Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Spurgeon on Authentic Earnestness in the Pulpit

(What Spurgeon says here applies to singers and musicians too....)

"Earnestness in the pulpit must be real. It is not to be mimicked..... To sham earnestness is one of the most contemptible of dodges for courting popularity; let us abhor the very thought.

"Go and be listless in the pulpit if you are so in heart. Be slow in speech, drawling in tone, and monotonous in voice, if so you can best express your soul; even that would be infinitely better than to make your ministry a masquerade and yourself an actor."

-- Charles Spurgeon in "Lecture to My Students" (part 2, p. 149 -- Baker 1980)

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