Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Spurgeon on Christmas

Charles Spurgeon closes his sermon entitled, "The Birth of Christ" (#2392, MTP) with the following words that express my own desire for friends and family at this time of year.
Now a happy Christmas to you all; and it will be a happy Christmas if you have God with you. I shall say nothing to day against festivities on this great birthday of Christ. We will to-morrow think of Christ's birthday; we shall be obliged to do it, I am sure, however sturdily we may hold to our rough Puritanism. And so, 'let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavend bread of sincerity and truth.' Do not feast as if you wished to keep the festival of Bacchus; do not live to-morrow as if you adored some heathen divinity. Feast, Christians, feast; you have a right to feast. Go to the house of feasting to-morrow, celebrate your Saviour's birth; do not be ashamed to be glad; you have a right to be happy. Solomon says, "Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment."
"Religion never was designed
To make your pleasures less."

Recollect that your Master ate butter and honey. Go your way, rejoice tomorrow, but in your feasting, think of the Man in Bethlehem; let him have a place in your hearts, give him the glory, think of the virgin who conceived him, but think most of all of the Man born, the Child given. I finish by again saying, ---



Greg Welty said...

Clearly, Spurgeon was unaware of the wealth of amazing resources available here.


Will said...

I am celebrating Christmas in Ecuador with my son who is teaching school down here.

Nothing like a little perspective to appreciate how deeply blessed we really are.

Quito Ecuador

Ivan said...

Dr. Welty...I wonder what Spurgeon would like of the internet.

lamouriaam said...

Love the quote, "Religion never was designed to make your pleasures less." Well, not by YHWH anyway. It makes the peace that was made with us that much more profound and joyfull.
Thanks for the whole quote and thanks for the blog. I am enjoying it. Merry Christmas!

Greg Welty said...


I'm sure he would like some sites more than others.


Jeff Richard Young said...

Dear Dr. A,

I find it humorous that you published the words of Spurgeon in red letters. :)

Happy New Year!

Love in Christ,


Tom said...


I am one of those "red letter Calvinists." ;-)


donsands said...

Very encouraging. That's what I and my family did. But only by His wonderful grace, and because of His amazing love.

Have a blessed and joyful New Year in His peace and power.

SJ Camp said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family.


"Red Letter Calvinists." Really clever! Is this going to be a new movement for all stripes of the reformed faith?

If so, please sign me up :^).

Bill said...

For those who have not read the article by Erin Roach on I would encourage you to do so.

Below, is an email that I sent to bpnews in regards to the article. I found in the article humility before God and the Gospel to which He has entrusted us.

The article actually says what many have been saying for several decades in the SBC.

Everyone have a great New Year.

As TA would say, Happy Reading.

In His Service,

Bill Mercer

As a long time SBCer, I want to thank you for the article written by Erin Roach (article published on 12/30/08). Her perception of the status of SBC preaching is not without merit. I personally have sat under "sermons" which dealt with why we have presents under the Christmas Tree, Who Saint Nick was, and Why Tinsle garns the Greens far too many times (at least 2-3 at present count). She serves as a voice for those of us who for many decades have sounded the alarm in what is going on in the typical SBC pulpit; maybe this article will open the eyes of many in the congregation who have been seduced by these wolves who proclaim to be Ministers of the Gospel while in fact denying the God who bought them. The article should also be a warning to those of us who are actively involved in proclaiming the Christ of the Bible while serving to shame those who have actually been deceived into "preaching" such messages in the name of God. After reading the Ms. Roach's article, I personally was reminded that when I submitted to the "Call to Preach/Pastor", I was actually submitting to God Himself and swearing before Heaven that I would be faithful to proclaim the Message of God's Salvation in Jesus Christ regardless of the cost. Thank you for publishing the article. May God raise up many more men and women like Ms. Roach who are willing to risk their careers and futures to remain true to the Word of the Lord. By His Grace, and For His Glory, Bill MercerRomans 5:1