I really appreciated this message from John Piper on “Charles Spurgeon: Preaching Through Adversity“, given back in 1995 at a pastors conference.
This quote which he includes in his message came back to mind on sunday morning as I sat in a sunday school class and was blessed with a very challenging sermon. Yes, he was ‘preachin’ and I was exhorted! Much of the teacher’s words brought this quote back to mind as I sat under some sound biblical counseling from God’s word.
“Some excellent brethren seem to think more of the life than of the truth; for when I warn them that the enemy has poisoned the children’s bread, they answer ‘Dear brother, we are sorry to hear it; and, to counteract the evil, we will open the window, and give the children fresh air.’ Yes, open the window, and give them fresh air, by all means … But, at the same time, this ought you to have done, and not to have left the other undone. Arrest the poisoners, and open the windows, too. While men go on preaching false doctrine, you may talk as much as you will about deepening their spiritual life, but you will fail in it”.
We really need to be counseled by God’s word and not man-centered mistrust and evasion of biblical responsibility.
Hold fast to the word of God and stand firm. Lord, help me; help me to be true to your Word in thought, word and example.