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    Election & Evangelism - C. H. Spurgeon

    A controversialist once said, “If I thought God had a chosen people, I should not preach.” That is the very reason why I do preach. What would make him inactive is the mainspring of my earnestness. If the Lord had not a people to be saved, I should have little to cheer me in the ministry.

    I believe that God will save his own elect, and I also believe that, if I do not preach the gospel, the blood of men will be laid at my door.

    Our Saviour has bidden us to preach the gospel to every creature; he has not said, “Preach it only to the elect;” and though that might seem to be the most logical thing for us to do, yet, since he has not been pleased to stamp the elect in their foreheads, or to put any distinctive mark upon them, it would be an impossible task for us to perform; whereas, when we preach the gospel to every creature, the gospel makes its own division, and Christ’s sheep hear his voice, and follow him.

    Posted by John Samson on June 5, 2009 07:45 PM


    Indeed, even if we had some way of knowing who the elect is, the command is still to preach the Gospel to everyone! Salvation is not what we accomplish when we preach the Gospel; witnessing God's work and bringing glory to God through obedience are.

    Without a world and life view that includes a correct interpretation of reality that we gain from the Whole councel of God we are a bunch of dualists and compartmentalizers who will only be marginalized by those who truly seek who God is and how he operates as our Creator. We must do more than become idolizers of our own personal salvation experience.Allowing God to be honored requires us to get out of the way. He will speak loud and clear if we set whether we set aside our little fundementalistic interpretations.

    I want to use this quote in my resource material; what sermon is this quoted from so I can give proper annotation?

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