Having 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.
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