Additional Biographical Facts On CHS

Near the end of his ministry he said, “Oh, that my memorial might be, ‘He preached Christ crucified’!”

On several occasions Spurgeon said that his knees knocked together when he mounted his pulpit. His listeners took him seriously because he took his calling seriously.

As Theodore Cuyler once put it, “Spurgeon sowed the gospel seed with one hand and reaped conversions with the other.”

It made the hair on the back of his neck stand on end to think that some of his hearers were perishing, and he frankly told them so.

On one occasion (see Hebrews 10:31) he lamented that his eyes could only shed tears and not blood in front of his listeners.
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One afternoon Spurgeon went to test the acoustics in the Surrey Gardens Music Hall, where he was to preach the next day. He thundered forth the words of John 1:29, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Little did he realize that a custodian up in one of the balconies heard those words as a voice from heaven. He came under such conviction that he had to leave his work and get alone with God. After a brief season of spiritual struggling, he found peace and life by beholding the Lamb of God (C.H. Spurgeon Autobiography, The Banner of Truth Trust, Vol. 1, p. 534).
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On another occasion Spurgeon accused his congregation of indifference toward scripture. He said there was just enough dust on the cover of their Bibles to spell out “Damnation” with their fingers.
After he spoke boldly against Slavery during the American Civil War, many newspapers there threatened to stop publishing his sermons. But Spurgeon refused to be intimidated. He said in a letter to a prominent American newspaper editor, “I believe slavery to be a crime of crimes, a soul destroying sin, and an iniquity which cries aloud for vengeance. I would as soon think of receiving a murderer into church membership as a man-stealer.”

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