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The Potter's Clay

Scripture, Theology, the Christian worldview, and other ramblings.

17 November 2005

The Chain

This warning from Spurgeon sent chills up my spine. I pray it does to you as well. One will NEVER hear this type of preaching from today's American, self-centered, therapeutic, feel good, "let's not offend anyone" school of preaching. I pray today's ministers of the Word will take a page out of some of the great preachers of the past and preach sin and repentance.

-Spurgeon, "Meditation on God"

O wicked men! wicked men! one word to you, all of you
who know not God- I will give you a subject for your
meditation tonight. It shall be a parable--

A certain tyrant sent for one of his subjects, and
said to him, "What is your employment?"
He said, "I am a blacksmith."
"Go home," said the tyrant, "and make me a chain
of such a length."

He went home; it occupied him several months, and
he had no wages all the while he was making the chain,
but only the trouble and the pains of making it.

Then he brought it to the monarch, and the tyrant said,
"Go and make it twice as long."
He gave him no pay for it, but sent him away.

Again he worked on, and made it twice as long.
He brought it back again, and the monarch said,
"Go and make it longer still."

Each time he brought it, there was nothing but
the command to make it longer still.
And when he brought it up at last, the monarch said--
"Take it, bind him hand and foot with it, and cast him
into a furnace of fire."

There were his wages for making the chain!

Here is a meditation for you tonight, you servants of the devil!
Your master the devil is telling you to make a chain.
Some of you have been fifty years welding the links of the
chain; and he says-- "Go and make it longer still. Next
Saturday night you will be drunk, and put another link on;
next Monday you will do a dishonest action, and so you will
keep on making fresh links to this chain."

And when you have lived twenty more years, the devil will
say, "More links on still!"

And then, at last, it will be-- "Take him, and bind him hand
and foot, and cast him into a furnace of fire."

There is the subject for your meditation.

I do not think it will be sweet; but if God makes it profitable, it will do good.

You must have strong medicines sometimes, when the disease is bad.

God apply it to your hearts! Amen.


Blogger Mike Perrigoue said...

That packed punch! Conviction anyone? How much worse it sounds to those of us that continue to sin even though we are regenerate.

I am a wretched man...thank you God for saving me.

17 November, 2005 16:09  
Blogger JIBBS said...

May God gives us all ears to hear this and wills to heed it.

17 November, 2005 21:57  
Blogger Nathan White said...

Good stuff Joe. To the Christian, this reminds me of Romans chapter 6:

"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?...knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin."

We owe the flesh nothing; we have died to it and sin.

P.S. I like the new template.


18 November, 2005 08:29  
Blogger Daniel said...

I like the new look - and I love Spurgeon...:-D

18 November, 2005 08:52  

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