I know that the watchdoggies hold to the words of Spurgeon just as much as the words of Christ. It seems like the voices of the past are at equal level with scripture. In fact, this latest article is almost comical in its opening line

There are many of those who accuse our Calvinist brethren of being cold-hearted toward evangelizing the lost. Well, apparently Charles Spurgeon missed that memo [emphasis mine]

Aside from the one verse provided, maybe they should have consulted the many scriptures on the subject before consulting Spurgeon and Calvin. However, since we are holding Spurgeon now at such a high level, we will go with his words. The quote provided paints a picture of believers being laborers in a corn field. Our tool is a sickle. And this is what Spurgeon says our work should be:

His communications with the corn are sharp and cutting. He cuts right through, cuts the corn down, and casts it to the ground…The preacher must make his sermons cut. Our sickle is made on purpose to cut. The Gospel is intended to wound the conscience and to go right through the heart, with the design of separating the soul from sin and self, as the corn is divided from the soil.

I don’t recall where we are called to fatally wound people with gospel. I see stories of Jesus being direct and strong with gospel, but never fatally wounding. In fact, the only people he was that strong with, were the religious leaders who were hurting people with the law of God. Unfortunately this example proves the editor’s concern, that Calvinists are seen as cold-hearted when it comes to evangelism. And, so many of the problems that arise in the church today stem from the unbiblical and heartless work that Spurgeon prescribes. There is a fine line between being too accommodating and too strong. It is our job to walk that line carefully.

I have always seen the gospel more like a scalpel than… say, a sickle. It is used to cut, but it always meant for healing. It should not be a tool to simply walk through fields of people, cutting people down that are not well.

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1   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
September 28th, 2007 at 11:36 am

That is a self serving quote from Spurgeon and it reflects what Pyro does also. I more complete reading of Spurgeon reveales a soft heart for Chrst and the world.

2   Nathanael    http://www.borrowedbreath.com/
September 28th, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Great write, Nathan.
I love the switch from sickle to scalpel for healing purposes, brother.

In your paragraph after the Spurgeon quote (and I love Spurgeon) you state, “In fact, the only people he [Jesus] was that strong with, were the religious leaders who were hurting people with the law of God.” That could be taken even a bit farther to say, “…the religious leaders who were hurting people with [their interpretation of] the law of God.”