Never Say Never

“There is enough tinder in the heart of the best men in the world to light a fire that shall burn to the lowest hell, unless God should quench the sparks as they fall. There is enough corruption, depravity, and wickedness in the heart of the most holy man that is now alive to damn his soul to all eternity, if free and sovereign grace does not prevent it. O Christian! You have need to pray this prayer. But I think I hear you saying, ‘Is your servant a dog that I should do this thing?’ So said Hazeal, when the prophet told him that he would slay his master; but he went home, and took a wet cloth and spread it over his master’s face and choked him, and did the next day the sin which he abhorred before. Do not think it is enough to abhor sin; you may yet fall into it. Do not say, ‘I never can be drunken, for I have such an abhorrence of drunkenness;’ you may fall where you are most secure. Do not say, ‘I can never blaspheme God, for I have never done so in my life;’ take care, you may yet swear most profanely. Job might have said, ‘I will never curse the day of my birth;’ but he lived to do it. He was a patient man; he might have said, ‘I will never murmur; though he slay me yet will I trust in him;’ and yet he lived to wish that the day were darkness wherein he was brought forth. Do not boast then, O Christian! By faith you stand. ‘Let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”

—Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

2 Comments

  1. Dear Pastor Cardwell,

    In this season of Thanksgiving it is appropriate to Praise and Thank God for delivering us from evil.

    We do not know the evil and temptation that He has lovingingly and graciously protected us from.

    In the everlasting, loving, kindness of Christ,

    Charisse and Andy

    • Thank you, dear sister and brother.

      We do thank God for you and your family. May the Lord continue to bless you in your service to Christ and your witness for Him.

      With the warmest and joyful Christian love overspread in our hearts by God’s grace,

      jon and lisa

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