Pristine Grace

The True Social Gospel
by Henry Mahan
The True Social Gospel

    C.H. Spurgeon had a profound sympathy with the poor and the unfortunate, but it is doubtful whether it ever occurred to him that a fundamental change in the social structure was needed.  For Spurgeon that would have been putting the cart before the horse.  A changed social structure does not necessarily mean a changed society;  but changed hearts and changed individuals within society must of necesseity bring about a change in families, homes, and businesses.

    Spurgeon felt called of God to first preach Christ to sinners and to lead his church in an evangelistic effort to reach sinners with the gospel.  What we call social service was for him merely the outworking and expression of genuine Christian character as a result of knowing the Redeemer.  If men and women know and love Christ, they will strive to live for his glory, walk in his commandments, and help those who are in need.

    I feel very strongly about many of the issues raised by the fundamentalist preachers.  We are opposed to wholesale abortion, drugs, drunkennes, pornography, and many TV programs, but is it the ministry of God's preachers and churches to reform Rome, or to preach the glorious gospel of Christ?

    If Rome did reform, would they be any nearer the kingdom of God or merely whited sepulchers?  Reformation is not salvation, but true salvation brings about a change in conduct and behavior.  There are temptations to have a say in politics, in school affairs, and in social issues;  but let us dedicate ourselves once again to the motto of the Apostle Paul; "I am determined to know nothing among you save Christ and him crucified" (1 Cor. 2:2).