The following excerpt is from the sermon Holy Violence preached in 1859 by Charles Spurgeon
The man who is pardoned, and who knows it, then becomes violently in love with Christ. He does not love him just a little, but he loves him with all his soul and all his might. He feels as if he could wish to die for Christ, and his heart pants to be able to live alone with his Redeemer, and serve him without interruption. Mark such a man who is a true Christian, mark his prayers, and you will see there is violence in all his supplications when he pleads for the souls of men. Mark his outward actions, and they are violently sincere, violently earnest. Mark him when he preaches: there is no dull droning out of a monotonous discourse, he speaks like a man who means what he says, and who must speak it, or else woe would be unto him if he preached not the gospel. As I look around on many of the churches, yea, on many members of my own church, I am apt to fear that they are not God's children at all, because they have nothing of this holy violence.
Charles Spurgeon Quotes
“Some people imagine that if they read so many chapters of the Bible every day, it will be much to their profit—but it is not so if the reading is a mere mechanical exercise. It will be far better to read a tenth as much and weigh it, and let it take possession of brain and heart.”
“Prayer should be the natural outflow of the soul—you should pray because you must pray, not because the set time for praying has arrived— but because your heart must cry unto your Lord."
“Brothers and Sisters, it is always a gain to us in our experience when we get farther and farther away from every dependence but the Lord!”
“There is no University for a Christian like that of sorrow and trial.”
“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”
“That very church which the world likes best is sure to be that which God abhors.”