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Atheist Tuesday: A Special Message from Charles Spurgeon

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As I was reading my devotional, “Morning and Evening,” by Charles Spurgeon on New Year’s Eve before bedtime, I couldn’t help thinking that these words, written 150 years ago, are still applicable to the unbelieving mind.

Please read and take heed in this New Year.

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” – Jeremiah 8:20

Not saved! Dear reader, is this your mournful plight? Warned of the judgment to come, bidden to escape for your life, and yet at this moment not saved! You know the way of salvation, you read it in the Bible, you hear it from the pulpit, it is explained to you by friends, and yet you neglect it, and therefore you are not saved. You will be without excuse when the Lord shall judge the quick and dead. The Holy Spirit has given more or less of blessing upon the word which has been preached in your hearing, and times of refreshing have come from the divine presence, and yet you are without Christ. All these hopeful seasons have come and gone–your summer and your harvest have past–and yet you
are not saved. Years have followed one another into eternity, and your last year will soon be here: youth has gone, manhood is going, and yet you are not saved.

Let me ask you–will you ever be saved? Is there any likelihood of it?

Already the most favorable seasons have left you unsaved; will other occasions alter your condition? Every means have failed with you–the best of means, used perseveringly and with the utmost affection–what more can be done for you? Affliction and prosperity have alike failed to impress you; tears and prayers and sermons have been wasted on your barren heart. Are not the probabilities dead against your ever being saved? Is it not more than likely that you will abide as you are till death forever bars the door of hope?

Do you recoil from that idea? Yet it is a most reasonable one: He who is not washed in so many waters will in all probability go filthy to his end. The convenient time never has come, why should it ever come? It is logical to fear that it never will arrive, and that like Felix, you will find no convenient season till you are in hell. Think carefully about hell and of the dreadful probability that you will soon be cast into it!

Reader, suppose you should die unsaved, no words can picture your doom. Write out your dreadful predicament in tears and blood, talk of it with groans and gnashing of teeth: You will be punished with everlasting destruction from the glory of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. Allow my words to startle you into serious thought. O be wise, be wise in time, and before another year begins, believe in Jesus, who is able to save to the uttermost.

Consecrate these last hours to lonely thought, and if deep repentance be bred in you, it will be well; and if it leads to a humble faith in Jesus, it will be best of all.  See to it that this year does not pass away, and you still unforgiven.  Do not let the new year’s midnight bells sound upon a joyless spirit! Now, now, NOW believe, and live.

ESCAPE FOR THY LIFE;
LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE,
NEITHER STAY THOU
IN THE PLAIN;
ESCAPE TO THE MOUNTAIN,
LEST THOU BE CONSUMED.

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59 Comments

  1. @Dennis

    Wow. So Dennis… you’re a Christian, right? Are you protestant? Are you a member of a denomination that long ago decided to separate itself from the teachings of the Catholic Church because their leaders DARED to question tenets of that faith? As far as I can tell, yes you have to have faith in a God, because when you get right down to it, there’s no physical evidence of one. True believer Christians have toiled endlessly to verify the accounts of the Bible, they’ve searched for the remains of Noah’s Ark, the Tower of Babel, the Garden of Eden and even the Great Flood, but with every new scientific discovery from biology to physics the biblical account is contradicted. Its become so obvious that the Pope stated, Yes they’re just stories but God still exists. Because you take it all on faith, you either believe or you don’t believe. I choose to believe in GOD, but I chose NOT to believe in the DOGMA of the Bible. And for those of you who think that, I’m saying this just so I’ll have some excuse to sin and do whatever the heck I want to do, or continue to deny the savior, or keep up a sense of stubborn pride, or that I don’t want to be accountable to anyone, then you need a serious dose of HUMILITY because your arrogance is amazing. Having doubt in something doesn’t mean it excuses me from being moral and doesn’t give me carte Blanche to keep on sinning or acting wicked in some manner.

    I believe that we should help our fellow man, love one another, and try to be the best human beings we possibly can. That we should do our best to not lie, cheat, or steal. That we should not hurt each other, harm each other, or hate each other, and that we should help someone in need. As Perdita had once said, we are accountable for our actions, we’re accountable to ourselves, our friends, our family, our society and if you have faith, our God, and I believe our works mean something because they define our lives. We should really strive to be the best we can be, and over the course of our lives we do encounter people, concepts, or moments in time that cause us to question our faith. I take solace in the fact that if God can forgive mass murderers as you claim, then he’s capable of forgiving a lowly doubter.

  2. @ Dennis the Sequel

    People undergo torture rather then deny the Holy Spirit because denial of the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin. Meaning that even if they’re coerced and tortured within an inch of their life, if the person torturing them gets them to deny it, they’re damned forever. Because apparently, according to the Bible, God can forgive any sin… any sin at all except the sin of doubt or denial. Even if you mentally doubt it you’re still eternally damned.

    I’m kind of curious though Dennis, if your belief in the literal interpretation of the Bible is so strong then why don’t you believe in the last words Jesus Christ said before he ascended into heaven. Check out Mark 16: 15-18 and tell me how much arsenic or cyanide you’ve ingested or how many people you’ve laid hands on to heal.

    I also find it interesting that the only way to salvation is belief AND baptism according to Mark. So every single man woman and child in the world after Jesus said those things was damned. Once again geography alone has condemned hundreds of generation of people, this time not because they didn’t know about Jesus or didn’t have faith but because they were not baptized. I’ve been baptized, have you?

