What Has Been Is What Will Be...
This selection is from an article written by Charles Spurgeon speaking out against "modern thought" in the life of British Nonconformist churches of the 19th century. Today, just like in Spurgeon's day, many denominations that seek to embrace "modern thought" or adapt to the current cultural ethic at the expense of biblical orthodoxy find themselves shrinking in size, even though the message they preach is a popular one. Why is this? Spurgeon's last line is hauntingly telling:
A new religion has been initiated which is no more Christianity than chalk is cheese; and this religion. being destitute of moral honesty, palms itself off as tho old faith with slight improvements, and on this plea usurps pulpits which were erected for Gospel preaching. 'l'he Atonement is scouted, the inspiration of Scripture is derided, the Holy Spirit is degraded into an influence, the punishment of sin is turned into fiction, and the resurrection into a myth, and yet these enemies of our faith expect us to call them brethren, and maintain a confederacy with them!... The fact is, that many would like to unite church and stage, cards and prayer, dancing and sacraments. If we are powerless to stem this torrent, we can at least warn men of its existence, and entreat them to keep out of it. When the old faith is gone, and enthusiasm for the gospel is extinct, it is no wonder that people seek something else in the way of delight. Lacking bread, they feed on ashes; rejecting the way of the Lord, they run greedily in the path of folly.
C.H. Spurgeon, “Another Word Concerning the Down-Grade”, The Sword and the Trowel (August, 1887), 397-8, emphasis mine.
There is nothing novel about a denial of the Gospel, no matter how inclusive it becomes.
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.
- Ecclesiastes 1:9, ESV