J. B. Gambrell (December Challenge #19)

I was reading last night and came across this quote from J. B. Gambrell.  I want you to read it then guess when you think it was written:

God honors the preaching that honors him.  There is entirely too much mil-sop preaching nowadays, trying to cajole sinners to enter upon a truce with their Maker, quit sinning, and join the church.  The situation does not call for a truce, but for a surrender.  Let us bring out the heavy artillery of heaven, and thunder away at this stuck-up age as Whitfield, Edwards, Spurgeon, and Paul did, and there will be many slain of the Lord raised up to walk in newness of life.

If the two initial first name didn’t give it away (it seems that most dead theologians only get referred to as by their initials) J. B. Gambrell is no longer with us on Earth.  That means that this was not written recently.  In fact, it was written over 100 years ago in 1902 in Gambrell’s book Baptist Principles Reset.  I guess some things never change in culture.  It may look slightly different, but rebellion against what God commands of churches never changes (just check out Paul’s letters, it started early).  If you read the section above this Gambells argues for the preaching of the doctines of grace which he calls “that whole lofty mountain range of doctrines upon which Jehovah sits enthroned, sovereign in grace as in all things else.”

I posted this on this Lord’s day for us to reflect upon our time with the gathered beloved.  Was it saturated in the Gospel?  Did honor God?  Was the Bible faithfully opened, explained, and was a surrender demanded of sinners?  If you can’t answer yes to these questions continue praying frevently for your pastor!

More to come on Gambrell later–Dirk


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