No soft words for deceivers

C.H. Spurgeon:

“Find if you can, beloved, one occasion in which Jesus inculcated doubt or bade men dwell in uncertainty. The apostles of unbelief are everywhere today, and they imagine that they are doing God service by spreading what they call “honest doubt.” This is death to all joy! Poison to all peace!…

“I have not much patience with a certain class of Christians nowadays who will hear anybody preach so long as they can say, “He is very clever, a fine preacher, a man of genius, a born orator.” Is cleverness to make false doctrine palatable? Why, sirs, to me the ability of a man who preaches error is my sorrow rather than my admiration.

“I cannot endure false doctrine, however neatly it may be put before me. Would you have me eat poisoned meat because the dish is of the choicest ware? It makes me indignant when I hear another gospel put before the people with enticing words, by men who would fain make merchandise of souls; and I marvel at those who have soft words for such deceivers.”

(HT: Todd Pruitt)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

4 thoughts on “No soft words for deceivers

  1. ……..and who would dare to disagree with Spurgeon,
    Eschewing poisoned meat for certain?
    No soft words expressed on this site then…
    Expressed with rigour but with grace
    By lesser mortals in this space;
    Avoiding hubris and arrogance
    In our Calvinistic stance,
    Doubt and deception refuting
    Graceful in our firm disputing?

    • There are questions, and there are questions! Some questions are designed to get to the truth, others are deliberately evasive and ambiguous in order to create doubt. In that sense they function as assertions rather than honest questions and must be treated as such. Think of the first question ever asked!

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