’’Everywhere there is apathy. Nobody cares whether that
which is preached is true or false. A sermon is a sermon whatever the subject;
only, the shorter it is the better.’’ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
In the late 1800s, Charles Spurgeon warned that the
Church was drifting away from the purity of the Gospel. Instead of boldly
proclaiming the truths of God’s Word, Christians were candy-coating the Bible,
being careful not to offend anyone. As a result, Christianity’s influence in
nineteenth-century England was severely destabilized.
Now, 100 years later, John
MacArthur is ringing the same alarm. And it’s a warning the Church cannot
The signs of compromise are all
around us: Numbers have become more important than the message. Churches are
offering up ’’Show-Time’’ religion instead of the ’’Old-Time’’ religion.
Pastors have turned to the marketing industry to help them draw people in
rather than relying on the sovereign power of God.
Until all that changes--until we
return to our calling to go into all the world and
preach the Gospel without shame--the Church is in danger of losing its impact
on society. And that would be our generation’s greatest loss.
Hardcover, 304 pages