The Babylonian books of the present day!

The Babylonian books of the present day!

(Charles Spurgeon, “The Greatest Fight in the World”)

The history of that human ignorance which calls itself “philosophy”, is absolutely identical with the history of fools! If ones were to write the history of folly, he would have to give several chapters to philosophy, and those chapters would be more revealing than any others.

Beware of the Babylonian books of the present day! The truth of God is the only treasure for which we seek, and the Scripture is the only field in which we dig for it! If you keep close to the inspired book, you can suffer no harm; you are at the fountain-head of all moral and spiritual good. This is fit food for the people of God–this is the bread which nourishes the highest life.

The prayerful study of the Word is not only a means of instruction–but an act of devotion wherein the transforming power of grace is often exercised, changing us into the image of Christ, of whom the Word is a mirror.

Within the Scripture, there is a balm for every wound, a salve for every sore. Oh, the wondrous power in the Scripture to create a heart of hope, within the ribs of despair! Amidst sharp and strong temptations, and fierce and bitter trials, the Word of the Lord has preserved us. Amidst discouragements which damped our hopes, and disappointments which wounded our hearts, our Bibles have brought us a secret, unconquerable consolation.

There is no true doctrine which has not been fruitful in good works. Payson wisely said, “If there is one fact, one doctrine, or promise in the Bible, which has produced no practical effect upon your temper or conduct–be assured that you do not truly believe it.”

The “doctrines of grace” produce . . .
a fine morality,
a stern integrity,
a delicate purity,
a devout holiness,
consecration in life,
calm resignation in the hour of suffering,
joyful confidence in the article of death.
This must be a true gospel–which can produce such lives as these!

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2 responses to “The Babylonian books of the present day!

  1. The church has ever faced a tension between missionary accommodation and religious syncretism. We become all things to win as many as possible, yet we are not to be conformed to the pattern of the world.

    Potential failure lurks to the one hand and the other.

    We may by isolation from the world in some measure maintain our religious and cultural distinctives; temptation lies outside the gate.

    But even asceticism gives no power over the fleshly nature, as Paul reminds the Colossian churches. Book burning is ineffective because it is powerless to deal with root sin problems. We bring the world with us in our isolation, for the church is comprised of sinners.

    Probably a more common failure lies in an opposite response, namely in our becoming like our non-Christian neighbors to win our neighbors. We cannot engage our culture without understanding it, but often the missionary is won over by the evangelists of the worldly opposition, in affections if not in confession.

    Somewhere in the middle of the muddle, the gospel is applied by the Spirit to transform culture into Christ-likeness. “Sanctify them in thy truth; thy word is truth.”

    • I agree, the problem is in becoming more like our neighbors to win them over. The problem with that is the unequally yoked syndrome. The basis for that analogy in scripture is God told the Israelites not to yoke two different kind of animals together. When two different animals are yoked together, the smaller, weaker animal pulls down the bigger animal.

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