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Spurgeon’s Warning Concerning: the Intimate Association Between Doctrinal Compromise & Worldliness

October 5, 2007

"Restoration of Truth and Revival," Sword and the Trowel,
December 1887:

"Brethren in Christ, in every church let us purge out the things which weaken and pollute. It is clear to every one who is willing to see it, that laxity of doctrine is either the parent of worldliness, or is in some other way very near akin to it. The men who give up the old faith are the same persons who plead for latitude as to general conduct. Liberal divines do not always command the respect of the public, but they gain a certain popularity by pandering to prevailing tastes. The ungodly world is so far on their side that it commends them for their liberality, and rails at the orthodox as bigots and kill-joys. … Believers must also sweep the house of the leaven of worldliness, and the frivolities of a giddy generation. The evil which is now current eats as doth a canker, and there is no hope for healthy godliness until it is cut out of the body of the church by her again repenting, and doing her first works."

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2007 10:57 pm

    I like what you have to say here, you may have an ally in my blog. Please come and check out my mission, I think you will be in agreement.

  2. puritanismtoday permalink
    May 26, 2008 11:08 pm

    Dear Pooyan,

    Do you think it works the other way as well?


  3. May 27, 2008 6:10 am

    Dear Gary,

    Practice of Godliness and holiness in personal life, and in the fellowship of the saints is, I believe, directly linked to a true passionate doctrinal conviction. Why? Becasue, practice is doctrine that is living. As we know we can carry doctrine on the pages of our books in our Reformed libraries, yet those pages must be carried in our hearts. I know that you would agree with this.

    Therefore, if I understand your question correctly, my answer would be, Yes. It works the other way as well. Our practice is the commentary of our personal Confession of Faith, both personally and ecclesiastically.


  4. puritanismtoday permalink
    May 27, 2008 7:59 pm

    Dear Pooyan,

    Thanks. I suppose I was trying to see if you agreed that it is not only true that doctrinal error leads to worldliness, but that worldliness leads to doctrinal error. In other words, the idea that we can be close to the world (often justified by saying it is so we can win them), and yet remain theologically orthodox, is a thoroughly false one.


  5. June 20, 2008 5:05 pm

    My question concerns the world view that is infiltrating the body of Christ conernint Parental Headship. Will you comment on this please,

  6. June 21, 2008 7:30 am

    Dear Mary,
    Could you please explain what is your concern is? I have many concerns of my own. So please be specific. Thank you for your interest.

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