Thursday, May 5, 2011

Oratory not enough

Alas, we know well enough that sinners have been dazzled a thousand times by all the pyrotechnics of oratory, and yet have remained as spiritually blind as ever they were. A notion has been held by some that you must argue the truth into men’s minds; that if you can put the doctrines of the gospel before them in a clear, logical, demonstrative form they must give way. But, truly, no man’s eyes are opened by syllogisms. Reason alone gives no man power to see the light of heaven. The clearest statements and the most simple expositions are equally in vain without grace.

From a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon entitled "The Healing Of One Born Blind," delivered August 11, 1872. Image by Victor Bezrukov under Creative Commons License.

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