Spurgeon: The Gospel

“We are sure that the Gospel we have preached is not after men because men to not take to it. It is opposed, even to this day. If anything is hated bitterly, it is the out-and-out Gospel of the grace of God, especially if that hateful word sovereignty is mentioned with it! Dare to say, ‘I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion’ (Romans 9:15), and furious critics will revile you without stint! The modern religionist not only hates the doctrine of Sovereign Grace, but he raves and rages at the mention of it! He would sooner hear you blaspheme than preach election by the Father, atonement by the Son, or regeneration by the Spirit! If you want to see a man worked up until the satanic is clearly uppermost, let some of the new divines hear you preach a free-grace sermon! A Gospel, which is after men, will be welcomed by men – but it needs Divine operation upon the heart and mind to make a man willing to receive into his utmost soul this distasteful Gospel of the grace of God!”

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Sermon 2185, 1891, Spurgeon Gems, Chapel Library

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