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The Callousness of the Gospel

By Brook Ardoin

Charles Spurgeon was the most popular, influential preachers of the Victorian Era. Pastoring the world’s largest church in London, he founded 66 ministries. He fought against U.S. slavery, China’s opium trade, and human trafficking. He was a writer and prolific author, and his quotes remain some of the most profound and well known within the Christian community to this day.

It is in one of his books he first wrote about what he called “the callousness of the Gospel”. Though I have not read this particular book, it was in a recent discussion of the passion of today’s church that this statement arose to describe what I have witnessed. If Spurgeon witnessed a callousness in God’s people during the 19th century, I can only presume to imagine what his thoughts would be concerning this dilemma in our 21st century.

The word “callous” in relation to this article means, “make hard; hardened; insensitive; indifferent; unsympathetic; feeling no emotion”.



The Callousness of the Gospel

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