The Prince of Preachers on Penal Substitution

By Evan Knies

Charles Spurgeon was a Baptist minister that lived from June 1884 to January 1892. This is a quote taken from the sermon “The Blood of Sprinkling”.

“If ever there should come a wretched day when all our pulpits shall be full of modern thought, and the old doctrine of a substitutionary sacrifice shall be exploded, then will there remain no word of comfort for the guilty or hope for the despairing.

Hushed will be forever those silver notes which now console the living, and cheer the dying; a dumb spirit will possess this sullen world, and no voice of joy will break the blank space of despair. The gospel speaks through the propitiation for sin, and if that be denied, it speaketh no more. Those who do not preach the atonement exhibit a dumb and dummy gospel; a mouth it hath, but speaketh not; they that make it are like unto their idol.

Would you have me silence the doctrine of the blood of sprinkling? Would any one of you attempt so horrible a deed? Shall we be censured if we continually proclaim the heaven-sent message of the blood of Jesus? Shall we speak with bated breath because some affected person shudders at the sound of the word blood? or some cultured individual rebels at the old-fashioned thought of sacrifice? Nay, verily, we will sooner have our tongue cut out than cease to speak of the precious blood of Jesus Christ.”


 

Evan Knies is an undergraduate student at Boyce College and Louisiana Native. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies

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