January 13, 2010

The Best of 2009- Charles Spurgeon

Lordship Salvation: Charles Spurgeon’s Personal Testimony Speaks Against It

I saw at once the way of salvation. I know not what else he said—I did not take much notice of it—I was so possessed with that one thought . . . . I had been waiting to do fifty things, but when I heard that word, “Look!” what a charming word it seemed to me. Oh! I looked until I could almost have looked my eyes away…. Between half-past ten o’clock, when I entered that chapel, and half-past twelve o’clock, when I was back again at home, what a change had taken place in me! Simply by looking to Jesus I had been delivered from despair, and I was brought into such a joyous state of mind that, when they saw me at home, they said to me, “Something wonderful has happened to you,” and I was eager to tell them all about it. Oh! there was joy in the household that day, when all heard that the eldest son had found the Saviour and knew himself to be forgiven.

Lordship Salvation: Charles Spurgeon Speaks (more than once) Against It

Then, dear Friends, remember, if we begin to preach to sinners that they must have a certain sense of sin and a certain measure of conviction, such teaching would turn the sinner away from God in Christ to himself. The man begins at once to say, “Have I a broken heart? Do I feel the burden of sin?” This is only another form of looking to self. Man must not look to himself to find reasons for God’s Grace. The remedy does not lie in the seat of the disease—it lies in the Physician’s hands.


  1. Hi Lou,

    While I am not an L.S. proponent myself, I have often wondered about the following sermon by Spurgeon. It seems to indicate that Spurgeon was indeed a L.S. proponent. What do you think?


  2. Thanks for the comment and link. Truth is that you can often find Spurgeon on both sides of this and other debates.

    My purpose here was to highlight Spurgeon’s personal salvation testimony to demonstrate that his conversion is not even close to how our modern day LS men insist the lost must be born again. You find no up-front commitment to do the “good works” (Eph. 2:10) expected of a Christian to become a Christian.

    Anyway, I do encourage you and all who see this go to both of Spurgeon’s testimonies that I link to from here and read them in their entirely. They are a compelling polemic against Lordship Salvation’s works based, man-centered message.

    Kind regards,