“A spiritual experience which is flavored with a deep and bitter sense of sin is of great value to him that hath it. It is terrible in the drinking, but it is most wholesome in the bowels, and in the whole of the after life.
Possibly much of theflimsy piety of the present day arises from the ease with which men attain to peace and joy in these evangelistic days. We would not judge modern converts, but we certainly prefer that form of spiritual exercise which leads the soul by way of the Weeping-cross, and makes it see its blackness before assuring it that it is “clean every whit.”
Too many think lightly of sin, and therefore think lightly of the Saviour. He who has stood before his God, convicted and condemned, with the rope about his neck, is the man to weep for joy when he is pardoned, to hate the evil which has been forgiven him, and to live in the honour of the Redeemer by whose blood he has been cleansed.”
– Spurgeon, c. 1890, Autobiorgaphy