Apprising Ministries is pleased to share this devotion from Charles Spurgeon. In what become known as the Downgrade Controversy Spurgeon would put his actions where his talk had been.

But I wonder, just where are the leaders today–who profess to follow Spurgeon–that also have the guts to stand up against the new evangelical semi-pelagian serpent of the Emergent Church while it is swallowing up apostatizing evangelicalism in The New Downgrade No-Controversy:

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:13-15)

If you love the Lord, bear witness to the Truth. You must do it personally; you must also do it collectively. Never join any church whose creed you do not entirely and unfeignedly believe, for if you do, you act a lie and are moreover a partaker in the error of other men’s testimonies. I would not for a moment say anything to retard Christian unity, but there is something before unity, and that is “truth in the inward parts” and honesty before God. I dare not be a member of a church whose teaching I knew to be false in vital points. I would sooner go to Heaven alone than belie my conscience for the sake of company.

Are you willing to walk with the Truth through the mire and through the slough? Have you the courage to profess unfashionable Truth? Are you willing to believe the Truth against which science, falsely so-called, has vented her spleen? Are you willing to accept the Truth although it is said that only the poor and uneducated will receive it? Are you willing to be the disciple of the Galilean, whose Apostles were fisherman? Verily, verily, I say unto you, in that Day in which the Truth in the Person of Christ shall come forth in all its glory, it shall go ill with those who were ashamed to own it and its Master.
(At the Master’s Feet, June 20)