Charles H. Spurgeon was labeled “The Prince of Preachers.” This title came to him because of his great expositional preaching. Since I posted about the preservation of the saints I thought I would share Spurgeon’s view of this great doctrine.
“I must confess that the doctrine of the final preservation of the saints was a bait that my soul could not resist. I thought it was a sort of life insurance—an insurance of my character, an insurance of my soul, an insurance of my eternal destiny. I knew that I could not keep myself, but if Christ promised to keep me, then I should be safe for ever; and I longed and prayed to find Christ, because I knew that, if I found Him, He would not give me a temporary and trumpery salvation, such as some preach, but eternal life which could never be lost.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Ligonier Ministries posted a great article on Spurgeon’s view of this doctrine. You can find their article here: Charles Spurgeon on Preserving Grace.
Spurgeon had such a high view of God and the salvation that Christ achieved for him, that to believe that Charles could lose his salvation would force him to give up preaching.
“If anybody could possibly convince me that final perseverance is not a truth of the Bible, I should never preach again, for I feel I should have nothing worth preaching.”- C.H.S.
I relate to Spurgeon’s conviction on this doctrine as well. I graduated from Bible College with the single purpose of entering into full-time ministry. I am currently working toward attaining my MDiv. while serving as a Pastoral Intern at a local church. I preach regularly (about once a month, if that is considered regular…) and would find it impossible to preach the gospel without this doctrine. Why would I want to preach about a God who could not keep me eternally in his hands? Why would I want to preach the Word to others in order that they would see Christ and be saved if that salvation was not secure?
I am convinced, with The Prince of Preachers, that the preservation of the saints is written all over Scripture. The most famous verse in all the Bible says,
John 3:16 (ESV)
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
It is right there at the end! Those who believe will not perish but have eternal life.
Spurgeon viewed the preserving grace of God as a crucial truth of the gospel. If you toss this doctrine out you will definitely have problems with your view of justification by faith.
“That doctrine of the final perseverance of the saints is, I believe, as thoroughly bound up with the standing or falling of the gospel as is the article of justification by faith. Give that up, and I see no gospel left.” – C.H.S.