April 13, 2004

Charles Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon 1834–1892

With his keen sense of humor, allied with a sure grasp of scripture and a deep love of Christ, he produced some of the noblest preaching and writing of his or any age. In 1852, at age 18, he took charge of a small congregation at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, and, at 20, went to London as pastor of the New Park St. Chapel. His immediate popularity made necessary larger buildings for his audiences, until the huge Metropolitan Tabernacle, erected for his use, was opened in 1861. Around this developed a pastors' college, an orphanage, and missions. During much of his time at the Metropolitan Tabernacle Spurgeon's sermons were published weekly and later were collected in a 50 volume set. His messages were diffidently Christ centered and in his early ministry focused on two fronts, against hyper-Calvinism and Arminianism. With his views founded solidly in the Gospel he opposed the doctrine of baptismal regeneration, which ultimately caused his withdrawal in 1864 from the Evangelical Alliance. He then later separated (1887) from the Baptist Union because he believed that modern biblical criticism was threatening orthodoxy. Among his numerous publications are John Ploughman's Talks (1869) and The Treasury of David (7 vol., 1870–85). His autobiography (4 vol., 1897–1900), compiled by his wife from his diary and letters, was edited and condensed (1946) by D. O. Fuller.

“The best sermons are the sermons which are most full of Christ. A sermon without Christ.... it is an awful, a horrible thing; it is an empty well; it is a cloud without rain; it is a tree twice dead, plucked by the roots.” – C.H. Spurgeon

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