• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

  • Blog Stats

    • 1,390,465 Visits
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 1,275 other followers

  • Recommended Reading

Charles Spurgeon On Unprofitable Questions

Charles H. Spurgeon

It is of little benefit for the Christian to spend his time debating controversial issues of the Scriptures to which the Scriptures offer no direct answer. Likewise, opinions about obscure speculations are of no practical value to the Christian unless the Bible offers a clear explanation. Charles Spurgeon addresses this topic firmly:

“Be careful to devote yourself to good works.” (Titus 3:8)

“Avoid foolish questions.” (Titus 3:9)

Our days are few, and are far better spent in devoting ourselves to good works, than in disputing over matters which are, at best, of minor importance. Incessant discussion of subjects of no practical value, do a world of mischief. Our churches suffer much from petty wars over abstruse points and unimportant questions. After everything has been said that can be said—neither party is any the wiser! Therefore, the discussion no more promotes knowledge, than love! It is foolish to sow in so barren a field.

Questions upon . . .

• points wherein Scripture is silent;

• mysteries which belong to God alone;

• prophecies of doubtful interpretation;

• modes of observing mere human ceremonies

—are all foolish! Wise men will avoid them! Our business is neither to neither ask nor answer foolish questions—but to avoid them altogether! If we observe the apostle’s precept to be careful to devote ourselves to good works—we shall find ourselves far too much occupied with profitable business—to take much interest in unworthy, contentious, and needless strivings!

There are, however, some questions which are the reverse of foolish—which we must not avoid—but fairly and honestly answer, such as these:

• Am I growing in grace and Christ-likeness?

• Does my life adorn the doctrine of my Savior?

• What more can I do for Jesus?

Such inquiries as these urgently demand our attention!

If we have been at all given to arguing and disputing, let us now turn to a service so much more profitable. Let us endeavor to lead others, both by our precept and example, to “avoid foolish questions.”

%d bloggers like this: