THE DANGER OF COUNTING UN-HATCHED CHICKENS by: Charles H. Spurgeon
"It is a serious injury to a person to receive him into the number of the faithful unless there is good reason to believe that he is really [born again]. I am sure it is so, for I speak after careful observation. Some of the most glaring sinners known to me were once members of a church; and were, as I believe, led to make a profession by undue pressure, well-meant but ill-judged. Do not, therefore, consider that soul-winning is or can be secured by the multiplication of baptisms, and the swelling of the size of your church. What mean these dispatches from the battle-field? 'Last night, fourteen souls were under conviction, fifteen were justified, and eight received full sanctification'. I am weary of this public bragging, this counting of unhatched chickens, this exhibition of doubtful spoils. Lay aside such numberings of the people, such idle pretence of certifying in half a minute that which will need the testing of a lifetime. Hope for the best, but in your highest excitements be reasonable. Enquiry-rooms are all very well; but if they lead to idle boastings, they will grieve the Holy Spirit, and work abounding evil. Do not aim at sensation and 'effect'. Flowing tears and streaming eyes, sobs and outcries, crowded after-meetings and all kinds of confusions may occur, and may be borne with as [coincidence] of genuine feeling; but pray, do not plan their production. It very often happens that the converts that are born in excitement die when the excitement is over."
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan The following article was published in the January, 1993 edition of Tabletalk, a publication of the Ligonier Ministries, and copied in a publication of the Banner of Truth Trust in 2001.The audio series...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
THE OLD CROSS AND THE NEW A. W. Tozer ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Dr. Tozer (April 21, 1897 - May 12, 1963) was known for his unusual ability to penetrate beyond the surface of Christian living and deal with basic spiritual issues. His articles appeared in...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
RANDOM (or Rambling) THOUGHTS AND CAUTIONS FOR YOUNG CALVINISTS AS THEY BEGIN TO MINISTER THE GOSPEL OF GRACE I have now been in the Christian ministry for 47 years, all of which has been spent from the Baptist standpoint. After attending an...[ abbreviated | read entire ]