  3. Hi Vin

    The way to salvation is: repentance of your sins (not just say sorry but actually stopping those sins) and faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

    Not the pope. Not Mary. Not any other “saint”
    Baptism is also not a requirement of salvation. 1st time I was baptized was as a baby growing up in a Roman Catholic part of the Netherlands.
    About 4 years ago when I was saved and gave my life to Christ I was baptized again. This time it was by choice and it was to show outwardly what had happened inside. God has cleansed me off my sins and given me a new heart and desires. Baptism did not save me. Jesus Christ is the one that saved me by His blood on that ROMAN cross! The catholic church still parades our savior around on a broken cross – all symbolic of showing their “power” over god. Or else they picture a baby Jesus in the arms of Mary. Again symbolic of how little the Catholic church things of Jesus. Instead of exalting Him as KING, as LORD, and as SAVIOR – guess who gets the spot light? Mary does.

    Jesus said: “I am the way the truth and the life, no man comes to the father but by me”

    You have heard the Gospel message numerous times and yet continue to reject it. In your own mind you have created a god that doesn’t exist. You reject the word of God and pick and choose what you like and what you don’t like. Don’t feel like you are alone in doing this. Why do you think the 1st Commandment is: Don’t have any Gods before me?
    Also the Catholics take away commandment number 2: Don’t make for yourself any graven image and bow down before it. As in bowing down before a statue of Mary, etc.

    Mark 16:15 – AWESOME scripture! Jesus telling all Christians to go into all the world to preach the GOOD news. The whole reason for this blog. Whoever believes in Christ and believes that He died and rose again on the 3rd day – will be saved. Awesome. Baptism shows that you now have this faith (not necessary for salvation if you look at other scripture and put this in context)
    When Jesus’s disciples went out: they spoke in tongues ACTS 2:4
    Apostle Paul went out and was bit by a snake and just shook it off and continued ministering. The disciples were able to heal people and perform a number of miracles as GOD enabled them to do.
    Are these things still possible today? I believe they are possible but only as God provides these gifts as He pleases. Right now we seem to be in a time of great unbelief which might be why we are not seeing as many miracles? Jesus himself couldn’t perform many miracles in his hometown because of unbelief. Even his own brothers did not believe in him until later in life.

    Don’t let these things stumble your coming to faith in the TRUE and LIVING God – Jesus Christ. Vin – Jesus is the one that hung on the cross for your sins. Put your faith and trust in that – humbly ask God to forgive you, ask God to show himself to you – and He will! God is not willing that any should perish. God so loved the world that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

  4. @Dennis

    Again, its up to interpretation… I’m aware of what miraculous things the apostles did, or rather some of them, but the way the sentence is structured doesn’t sound like he’s referring JUST to the Apostles.

    “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

    Belief AND baptism is required to get saved. If you’re not baptized you can’t be saved, I don’t see how you can take this passage out of context. And furthermore he talks about the signs for those who believe. He’s talking to the apostles in this passage, if he’s referring to their past accomplishments then why doesn’t he just say this?

    “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. By the power of the Holy Spirit, you have done the following: In my name you have driven out demons; you have spoken in new tongues; you have picked up snakes with your hands; and when you drink deadly poison, it did not hurt you at all; you have placed your hands on sick people, and they got well.”

    The latter edited passage makes perfect sense and I’ll even agree that that’s probably what Jesus was referring to, he was recapping past feats of faith. But the mistranslation leads people to other conclusions, because Jesus doesn’t mention specifics, he doesn’t call any apostle out by name and in the context of his speech he’s not even referring to just the apostles he’s clearly saying anyone that believes can do these things. To this date we don’t have recorded evidence of people doing these feats. Instead we get Peter Popov, who uses lies and deception to bilk people out of money in some twisted faith healing scam.

    We seem to be in a time of great unbelief? Are you saying that in the earlier days of Jesus when there were NO Christians and no one believed he was the true son of God that he was able to perform miracles like walking on water, raising the bed, and multiplying loaves and fishes? Today there are billions…. BILLIONS… of Christians. There are more Christians alive today then there were people alive on the ENTIRE planet during Jesus’ time. How can we live in a time of great unbelief when MORE people believe in God then ever before, and ACTIVELY seek out evidence of his miracles?

    And again Dennis. Arrogance. Being humble is Christian. You again assume that I have not recently prayed to God and asked for forgiveness. I have done all this, being preached at isn’t necessary, I have a personal relationship with God. And you miss the point entirely I’m not denying the hanging on the Cross aspect, or denying Jesus’ life and or sacrifice of his physical body to himself to forgive sins, I’m just commenting on how the Bible can be misinterpreted due to mistranslation. You see I think we need another Council of Nicaea. We can convene every apologetic, every pastor, every priest, bishop, deacon, pope, or biblical scholar of merit and get them together in a room like they did before and vote on the exact meanings of Biblical passages, update the text of the Bible in a unified manner so that there is one clear message of the Bible that makes sense to everyone who reads the Bible from the Layman to the Scholar. For instance, Leviticus 20:27 in the NIV Bible reads: “A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads.” whereas the King James reads, “A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood [shall be] upon them.”

    NIV calls for stoning of mediums or spiritists, basically people who claim to commune with spirits , while King James, says Wizards, someone who demonstrates the ability to use magic. Both are different things as we understand them, why not just get together and vote on better updated language like:

    A man also or woman that physically demonstrates a power that is defined as supernatural or beyond the ability of mortal people, ie. speaking with spirits, or transmuting materials, or controlling the elements with mental powers, etc, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood [shall be] upon them.

    Pretty straight forward, no? You also can not claim that this is blasphemous either because we’ve CLEARLY done this in the past as evident in the different versions of the Bible.

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