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Spurgeon’s Warning about Churchly Entertainment

September 1, 2007

The following is from Charles Spurgeon‘s battle against "the downgrade" of doctrine in his day. It is excerpted from "Restoration of Truth and Revival," Sword and the Trowel, December 1887.

"The Lord our God, is holy, and he cannot compromise his own glorious name by working with persons whose grovelling tastes lead them to go to Egypt–we had almost said to Sodom–for their recreations. Is this walking with God? Is this the manner in which Enochs are produced? It is a heart-sorrow to have to mention such things, but the work of the Lord must be done faithfully, and this evil must be laid bare. There can be no doubt that all sorts of entertainments, as nearly as possible approximating to stage-play, have been carried on in connection with places of worship, and are, at this present time, in high favour. Can these things promote holiness, or help in communion with God?"

[One would almost think that Spurgeon had visited many churches and Bible Festivals in England and the world. In the day that many preachers like to quote Spurgeon, I wonder if anyone from FIEC or some of the Grace Baptist Churches of our day will quote him on this.]

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2007 10:06 am

    Yes, Pooyan, they would quote this. Because they would not see any correlation between what they do and what Mr Spurgeon is warning against.

    I would contend that there IS a correlation. Whilst they will deny ANY ‘stage-play’ in worship, I would hold that the moment you have a band or group on stage, you have a performance. And a perfomance is not biblical worship.


  2. September 14, 2007 10:11 pm

    Hi Pooyan,

    I didn’t know you were blogging, just as you didn’t know I was! Hope you and your family are settling well into the work ‘over there” and that the Lord is already blessing.

    Now I know where you are I’ll put you on my blogroll and leave a comment from time to time.

    I got really sick and fed up with Irish Baptist quoting Spurgeon as if he was their great champion, he is of course spot on in the quote you supply, and as Jonathan says, most pastors cannot see the wood for the trees on this issue.

    J Paul (W)

  3. September 20, 2007 5:20 am

    hi pooyan.
    it’s me. Aydin.
    i am sooooooo happy that i found you on the web. i have been loking for you and some other friends on the web. i am listening to ut sermon right now.your voice has changed. it sounds good actually. i didnt know you had children too. may God bless you and your family.
    please, please keep in touch.
    i am in Malaysia studying to get my Ph.D in English Literature. i am married too.
    do u know anything about the other friends? please write back.

  4. puritanismtoday permalink
    September 25, 2007 1:17 pm

    Dear Pooyan,

    Wasn’t it Spurgeon who said something like, ‘We are called to feed the sheep, not entertain the goats.’?

    You may, or may not, be interested in the quote I just put up of Spurgeon on my site under Worship. It is to do with his position on Christmas.


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