Spurgeon, "NOMINAL CHRISTIANS — REAL INFIDELS"
Professing Christians, the love of this
world is enmity against
God. You PROFESS to love God, yet you are as worldly, as fond
of its fashions and its frivolities, as pleased with its pomp
and its fooleries, as hungry for its honors and its fripperies,
as you can well be.
"Whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap."
This verse teaches that if you continue to sow sin
you will have to reap the result of it, and that, unless
through divine grace you are led to give up your right-eye
sins, and to cut often your right-arm lusts, you will perish.
Christ only bids you give up that which will ruin you;
he only asks you to do that which will make you happy.
The Son of God was nailed to the cross, and out of love to you
he demands that you forsake the sin which will destroy you.
God demands Repentance.
Repentance is a change of mind—
the changing of your mind with reference to SIN,
caring no more for its pleasures, despising it and
turning away from it.
Repentance is a change of mind with regard to HOLINESS;
seeking your happiness in it.
Repentance is a change of mind with regard to CHRIST,
so that you shall no longer look upon him as without
form or loveliness, but as a most precious Savior,
such as you need.
Christ demands of you that you should throw out your
Ornaments of Self-Righteousness, and wrap yourself in the
sackcloth of humiliation, and cast the ashes of penitence
upon your head, and cry, "Unclean! unclean! unclean!"