Near the end of Charles Spurgeon’s life he withdrew from the Baptist Union in what would be now called the Down-Grade Controversy. More and more, Spurgeon saw the church becoming like the world, moving away from the doctrines of Christianity in order to be ‘relevant’ and accepted. He compared Biblical truth to the pinnacle of a steep, slippery mountain. One step away, and you find yourself on the down-grade.
In his message titled Holding Fast the Faith, Spurgeon gave a challenge for all Christians to stand by firm and solid and not be ashamed of the Gospel:
Look you, sirs, there are ages yet to come. If the Lord does not speedily appear, there will come another generation, and another, and all these generations will be tainted and injured if we are not faithful to God and to his truth to-day. We have come to a turning-point in the road. If we turn to the right, mayhap our children and our children’s children go that way; but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and to his Word.
I charge you, not only by your ancestry, but by your posterity, that you seek to win the commendation of your Master, that though you dwell where Satan’s seat is, you yet hold fast his name, and do not deny his faith. God grant us faithfulness, for the sake of the souls around us!
How is the world to be saved if the church is false to her Lord? How are we to lift the masses if our fulcrum is removed? If our gospel is uncertain, what remains but increasing misery and despair?
Stand fast, my beloved, in the name of God! I, your brother in Christ, entreat you to abide in the truth. Quit yourselves like men, and be strong. The Lord sustain you for Jesus’ sake. Amen.