We may invigorate our faith and renew our courage by reflecting that divine power has always attended the preaching of doctrine, when done in the true spirit of preaching. Great revivals have accompanied the heroic preaching of the doctrines of grace, predestination, election, and that whole lofty mountain range of doctrines upon which Jehovah sits enthroned, sovereign in grace as in all things else. God honors the preaching that honors him. There is entirely too much milk-sop preaching nowadays trying to cajole sinners to enter upon a truce with their Maker, quit sinning and join the church. The situation does not call for a truce, but for a surrender. Let us bring out the heavy artillery of heaven, and thunder away at this stuck-up age as Whitefield, Edwards, Spurgeon, and Paul did and there will be many slain in the Lord raised up to walk in newness of life.
J. B. Gambrell (1841 – 1921)
President, Southern Baptist Convention (1917 -1921)
About Greg Coleman
I am a Particular Baptist who affirms the absolute sovereignty of the triune Godhead in all things. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in the God-man Jesus Christ. He is the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Disposer and Judge of all that ever was, is now or ever shall be. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men. He was made to be sin for his people and saved them from their sins by his substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross thereby satisfying the justice and wrath of God against them. The sufficiency of his death to the satisfaction of God’s justice is proven by his physical resurrection from the dead and enthronement in glory at the right hand of the Father. Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
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Another amen from me! Yes, so many are luring the sinner, and you couldn’t have put it better…with a truce. God does not make truces. For His word says explicitly that we cannot serve God and the world at the same time. We can’t have two masters; for we will either love the one and hate the other. It goes on to say that to love the world is to hate God. The Bible is very clear that there is no in between. The Bible teaches us that in between is called lukewarm, and that it is better to be cold or hot than lukewarm. Revelation 3:15 and 16, “15I knowthy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I willspuethee out of my mouth.” How more clear is our instruction manual of life from our Creator? Pretty clear to me. The Bible is only complex to so many because they, as I’ve mentioned before, are unable to accept truth; constantly looking for loopholes to make sin and living in it “okay”. Such a shame.
I haven’t heard of the term milk-sop in a very long time! The Bible isn’t like the tax law, there are no loopholes.
Thank you for that quote of an – to me jungle guy – so far unknown brother!