Charles Haddon Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) - Spurgeon regularly preached to a congregation of more than 10,000 people in Victorian London while still in his twenties. His sermons were transcribed and published, selling up to 25,000 copies every week. As many as 2,500 of his sermons are still on sale today and he continues to be highly influential among Christians of different denominations. While he is often recognized for his strong reformed theology, Spurgeon also emphasized the need for the Holy Spirit's power. These blogs will reflect the second emphasis.
Jerusalem was the happiest city that ever was when the Spirit of God was there! The disciples were singing from morning to night and I have no doubt the outsiders asked, “What is it all about?” The Temple was never so frequented as then—there was never such singing before the very streets of Jerusalem and the Hill of Zion rang with the songs of the once despised Galileans! They were fall of gladness and that gladness showed itself in praising God. I have no doubt they broke out, now and then, in the services with shouts of, “Glory! Hallelujah!” I should not wonder but what all propriety was scattered to the winds. They were so glad, so exhilarated—that they were ready to leap for joy!
Of course we never say, “Amen,” or, “Glory!” now. We have grown to be so frozenly proper that we never interrupt a service in any way, because, to tell the truth, we are not so particularly glad, we are not so specially full of praise that we want to do anything of the sort! Alas, we have lost very much of the Spirit of God and much of the joy and gladness which attend His Presence—and so we have settled into a decorous apathy! We gather the links of propriety instead of the palm branches of praise.
May God send us a season of glorious disorder! Oh for a sweep of wind that will set the seas in motion and make our ironclad Brethren now lying so quietly at anchor to roll from stem to stern! As for us, who are as the little ships, we will fly before the gale if it will but speed us to our desired haven! Oh for fire to fall again—fire which shall affect the most stolid! This is a sure remedy for indifference.
C.H. Spurgeon. September 18, 1881 at The Metropolitan Tabernacle, London.