Say differently to different people.

Below you will find a quote from Charles Spurgeon. I believe this quote is of vital importance. We that preach the gospel need to consider and put into practice the truths I think you will see in the quote.

Now I know that I am not near as smart as Spurgeon was so I will use his quote for our consideration. I will put several thoughts from it. I welcome your discussion of these points.

  1. You have to be careful how you present truth if you want it to be accepted.
  2. If you give too much at once, you might defeat your purpose
  3. What we teach is often twisted because we put too much emphasis on that particular truth.
  4. We need the Holy Spirit of God to guide us to say things in just the right way and at the right time.
  5. Tremendous and right truth can hurt if not presented correctly.

Brethren, we also need wisdom in the way of putting things to different people. You can cast a man down with the very truth which was intended to build him up. You can sicken a man with the honey with which you meant to sweeten his mouth. The great mercy of God has been preached unguardedly, and has led hundreds into licentiousness; and, on the other hand, the terrors of the Lord have been occasionally fulminated with such violence that they have driven men into despair, and so into a settled defiance of the Most High. Wisdom is pofitable to direct, and he who hath it brings forth each truth in its season, dressed in its most appropriate garments. Who can give us this wisdom but the blessed Spirit? O, my brethren, see to it, that in lowliest reverence you wait for his direction.

C. H. Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students: Addresses Delivered to the Students of the Pastors’ College, Metropolitan Tabernacle. Second Series., vol. 2 (New York: Robert Carter and Brothers, 1889), 24.

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About the author

Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.

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