Correction, Brother Don At 4:46 into you sermon, you told a story about Charles Spurgeon. You said that Spurgeon was asked, "To what do you contribute the great success of your ministry?" Now to quote you, "...that man who was in his day so greatly used by God - and without a moment's hesitation, this was his answer: 'The men in our congregation pray for me.'"
Now, at once, I wondered, "Did Spurgeon really say that?" Having some familiarity with the writings and sermons of Spurgeon, I thought that he would never say that men, exclusively, pray for me, but rather, he would probably say, "The saints of God pray for me."
And so, I looked it up and found this reference to the incidence you mentioned, on page 137 of a book by Eric W. Hayden entitled, Searchlight on Spurgeon, Pasadena Pilgrim Publications, 1973, "In a very humble reply to one who asked him of his great success, Spurgeon replied, 'My people pray for me.'"
At last, the LORD is the One to be thanked for any man's "great success" in HIS ministry. I'm sure both you and Charles Spurgeon would agree.
Amen to that Observer! Reading thru most of the SA posts will give you an idea of the slappy happy religion that is not found in scripture, that some on this board cling to and will defend without using the bible but how they FEEL it should be. Glad to see you addressing this.
John yurich wrote: Romans 10:9-10 states to make a public confession of faith in the LORD JESUS CHRIST as ones personal SAVIOUR etc. Still trying to find it in the Bible where it says to come to altar and ask JESUS into my heart.The LORD GOD says in Hebrews 10:16,17. This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days,saith the LORD,I will put my laws into their hearts,and in their minds will I write them;and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Sounds like it is all of GOD to me and not some little prayer I prayed when the preacher told a sad story and I got all emotional and was manipulated to come down to the old fashioned altar.