Listen Up, Oh, Faithless Sinner!

But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. -Hebrews 11:6

(Y)our first need is the possession of the simple germs of faith. Oh! my hearers, I marvel what some of you do without the comforts which faith can alone afford. Some of you are very poor people: how do you manage to endure your toils and troubles without faith? Where is your comfort? I do not wonder at your going to get drunk, or rioting in the ale-house, if you have no other comfort in this world…And you rich men, what will you do without faith? You know that you must leave all your property behind you; surely this will make the idea of death dreadful to you. I cannot understand even your happiness, if you have any. I know this-that

“I would not change my blest estate
For all the earth calls good or great;
And while my faith can keep her hold,
I envy not the sinner’s gold.”

But I want to ask you what would you do in the next world without faith? Remember, you are standing now upon the edge of the vast gulf of an unknown future… there you will be, perpetually descending through that pit that has no bottom-struggling to rise, but you cannot…Once more, oh! unbeliever, what will you do without faith? For faith gives eyes to the soul; faith gives us to see things that are not seen: it is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen… Sinner! thou canst not enter into heaven without faith, but what hast thou made up thy mind to do?

God, give faith to those that have none…! ~ C.H. Spurgeon



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