Dr Steven J. Lawson spoke yesterday to a group of Irish pastors. His subject was “The Gospel Focus Of Charles Spurgeon.” Some of the content was encouraging. Much of it was tremendously challenging. However my ‘personal takeaway’ was Dr Lawson’s discussion of Spurgeon’s bold audacity in the pulpit.
Spurgeon feared no man. Constrained only by the bounds of God’s Word, Spurgeon said what he liked, when he liked, how he liked. The problem with Spurgeon was not that men misunderstood his meaning. The problem was that men understood him completely. Spurgeon’s style was plain, direct, outspoken and urgent. Spurgeon wasn’t trying to be popular. He was trying to bring the truth to your soul.
In relation to this, Steven Lawson shared two quotes with us. I believe he had borrowed these from Adrian Rodgers. The first quote was,
The pastor should always enter the pulpit with his resignation letter in his pocket.
The other was:
The problem with preachers today is that no-one wants to kill them anymore.
By my observation, this is often true. Many preachers just want to be ‘nice.’ They cherish being winsome above being earnest. They desire popularity above faithfulness. They tremble more at the thought of offending their congregation, than they fear the thought of offending their God.
In the words of Dr Lawson: there are just too many “pretty boy preachers.”
Pray, God, that I wouldn’t be one of them.Tweet