Spurgeon And A Lesson On Handling Critics

Spurgeon-608x279Having just read a story from the life of Spurgeon and being inspired by it (Link below to the short, but gripping story), I thought how difficult it really is to handle a critic. In that we can not live totally above being open to real criticism, nor is there ever a shortage of those peddling off-base criticism, we had better figure out how our Lord would have us handle it. For we who name the Name of Christ, that is all that matters, isn’t it? That is what you will see in Spurgeon’s advise to a fellow preacher if you will take the time to follow the link and I hope you do.

Spurgeon learned his lessons the hard way. When he was just starting out he faced a most ugly attack from the Right by extreme Hyper-Calvinists. Beyond theological disagreement, they were just ugly. (In fact, there is an example of it in the linked story). In his later years they came attacking from the Left in the Downgrade Movement. It was just as ugly.

Probably like Spurgeon, if we ever come down on a biblical position, we will find enemies coming from both directions. That is not to say that truth is just a middle-of-the-road proposition, but that every good road has a ditch on either side. Wreck in either and you will damage your car, but I digress…

Spurgeon, in my opinion, gives us quite the Christ-honoring example. He always spoke passionately about what the Scriptures taught, he confronted trends or ideas that ran against Scripture with equal earnestness, but he treated individuals with grace. Don’t think he couldn’t have said more! Spurgeon was one of the wittiest men who ever lived. He had the ability to filet you with words, but he chose not to.

It all came back to Christ. Please follow this link to read this story for yourself.

 

Related Post: Charles Spurgeon

 

5 thoughts on “Spurgeon And A Lesson On Handling Critics

  1. What a great story, especially the ending! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    I also really like when you said:

    “That is not to say that truth is just a middle-of-the-road proposition, but that every good road has a ditch on either side. Wreck in either and you will damage your car.”

  2. Jimmy, I enjoyed your blog and the linked article on Spurgeon. Needless to say, I am a BIG fan of C. H. Spurgeon. No one feeds me quite like he does. I read a sermon almost every day, and always Morning and Evening. Perhaps you would be interested in knowing that the author of Prince of Preachers, Dr. Lewis Drummond pastored our church in the 1950s, and left here to teach at Spurgeon’s Pastor’s College for several years. While there, his wife came across an old edition of his Autobiography, and challenged her husband to write what became Prince of Preachers. He taught his last years at Beeson School of Divinty here in Birmingham. I used to go by his office and get him to autograph copies of his book that I gave as gifts. He was a wonderful man. One day he asked me if I would go and make a hospital visit with him. A man who had made a profession of faith while Dr. Drummond pastored Glen Iris was dying. He said “I never have been confident in his profession. Let’s go talk to him about his standing before the Lord.” We did, and Dr. Drummond carefully and expertly pointed him to the Lord. A treasured memory. Dr. Drummond is now with the Lord, too. God bless you, dear brother.

    • This is a fascinating story! Thank you so much for sharing it. I was aware Mr. Drummond wrote a great biography on Spurgeon, but had no idea about him pastoring your church and you personally knowing him. That must be a treasured memory indeed! Between what I know of you, and that great history, you must pastor such a wonderful church! God bless you!

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