Numbers of easy-minded people wink at error so long as it is committed by a clever man and a good-natured brother, who has so many fine points about him. Let each believer judge for himself; but, for our part, we have put on a few fresh bolts to our door, and we have given orders to keep the chain up; for, under color of begging the friendship of the servant, there are those about who aim at robbing THE MASTER.
Another Word Concerning the Down-Grade, from the August 1887 Sword & Trowel. Excerpted from, The Spurgeon Archive
What Does Central Seminary and John Piper’s Desiring God Have in Common?
Northland Students Perform “Jesus Love Me” and It’s Blasphemy!
Central Seminary has moved into the New Evangelical orb of John Piper. Central has drifted far from the fundamentalist, separatist moorings that were its historic distinctives. Northland International University (NIU) president, Dr. Matt Olson praises a church in CJ Mahaney’s modern Charismatic movement, and CCM/Rock/RAP music is the new norm for praise on campus. NIU’s trajectory is a downgrade from the foundational principles and historic doctrinal positions of Northland’s first 30+ years. The downward trajectory of Central and NIU is a symptom of the new wave New Evangelicalism. In light of these failing/falling, but once fine institutions, I presented Charles H. Spurgeon’s Another Word Concerning the Down-Grade. This article was Charles Spurgeon’s first major entry into the war of printed words regarding the “Down Grade.”