A Christless Sermon is the Merriment of Hell

“O! how are our souls dissatisfied when we listen to a sermon destitute of Christ. There are some preachers who can manage to deliver a sermon and leave out Christ’s name altogether. Surely the true believer will stand like Mary Magdalene and, over the sermon, and say, “They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.” Take away Christ from the sermon, and you have taken away its essence. The marrow of theology is Christ, the very bone and sinew of the gospel is preaching Christ. A Christless sermon is the merriment of hell. A Christless sermon is a fearful waste of time; it incurs the blood of souls, and dyes the man’s skirts with gore who dares to preach it. But too much of Christ we cannot have. Give us Christ always, Christ ever.”

– C.H. Spurgeon, “A Visit to Calvary,” Spurgeon’s Sermons Vol. 2 (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007), 329-330.

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About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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