by Patte Smith on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 10:21am
You flatter them; and what happens?
...they dance upon their own graves.
The wicked dance upon their own graves. And the churchmen's tunes play on. The pastors fiddle while babies die and their neighbors burn.
"There is a way that seems right to a man,
but its end is the way to death."
~ Proverbs 14:12
"How can I help weeping when you will not weep for yourselves,
though your immortal souls are on the verge of destruction!"
~ George Whitefield
"The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?”
“For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery,
sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.
These are what make a man unclean.”
"The day when God shall judge the secrets of men
by Jesus Christ according to my gospel."
~ Romans 2:16
Brethren, we must preach the coming of the Lord, and preach it somewhat more than we have done; because it is the driving power of the gospel. Too many have kept back these truths, and thus the bone has been taken out of the arm of the gospel. Its point has been broken; its edge has been blunted. The doctrine of judgment to come is the power by which men are to be aroused. There is another life; the Lord will come a second time; judgment will arrive; the wrath of God will be revealed. Where this is not preached, I am bold to say the gospel is not preached. It is absolutely necessary to the preaching of the gospel of Christ that men be warned as to what will happen if they continue in their sins.
Ho, ho, sir surgeon, you are too delicate to tell the man that he is ill! You hope to heal the sick without their knowing it. You therefore flatter them; and what happens? They laugh at you; they dance upon their own graves. At last they die! Your delicacy is cruelty; your flatteries are poisons; you are a murderer. Shall we keep men in a fool's paradise? Shall we lull them into soft slumbers from which they will awake in hell? Are we to become helpers of their damnation by our smooth speeches? In the Name of God we will not. It becomes every true minister of Christ to cry aloud and spare not, for God hath set a day in which he will "judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel."
~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
excerpted from the sermon: 'Coming Judgment of the Secrets of Men'