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The Downgrade Controversy by C.H. Spurgeon

I want to commend to all readers who love the Word of God and believe in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Bible to read Charles Spurgeon’s The Downgrade Controversy.  The book takes articles directly from Spurgeon’s magazine that he published called The Sword and the Trowel beginning in 1887 and lasted until Spurgeon’s death in 1892.  Spurgeon himself commented that the Downgrade Controversy was killing him and it did in 1892 at the young age of 57.  During those five years, Spurgeon aged overnight in his pictures.  He grew tired and it seemed all the world was against him when he died.  Today Spurgeon is beloved by many of us including us Arminians but when he died in 1892, he was not a popular man.

Spurgeon stood his ground for the truth.  He rightly saw the evangelical Church moving away from the authority of the Word of God.  He saw the Word of God being substituted by many other things but he correctly noted that when the Word of God is cast aside, the gospel itself is cast aside.  What was at stake for Spurgeon was the precious gospel of Jesus Christ.  This was not a secondary issue for Spurgeon and thus he took to writing and preaching against the downward decline of the Church in England.  He was correct.  The English Church continued to go downward and today the English are far from God and in need of missionaries and revival.

I encourage you to purchase this book.  It is only $2.99 for the Kindle and will feed your passion for the Word of God and for the truth.  You’ll see that the battle that Spurgeon fought in his day is still ours today.  Satan uses the same weapons as he did in Genesis 3:1 when he questioned the Word of God.  Satan is still opposing the Word of God today.  And sadly, postmodern “churches” have embraced his lies.  May we be like John Knox, like William Tyndale, like Charles Spurgeon and may we stand for the Word of God and defend it against the lies of the enemy (Jude 3).

God help us to be faithful (Acts 4:29-31).

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