereby cooperate with the Holy Spirit in preaching many sinners to Christ -- Coty]
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