Happy Friday everyone! Today’s free download, usually $7.95, is Eccentric Preachers by Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
Filled with the same spirit of contrariety, the men of this world still depreciate the ministers whom God sends them and profess that they would gladly listen if different preachers could be found. Nothing can please them, their cavils are dealt out with heedless universality. Cephas is too blunt, Apollos is too flowery, Paul is too argumentative, Timothy is too young, James is too severe, John is too gentle. Nevertheless, wisdom is justified of all her Children. At this time, when God raises up a man of original mind who strikes out a course for himself and follows it with success, it is usual to charge him with being eccentric. If his honesty may not be suspected, nor his zeal questioned, nor his power denied, sneer at him and call him eccentric, and it may be the arrow will wound.
Defining an “eccentric” as one who “does not tread the regular ring, but deviates more or less as he sees fit,” Spurgeon writes about some of the greatest “eccentric” preachers in Christian history. Though they may have been called “eccentric” by the world, they were following a spiritual orbit in their work for the Lord. Eccentric Preachers was originally a lecture and widely reported in the British and American newspapers of the time — but badly mutilated. See what Spurgeon himself really said when delivering the lecture which he expanded in the book. Its aim was to save pastors from criticism and fault-finding by others.
Few people in history can be known by one name and have it ring true with their audience, and Spurgeon is one of them. Over time, Spurgeon has become known and revered as the “Prince of Preachers.” In the last 200 years he has been one of the most influential men for not only Preachers of the Gospel but for those who have not had the opportunity to hear and receive the Gospel message.
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