Charles Spurgeon could see the change in his day. With the birth of the Evolution Theory, and the quickly growing interest in Modernism, he felt driven to warn us that there would come a day where the atonement–that old great story of the self-sacrifice of God himself—would become considered irrelevant. The idea of going to church to hear a motivational speaker for a preacher, or go to a church where the congregation dictates what they want to hear would have blew his gasget. Listen to the prophetic tone:
If ever there should come a wretched day when all our pulpits shall be full of modern thought, and the old doctrine of a substitutionary sacrifice shall be exploded, then will there remain no word of comfort for the guilty or hope for the despairing. Hushed will be for ever those silver notes which now console the living, and cheer the dying; a dumb spirit will possess this sullen world, and no voice of joy will break the blank silence of despair. The gospel speaks through the propitiation for sin, and if that be denied, it speaketh no more. Those who preach not the atonement exhibit a dumb and dummy gospel; a mouth it hath, but speaketh not; they that make it are like unto their idol…
Would you have me silence the doctrine of the blood of sprinkling? Would any one of you attempt so horrible a deed? Shall we be censured if we continually proclaim the heaven-sent message of the blood of Jesus? Shall we speak with bated breath because some affected person shudders at the sound of the word ‘blood’? or some ‘cultured’ individual rebels at the old-fashioned thought of sacrifice? Nay, verily, we will sonner have our tongue cut out than cease to speak of the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
—Charles Spurgeon, Sermon no. 1888 in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Collection
My hope is that I can carry God’s expectation when that day of silencing arrives.