O Christian, never take hold of sin …

“O Christian, never take hold of sin, except with a gauntlet on thy hand; never go to it with the kid-glove of friendship; never talk delicately of it; but always hate it in every shape. If it comes to thee as a little fox, take heed of it, for it will spoil the grapes. Whether it bounds towards thee as a roaring lion, seeking whom it may devour, or makes advances in an attractive form, with graceful mien, seeking by a pretended affection to entice thee into sin–beware; for its hug is death, and its clasp destruction. Sin of every kind thou art to war with–of lip, of hand, of heart. However gilded with profit; however varnished with the seemliness of morality; however complimented by the great, or however popular with the multitude, thou art to hate sin everywhere, in all its disguises, at every time, and in every place. Not one sin is to be spared, but against the whole is to be proclaimed an utter and entire war of extermination.”

– Charles H. Spurgeon.

do not try to make the Gospel tasteful to carnal minds …

“My dear brethren, do not try to make the Gospel tasteful to carnal minds. Hide not the offense of the cross, lest you make it of no effect. The angles and corners of the Gospel are its strength: to pare them off is to deprive it of power. Toning down is not the increase of strength, but the death of it.”

– Charles Spurgeon