Spurgeon: May PM* 05/29/PM
"Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and
buildeth this city Jericho."
Since he was cursed who rebuilt Jericho, I much more the man
who labours to restore Popery among us. In our fathers' days the
gigantic walls of Popery fell by the power of their faith, the
perseverance of their efforts, and the blast of their gospel
trumpets; and now there are some who would rebuild that accursed
system upon its old foundation. O Lord, be pleased to thwart
their unrighteous endeavours, and pull down every stone which
they build. It should be a serious business with us to be
thoroughly purged of every error which may have a tendency to
foster the spirit of Popery, and when we have made a clean sweep
at home we should seek in every way to oppose its all too rapid
spread abroad in the church and in the world. This last can be
done in secret by fervent prayer, and in public by decided
testimony. We must warn with judicious boldness those who are
inclined towards the errors of Rome; we must instruct the young
in gospel truth, and tell them of the black doings of Popery in
the olden times. We must aid in spreading the light more
thoroughly through the land, for priests, like owls, hate
daylight. Are we doing all we can for Jesus and the gospel? If
not, our negligence plays into the hands of the priestcraft.
What are we doing to spread the Bible, which is the Pope's bane
and poison? Are we casting abroad good, sound gospel writings?
Luther once said, "The devil hates goose quills" and, doubtless,
he has good reason, for ready writers, by the Holy Spirit's
blessing, have done his kingdom much damage. If the thousands
who will read this short word this night will do all they can to
hinder the rebuilding of this accursed Jericho, the Lord's glory
shall speed among the sons of men. Reader, what can you do? What
will you do?