Spurgeon on Impostors

“Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor. Recollect that you are either trying to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus, and a totally silent tongue about him. Of course I do not mean, by that, that those who use the pen for Christ are silent; they are not. And those who help others to use the tongue, or spread that which others have written, are doing their part well; but I mean this,—that man who says, ‘I believe in Jesus,’ but does not think enough of Jesus ever to tell another about him, by mouth, or pen, or tract, is an impostor.”

C. H. Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, vol. 54 (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1908), 476–477.

  1. Spurgeon has some great illuminations but this isn’t one of them. This is an arrogant and graceless judgment, piling everyone into the same box and placing a huge burden upon those that are still working out their own salvation. It’s not a matter of going and doing on your own; it’s only when the Spirit has opened up the heart of one that they will proclaim Christ in zeal as their own lives have now been transformed by grace. Until then we’re called to be patient with those whose faith is weak.

    Impostors are more likely to proclaim Jesus than are those who are struggling to have answer for their faith. Humility is the heart that we come to fellowship in, not bold proclamations of our simple biblical knowledge of Jesus.

    “Either a missionary or an impostor” has an initial profundity of holiness to it, but it’s nothing more than a labeling of the people.

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