Spurgeon on False Teachers (Trigger Warning: He Judges).

I would to God we had all more of such decision, for the lack of it is depriving our religious life of its backbone and substituting for honest manliness a mass of the tremulous jelly of mutual flattery. He who does not hate the false does not love the true; and he to whom it is all the same whether it be God’s word or man’s, is himself unrenewed at heart. Oh, if some of you were like your fathers you would not have tolerated in this age the wagon loads of trash under which the gospel has been of late buried by ministers of your own choosing. You would have hurled out of your pulpits the men who are enemies to the fundamental doctrines of your churches, and yet are crafty enough to become your pastors and undermine the faith of a fickle and superficial generation.

These men steal the pulpits of once orthodox churches, because otherwise they would have none at all. Their powerless theology cannot of itself arouse sufficient enthusiasm to enable them to build a mousetrap at the expense of their admirers, and therefore they profane the houses which your sires have built for the preaching of the gospel, and turn aside the organisations of once orthodox communities to help their infidelity: I call it by that name in plain English, for “modern thought” is not one whit better, and of the two evils I give infidelity the palm, for it is less deceptive.

I beg the Lord to give back to the churches such a love to his truth that they may discern the spirits, and cast out those which are not of God. I feel sometimes like John, of whom it is said that, though the most loving of all spirits, yet he was the most decided of all men for the truth; and when he went to the bath and found that the heretic, Cerinthus, was there, he hurried out of the building, and would not tarry in the same place with him. There are some with whom we should have no fellowship, nay, not so much as to eat bread; for though this conduct looks stern and hard, it is after the mind of Christ, for the apostle spake by inspiration when he said, “If we or an angel from heaven preach to you any other gospel than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” According to modern effeminacy he ought to have said, “Let him be kindly spoken with in private, but pray make no stir. No doubt the good brother has his own original modes of thought, and we must not question his liberty. Doubtless, he believes the same as we do, only there is some little difference as to terms.” This is treason to Christ, treachery to truth, and cruelty to souls. If we love our Lord we shall keep his words, and stand fast in the faith, coming out from among the false teachers; nor is this inconsistent with charity, for the truest love to those who err is not to fraternise with them in their error, but to be faithful to Jesus in all things.

C. H. Spurgeon, “Under Constraint,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, vol. 24 (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1878), 247.

Is This Your Pastor?

In case you’re not familiar with the passage, this ironic pastor has ironically tattooed this on his arm (ironically): “You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:28. How ironic, doing precisely what the law says his people are not to do.

I know that we are not justified by the law. No law will save us, for Christ’s righteousness has been imputed to us. Our only hope of salvation is Christ’s perfect fulfillment of the Law. But where Christ claimed to fulfill the Law, and while he made a mockery of Pharisaical interpretation of the Law, He, nor His apostles, ever ridiculed it nor showed contempt for it.

The Law, even as expressed in this passage, is a part of the story and plan of redemption. It has its purpose, and that purpose is one of respect and reverence.

The modern Evangelical church is plagued with antinomianism, that is, an anti-law belief that is much worse than tattoos and body modification. The modern church has rejected God’s moral Law (see Exodus 20 to see what that entails).

The Old Testament is God’s Word. The fear of God does not permit us to find a joke in it.

Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers לֵ֝צִ֗ים;

Psalm 74:22 Arise, O God, defend your cause; remember how the foolish scoff at you חֶרְפָּתְךָ֥ all the day!

Proverbs 14:6 A scoffer לֵ֣ץ seeks wisdom in vain, but knowledge is easy for a man of understanding.

Proverbs 21:24 “Scoffer” לֵ֣ץ is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride.

Proverbs 24:9 The devising of folly is sin, and the scoffer לֵֽץ is an abomination to mankind.

2 Peter 3:3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers ἐμπαῖκται will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.

Jude 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, ἐμπαῖκται following their own ungodly passions.”