Friday, May 29, 2009

Working Bees or Dead Flies

A selection from a letter by C. H. Spurgeon to the members of his church, The Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, England. Spurgeon had gone to France to recover from ill health. The letter was written October 28, 1891, just a few months before his death. The letter expresses his desire for the members of the church to assist those preaching at the Tabernacle in hopes of revival.

My one great restorative will be news of revival at the Tabernacle. When sinners are saved and saints are sanctified, my sun will have risen with healing in his wings. If the Lord will work by Dr. Pierson, and Mr. Stott, and the brethren at home, and make them useful at a tenfold rate compared with me in my best days, I will unfeignedly rejoice. “Would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets!” Oh, that he would use every man and woman of you! Those whom the Lord does not use are very apt to be seized by another, and turned to his evil purposes. Those who are not working bees usually turn into dead flies, and spoil the sweetest ointments by the pot-full at a time. May no one in our church sink into such a wretched condition; far rather may we be so blest as to become blessings to all around!

The Suffering Letters of C. H. Spurgeon, annotations by Hannah Wyncoll, The Wakeman Trust, 2007, pp. 107-08.

1 comment:

charles said...

Read the article concerning the transformation of John Macarthur's church at the link following this excerpt:
Of interest, Grace Community Church elder and executive director of Grace to You, Phil Johnson, is a Baptistic Calvinist. This statement appears on his website: “Theologically, Phil is a committed Calvinist—with a decidedly Baptistic bent.” (Who is Phillip R. Johnson?) Even more interesting is this statement: “ a member of the Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals (FIRE).” The slogan of FIRE is “In essentials Unity, In non-essentials Liberty, in all things Charity.” (FIRE) Why is this interesting? FIRE’s slogan is nearly identical to the slogan of Phoenix Freemasonry! “It is the glory of Masonry to teach Unity in essentials, Liberty in details, Charity in all things; and by this sign its spirit must at last prevail.”