Originally published by The American Sunday School Union [now InFaith.org] in 1896 as Words of Advice for Seekers, this book’s enduring message is both simple and timeless. One by one, Charles Spurgeon, aptly nicknamed the Prince of Preachers, addresses many of the stumbling blocks a seeker must overcome in order to accept the message of salvation by grace through faith alone in Christ alone. In doing so, he lays out the Gospel with simplicity and yet describes it with such grandeur, using word pictures that still stir the soul. As a preacher, reading Spurgeon always ignites me strive more for the Gospel and for the authority of Scripture. He had this uncanny ability to mine the purest gold from the most seemingly plain bits of earthen Scripture. Things overlooked were brought into sharp and breath-taking focus under his magnifying glass!
For example, from Chapter VI, “The Invitation,” he comments upon the wedding invitation from Luke 14:17: “Come, for all things are now ready”:
“If the reason why a sinner is to come is because all things are ready, then it is idle for him to say, ‘But I am not ready.’ It is clear that all the readiness required on man’s part is a willingness to come and receive the blessing which God has provided” [p. 47].
Spurgeon makes it clear that the only thing standing in the way of you and salvation is: you. He addresses self-righteousness, worldliness, pride, a feeling of unworthiness, doubts and a host of other stumbling blocks, removing each with clarity and truth. Advice for Seekers begins with an authoritative warning not to try to save ourselves…
“Would you dare to put your miserable life in comparison with the the life of God’s obedient Son, who gave himself even to death? Does it not strike you that you are insulting God? If there be a way to heaven by works, why did he put his dear Son to all that pain and grief? Why the scenes of Gethsemane? Why the tragedy of Golgatha, when the thing could be done so easily another way?” [p. 5]
…and ends with a plea to take hold of the only means of salvation available to us:
“Your only safety lies in believing in the Lord Jesus Christ with all your heart, and obeying his commandments” [p. 134].
I definitely recommend this book, not only for seekers but for preachers and Gospel workers seeking a better understanding of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Its antique typewriter font and rough cut pages will take you back to the 19th century where hear the voice of Spurgeon thundering from the pulpit of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, preaching the everlasting Gospel with authority, creativity and clarity. The way it was meant to be delivered.
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-Rev Tony Breeden, from the Bookwyrm’s Lair
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