Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Forgotten Spurgeon- Book Review


This book provides an interesting perspective on how Charles Spurgeon dealt with movements that he considered to be harmful to the body of Christ. It also tells why many people ridiculed and rejected him and his ministry. I believe it also reveals some telling reasons for the decline of the church (both the Metropolitan Tabernacle and the universal church) since the demise of Spurgeon.

I normally enjoy Iain Murray's writing but I did find this one a little harder to stay with. The last chapter yielded some good observations and seemed to bring the book to a fitting (and to be honest, welcomed) conclusion.

In my mind the book probably deserves three out of five hearts. It was no doubt accurate, researched and documented- it was just not a page turner.

I decided to read the appendix (which is rare for me!) and was amazed to read  a  fascinating account and explanation of the demise  of the Metropolitan Tabernacle. Not only that,  the appendix reveals an understanding of church membership that very few people today seem to grasp or agree with. In fact, I suspect the author of the appendix reveals the great shortcoming of the church today and the reason for it!

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