Stop preaching! Stop preaching! Let the sun stop shining, and we will preach in darkness. Let the waves stop their ebb and flow, and still our voice shall preach the gospel, let the world stop its revolutions, let the planets stay their motion; we will still preach the gospel. Until the fiery center of this earth shall burst through the thick ribs of her brazen mountains, we shall still preach the gospel; till the universal conflagration shall dissolve the earth, and matter shall be swept away, these lips, or the lips of some others called of God, shall still thunder forth the voice of Jehovah. We cannot help it. “Necessity is laid upon us, yea woe is unto us if we preach not the gospel.
— Charles Spurgeon in Preach the Gospel, preached on August 5, 1855
“We have never sought to hinder the uprising of other churches from our midst or in our neighborhood. It is with cheerfulness that we dismiss our twelves, our twenties, our fifties, to form other churches. We encourage our members to leave us to found other churches; nay, we seek to persuade them to do it. We ask them to scatter throughout the land to become the goodly seed which God shall bless. I believe that so long as we do this we shall prosper. I have marked other churches that have adopted the other way, and they have not succeeded.”
– C.H. Spurgeon from sermon no. 626, The Waterer Watered, delivered on Sunday Morning, April 23, 1865, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle.
God despises pride. Pride usually leads into a terrible fall. Only Satan can convince us that we, by our own strength, have accomplished anything good spiritually. If through our talents, gifts, and opportunities anything spiritually good has been accomplished, we must always give God the glory. From whom did we secure our talents? Who has ultimately arranged our opportunities? Who is the only One who can open men’s hearts?
Thomas, C. C. (2001). Practical wisdom for pastors: Words of encouragement and counsel for a lifetime of ministry (209–210). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.