“Do not be satisfied, any of you, with half a conversion! I am afraid that there are a great many who have not much more than half a conversion. I know a man—I hope he is converted—but I wish that the Lord would convert his temper. He prays very nicely, but you should see him when he is red in the face with anger at his wife! I know a man—I hope he is a Christian, it is not for me to judge—but I wish that the Lord would convert his pocket. It needs a button taken off, for it is very difficult to get it open! It is very easy to put something in, but hard to get anything out for any good purpose.”–1893, Sermon 2315
“The man who talks about his experience as a Christian, who never does anything for Christ, is, I am afraid, only an idle dreamer.”–1894, Sermon 2384
“Inconsistent professors are the greatest stumbling blocks to the spread of the cause of Christ!”–1892, Sermon 2248
“If a man gives himself to the Church, he must not, therefore, suppose that he has given himself to God. To give himself to the people of God, before giving himself, first, to God, will do the man no good. It will indeed do him a positive injury. The man who acts in this way is either self-deceived or else a deceiver—he does wrong to God, to the Church, to himself, and is thus a threefold offender! You have no right to either of the ordinances of God if you do not belong to Him—they are only for believers—and until you first give yourself to the Lord, you have no right to be reckoned among the people of God! If you come to the Lord’s Table as an unbeliever, so far from getting any good there, you will eat and drink condemnation to yourself; for you cannot discern the Lord’s body and, therefore, you cannot rightly use the bread and cup, which are the emblems of His bro- ken body and poured out blood. Dear Friend, keep that first thing first! First give your- self to the Lord and then give yourself to us by the will of God.”–1891, Sermon 2234
“A little religion is a very dangerous thing; drink deep if you would come to the sweetness of it. It is bitter at the top; but when you drink it to the very depths, the lees* thereof are the choicest cordial* for a fainting spirit.” –1893, Sermon 2303
“A man picked himself up from the gutter and rolled up against Mr. Rowland Hill* one night as he went home, and he said, ‘Mr. Hill, I am pleased to see you, Sir. I am one of your converts.’ Rowland said, ‘I thought it was very likely you were. You are not one of God’s converts, or else you would not be drunk.’ There is a great lesson in that answer. My converts are no good. Rowland Hill’s converts could get drunk—but the converts of the Spirit of God, those are really renewed in the spirit of their mind by a supernatural operation! And these are a real increase to the Church of God.” –1892, Sermon 2265
*Lees – the sediment that settles in the containing vessel when wine ferments.
*Cordial – a comforting and exhilarating drink.
*Rowland Hill (1744-1833) – Anglican minister of Surrey Chapel in Southwark, London. An aristocratic convert to Evangelicalism and an enthusiastic champion of itinerant preaching. Often quoted by Charles Spurgeon.
Charles H. Spurgeon