Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Reformation Day-Charles Spurgeon

I am going to interject in the "Why all Christian's are Calvinists (and don't know it)" series to talk a little about Charles Spurgeon. We celebrated Reformation Day last week and had a great time celebrating this man's life and contribution to Christian history.

"The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation. "

-Charles Spurgeon

We've already written a little bit about Spurgeon in the previous posts, but I wanted to give a very brief bio. on him here. My two oldest kids each did a report on Spurgeon on the week preceeding Reformation Day.

He became a believer at the age of 15, when he was walking to a scheduled appointment a huge snow storm hit. He ducked into a Methodist Chapel, where he says "God opened his heart to the salvation message." The text that moved him was Isaiah 45:22 - "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God, and there is none else."

Shortly after marrying his wife, Susannah and he gave birth to their twin sons, Charles and Thomas. Both he and his wife struggled with illness. She often missed hearing him preach because she was sick and in bed. Charles Spurgeon also suffered from depression. One day, while preaching, somebody yelled "FIRE!" and in the stampede, several people were killed. This was a heavy burden for him. But he went on to pastor churches and preach the truth. And until the day of his death, he was faithful to Christ.

After my kids did their research, they gave us a brief presentation on what they learned.

Then we played "pin the glasses on Charles Spurgeon". Ya know, just like the Puritans used to play.

Then we sat down for a traditional British meal with stew, honey butter rolls and an apple pie.

There is so much on Spurgeon that we didn't include here. Our family is spending the next year getting to know Spurgeon's life, ministry and death.

"I take it that the highest proof of Christ’s power is not that he offers salvation, not that he bids you take it if you will, but that when you reject it, when you hate it, when you despise it, he has a power whereby he can change your mind, make you think differently from your former thoughts, and turn you from the error of your ways. "

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