Monday, March 29, 2010

Spurgeon On Conversions: Be Careful Counting "Unhatched Chickens"

A mega-church pastor recently defended his obsession with counting converts: "So we celebrate the numbers (people). We obsess about the numbers (people). We lay awake at night thinking about how we can reach more numbers (people). We cry when one of our number-friends repents and comes to Christ. We weep when, in a great 21st century moment of revival, we see 400+ numbers (sinners) make a decision to leave their lives of sin and follow Christ."
People sometimes tell me that my blog is too focused on Charles Spurgeon, with all of the quotes and writings of his that I post. This is by design however. I cant think of anyone who gives as effective an antidote to the modern seeker-driven movement, as the 19th century Prince of Preachers. That's because Spurgeon pastored a mega-church, but not one that was built through man-centered pragmatism. He was extremely evangelism-oriented, but unlike so many modern mega-churches, Spurgeon did not abandon sound doctrine. This quote from Spurgeon sums-up that point:
"The need of the hour for today's ministry is believing scholarship joined with earnest spirituality, the one springing from the other as fruit from the root. The need is biblical doctrine, so understood and felt, that it sets men on fire". [more]

Going back to our modern mega-church pastor. I think we get clarification from another statement that he made: "There will be hundreds here this weekend who haven't made a decision yet to follow Jesus". His numerical assessment of a 21st century revival at his church - is based on "decisions". This appears to be the modern error of decisional regeneration again.

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