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“We cannot place too much reliance in the gospel; our weakness is that we are so diffident and so apt to look somewhere else for strength.

We do not believe in the gospel as to its power over the sons of men as we should believe in it. Too often we preach it with a coward’s voice.

Have I not heard sermons commencing with abject apologies for the preacher’s daring to open his mouth; apologies for his youth, for his assertions, for his venturing to intrude upon men’s consciences, and I know not what else?

Can God own ambassadors of this cowardly cringing breed, who mistake fear of men for humility! Will our Captain honor such carpet-knights, who apologize for bearing arms?

Though we may well humble ourselves as men, as ambassadors of God we cannot crouch to the sons of men, to ask them what message would suit them best. It must not, shall not, be that we shall smooth our tongues and tone our doctrines to the taste of the age.”

~ Charles H. Spurgeon – 1871