Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), known as “the prince of preachers”, was one of the most prolific writers of his generation. His writings are rich with theology, Biblical knowledge that seems to transcend the times and generations. The words that he chose to use in his writings glorified the One whom he considered to be his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Never a word from his golden pen sabatoged the name of Jesus Christ.
In a collection of Sunday morning prayers in a book entitled The Pastor In Prayer (The Banner of Truth Trust, Carlisle, PA, 2018), a prayer from his sermon on Isaiah 55:8, 9 entitled God’s Thoughts and Ways Far Above Ours, No. 1387 (2 December 1877), Spurgeon prays concerning a burden which he finds heavy upon his heart and mind. It is the part of the prayer where he begins to pray for the Church and the the undermining of the great doctrines of the Scriptures that build up the Church, that build up the follower of Jesus Christ. Moreover, he even prays for the men who are “endeavoring to undermine the doctrines of the everlasting Gospel.”
Again, Spurgeon’s writings are so appropriate for the current climate in evangelicalism today. From the false ideology of critical race theory and intersectionality to the false ideology of social, racial, and climate justice, we need to hear from a stalwart like Spurgeon and we desperately need to heed the words as found in this prayer. We as pastors and preachers and teachers of the Bible ought to pray in this same way against the antagonists who claim to be of Christ but are wolves in sheeps clothing who have crept into the Church:
Still, Lord, we have a burden which we must now lay before Thee, and ask Thee to help us in it. We mourn over the condition of Thy church, for on every side as we look around, we see men endeavoring to undermine the doctrines of the everlasting Gospel. Time was when a man was famous for lifting up his axe upon the trees of the forest, but now they with axes break down the carved work of Thy sanctuary–they dispoil Thy truth. There is scarce a single doctrine of Thy word which the wise men among us do not deny. Yea, and those that pretend to be the ministers of the gospel are amongst the first to speak against it, and to denounce it, and to sanction license to sin because Thou wilt no more punish it, and do declare that Jesus Christ is not Thy Son. O Lord God, our heart often sinks within us; we are apt to wish to lay our hand upon the ark to steady it, for the oxen shake it; but we know it is Thy hand, and having spread the case before Thee we leave it there. Many a Rabshakeh’s letter have we read of late: behold we bring it into the sanctuary and spread it before the Lord. O Lord our God, rebuke the unelief, rebuke the scepticisms of those who assail both Thee and Thy Christ, and the gospel of Thy truth.
For those in our Bible colleges and seminaries across this great Nation of ours, let this be your prayer as well: “Rebuke the unbelief, rebuke the scepticisms of those who assail both Thee and Thy Christ, and the gospel of Thy truth.” Let our prayers be that of turning away from these falsehoods and let us turn to the enduring word of truth: the very word of God. Let us leave behind these false ideologies that are being propagated by so many in evangelicalism today. And while we are at it, let us confess once again that Jesus Christ truly is Lord and Savior to all who believe and that He is the only One who can set right that which has been made askew by so-called denominational leaders, church leaders, and modern-day prophets.