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Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was raised in a Christian home but became truly converted as a young man of sixteen.  After some early preaching and pastoring, during which his oratorical gifts became well-known, in April 1854 he was called to the pulpit of the baptist congregation at New Park Street, Southwark. Within a few months of his call his powers as a preacher made him famous. The chapel had been empty, but before a year had passed the crowds that gathered made a larger building necessary.  The enlarged chapel, when opened, at once proved too small, and in 1861 the Metropolitan Tabernacle opened, which accommodated six thousand persons. There Spurgeon ministered as pastor, head of a pastors’ college and orphanage, until his death.  A convinced Calvinist – “Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else,” he often said – staunchly adhering till the day of his death to every point in that theology which was made alive in his experience, Spurgeon was resolved to sacrifice nothing in the way of that doctrine, nor of his passion to preach the offer of salvation to all.  He long had misgivings not only over the growth of liberalism, but even among his fellow baptists over what he regarded as indifference to orthodoxy, especially in the growth of Arminianism which he believed led to minimizing the divine nature of Christ.  For these concerns, he was often censured not only for his opposition to modernism, but for introducing "needless divisions" among men of like faith. His reply:  "I am quite sure that the best way to promote union is to promote truth...purge the house of God, and then shall grand and blessed times dawn on us."  In addition to being considered “the prince of preachers,” Spurgeon was a prolific author, of 2,500 sermons still in print, along with The Treasury of David (on the Psalms), Morning by Evening, the pastoral classic, Lectures to My Students, and many others. 

The Church's New Mission:
Entertaining the Masses?

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Does It Accomplish Its Purpose?

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