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Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats?

This devotion by C.H. Spurgeon is more relevant today than it was when I first read it probably 20 years ago.  It certainly is far more relevant than it was when it was written so long ago..  but it goes to show that there is nothing new under the sun, and that things are getting so much worse for the Christian church.

FEEDING SHEEP OR AMUSING GOATS?

An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence that even the most short-sighted can hardly fail to notice it.  During the past few years it has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil.  It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments.  The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with the view to winning them.  From speaking out as the Puritans did, the Church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day.  Then she tolerated them in her borders; and now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses.

My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the Church.  If it is a Christian work, why did not Christ speak of it?  “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”.  That is clear enough!  So it would have been if He had added “…and provide amusement for those who do not relish the gospel.”  No such words, however, are to be found.  It did not occur to Him.  Then again “He gave some apostles, some prophets, some pastors and teachers, for the work of the ministry.”  Where do the entertainers come in?  The Holy Spirit is silent concerning them.  Were the prophets persecuted because they amused the people, or because they refused to compromise? The ‘concert’ has no martyr roll.

Again, providing amusement is in direct antagonism to the teaching and life of Christ and all His apostles.  What was the attitude of the Church to the world? “Ye are the salt”…not sugar candy, something the world will spit out, not swallow.  Short and sharp was the utterance “Let the dead bury their dead” …He was in awful earnestness!

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Looking Unto Jesus

Looking Unto Jesus

Do you ever have this thought come into your mind – “You are not REALLY saved” or do you ever do something that you know you should not do, but you give in to the temptation and speak a word, or do an action that you know grieves the Spirit within? Do you ever, at that time, feel very away from your heavenly Father?

Brother or sister, those are attacks of the evil one..the one who tempts you where he knows you are weakest.. the one who urges you to not be an overcomer, but to give in to his temptation.  Here is a devotion by C.H. Spurgeon written long ago that speaks to this issue that is too often faced.

Looking Unto Jesus – from Morning Devotions by C.H. Spurgeon

It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ. He insinuates, “Your sins are too great for pardon; you have no faith; you do not repent enough; you will never be able to continue to the end; you have not the joy of his children; you have such a wavering hold of Jesus.” All these are thoughts about self, and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within.

But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: he tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.” Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee-it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument-it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Keep thine eye simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to him; when thou liest down at night look to him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he will never fail thee.

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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