C.H. Spurgeon on Foolish Questions

Having seen many, many debates over the years on social media, and among fellow Christians, I want to share this devotion by Charles H. Spurgeon.

Titus 3:9 “But avoid foolish questions, and………contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

Our days are few, and are far better spent in doing good, than in disputing over matters which are, at best, of minor importance. The old school men did a world of mischief by their incessant discussion of subjects of no practical importance; and our Churches suffer much from petty wars over abstruse points and unimportant questions. After everything has been said that can be said, neither party is any the wiser, and therefore the discussion no more promotes knowledge than love, and it is foolish to sow in so barren a field.

Questions upon points wherein Scripture is silent; upon mysteries which belong to God alone; upon prophecies of doubtful interpretation; and upon mere modes of observing human ceremonials, are all foolish, and wise men avoid them. Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.  These things are good and profitable unto men” Our business is neither to ask nor answer foolish questions, but to avoid them altogether; and if we observe the apostle’s precept to be careful to maintain good works, we shall find ourselves far too much occupied with profitable business to take much interest in unworthy, contentious, and needless strivings.  (Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”)

There are, however, some questions which are the reverse of foolish, which we must not avoid, but fairly and honestly meet, such as these: Do I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ? Am I renewed in the spirit of my mind? Am I walking not after the flesh, but after the Spirit? Am I growing in grace? Does my conversation adorn the doctrine of God my Saviour? Am I looking for the coming of the Lord, and watching as a servant should do who expects his master? What more can I do for Jesus? Such inquiries as these urgently demand our attention; and if we have been at all given to cavilling, let us now turn our critical abilities to a service so much more profitable. Let us be peace-makers, and endeavour to lead others both by our precept and example, to “avoid foolish questions”.

C.H. Spurgeon

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2 thoughts on “C.H. Spurgeon on Foolish Questions

  1. peggyjoan42 October 14, 2016 at 6:29 am Reply

    Amen. Very good post.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vicki October 14, 2016 at 6:39 am Reply

      I’m encouraged that you liked it. Thanks for commenting.

      Liked by 1 person

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