Do you really and earnestly want to be delivered from this fallen state of nature and to be brought into the glorious liberty of the children of God? According to C. H. Spurgeon:
None enter heaven who are only half-inclined to go there. Cold prayers ask God to refuse them. When a man manifestly does not value the mercy which he asks, and would be perfectly content not to receive it, it is small wonder if he is denied. Many a sinner lies, year after year, freezing outside the door of God’s mercy, because he has never thoroughly bestirred himself to take the kingdom of heaven by violence. If you are willing to be unsaved, you shall be left to perish; but if you are inwardly set and resolved that you will give God no rest until you win a pardon from him, he will give you your heart’s…
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Charles Spurgeon was a 19th century London preacher. He had a revolutionary appeal in his radical preaching, standing up against liberal theology of the time. When he preached, he drew amazing numbers of people to hear him. His language and his style were great talents.
His sermons and his commentaries are valuable to all Christians even today. He wrote a book called Around the Wicket Gate.
It addressed the issues of being a lukewarm Christian. He addresses those who want to know Jesus, want to approach God, but haven’t made any “moves”. The book is for those who he says “linger outside the gate” – resisting His call, suffering from doubts or fears.
Even though the book is written in the 19th century, so it obviously has a Victorian ring – but it is not difficult at all to understand. On the contrary, it is one of the books that all Christians will enjoy and should share with others.
You can read the book at the link below.