Spun Too Fine

“When the thread of the gospel is too fine spun, it will not clothe a naked soul.”

Nice distinctions and technical phrases may hide the fulness of the word of God, and the simple truth may be treated in such a philosophical manner that its strength and substance may be taken away.

Some men preach the gospel, but there is very little of it. It is the right wool, but it is spun too fine. They give milk, it is true, but the water of their own notions so dilutes it that a man might sooner be drowned in it than nourished by it.

O to preach a full gospel fully!—to give it out with the richness and freeness which poor sinners need. This is one of the great demands of the day. Men are very liberal in their views, but they are not liberal in dealing out the precious things of the gospel of Christ.

Cold is this world and bitter are the blasts of conscience, and while they are shivering in their sins, poor awakened souls need all the gospel of grace, and all the grace of the gospel. O that our brethren would give up their fine spinning and wire-drawing of the doctrines of grace, and give us something substantial from the storehouse of the everlasting covenant, and plenty of it.

Alas, too many despise the old-fashioned word, and in their heart of hearts hate the very doctrine which they pretend to uphold. We know some who have no more right in the Christian ministry than Mahometans, and yet they say they are followers of Jesus. We have not so learned Christ.

—Charles H. Spurgeon
Flowers from a Puritan’s Garden (Passmore & Alabaster, 1883).


Preaching to Quicken Affections for God

God has appointed a particular and lively application of His word, in the preaching of it, as a fit means to affect sinners with the importance of devotion to God, their own misery without God, the necessity of a remedy from God, and the glory and sufficiency of the remedy He provided; to stir up the pure minds of the saints, quicken their affections by often bringing the great things of the faith to their remembrance, and setting them in their proper colors, though they know them, and have been fully instructed in them already.

—Jonathan Edwards
Adapted from The Works of Jonathan Edwards, 1:242.