Selected quoted portions from “The Good Man’s Life and Death” a sermon by Charles Spurgeon.

Selected quoted portions from “The Good Man’s Life and Death” a sermon by Charles Spurgeon.
Oh, I would to God that every statesman, that every minister, that every Christian were free to hold that his only form and his only fashion for imitation
must be the Character of Christ! I would that we could scorn all superstitious attachments to the ancient errors of our ancestors! And while some would be forever looking upon age and upon hoary antiquity with veneration, I wish we had the courage to look upon a thing not according to its age, but according
to its rightness—and so weigh everything not by its novelty, or by its antiquity—but by its conformity to Christ Jesus and His holy Gospel! Then we would reject that which does not conform to Jesus, though it is hoary with years. Then we would believe only that which is—even though it is but the creature of the day and, saying with earnestness—“For me to live is not to imitate this man or the other but ‘for me to live is Christ!’”
Now, this is the true life of a Christian—its source, its sustenance, its fashion and its end all gathered up in two words—Christ Jesus! And I must add, its happiness and its glory is all in Christ.
Death comes and smites the best of us all. The most generous, the most prayerful, the most holy, the most devoted must die! Weep, weep, weep, O Church, for you have lost your martyrs! Weep, O Church, for you have lost your confessors! Your holy men are fallen! Howl, fir tree, for the cedar has fallen! The godly fail and the righteous are cut off! But stay awhile. I hear another voice. Say you unto the daughter of Judah, spare your weeping. Tell the Lord’s flock, cease, cease your sorrow. Your martyrs are dead but they are glorified! Your ministers are gone but they have ascended up to your Father and to their Father! Your Brothers and Sisters are buried in the grave, but the archangel’s trumpet shall awake them and their spirits are ever now with God.


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