Spurgeon vs. Osteen

In these modern times, it seems most professing Christians mock, ridicule, and are completely unable to understand quotes like this:

“The highest honor that God can confer upon his children is the blood-red crown of martyrdom. The jewels of a Christian are his afflictions. The regalia of the kings that God has made, are their troubles, their sorrows, and their griefs.  Griefs exalt us, and troubles lift us.”   Charles Spurgeon


At the same time, quotes such as the following are understood, embraced and promoted as Godly teaching:


“Don’t just accept whatever comes your way in life. You were born to win; you were born for greatness; you were created to be a champion in life.” – Joel Osteen


Since we are told in Scripture that men will hate us, revile us, persecute and kill us for the sake of Christ’s name, I am thinking one of these two quotes has a lot more validity than the other.  Can you figure out which one?

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3 Comments on “Spurgeon vs. Osteen”

  1. Paul Says:

    Reblogged this on The Untainted Gospel blog and commented:
    Great thoughts. How many of us accept the latter and reject the first?


  2. Rich Says:

    I recently read a book by Ray Comfort entitled “God has a wonderful plan for your life”
    The picture on the cover is Stephen looking up into heaven and another person about to crush his head with a large rock. The life of a Christian is a path against the stream of the world and trouble is a natural outcome of that. As well and more importantly, Jesus told us that we would have trouble in this world and that trouble could lead to our death if we are truly following Him. Those who tell us that abundant life and prosperity is not as Christ defined but worldly possession, riches and honour from men, are speaking the words of the devil when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness. “See all these kingdoms…….these will be yours, if you just bow down and worship me”.
    The church that preaches riches, is the church that has bowed down to the evil one and not done as our Lord did….declare “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.!!”
    GOD bless Church Salt for seeking to define the truth amongst the thorns.


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