I Can’t Say Until I know What’s In It – Charles Spurgeon

When we were in Venice we purchased a few curiosities, and finding them burdensome, we thought of sending them home by one of the English vessels lying in the Canal. We went out in a gondola with our box, and having asked for the captain of one of the vessels, we put to him the question, “Will you take a box for us to London, and what is the charge?” His reply was very ready, “I can’t say till I know what’s in it, for I don’t want to get into trouble.” A very common sense answer indeed; we admired its caution and honesty.

What a pity that men do not exercise as much care in spiritual matters, as to what they will receive or reject. Dear reader, in these times there are thousands of bad books published, and herds of bad teachers sent forth to deceive the unwary; you must be on your guard, lest you be led into error. Take nothing for granted, enquire into things for yourself, and try every new doctrine, and professedly old doctrine too, by the Word of God. You may take contraband goods on board before you are aware of it; keep both eyes open, watch and examine, and when a thing is pressed upon you, find out what’s in it. Do not believe all a man says because he is a clergyman, or eloquent, or learned, or even because he is kind and generous. Bring all to the bar of Holy Scripture, and if they cannot stand the test, receive them not, whatever their bold pretenses.

But reader, is your own present religion good for anything? Do you know what’s in it, and what it is made of? May it not be mischievous and false? Search thyself, and do not take a hope into thy soul till thou knowest what it is made of. The devil and his allies will try to trick you into carrying their wares, but be warned in time, and reject their vile devices. The finished work of Jesus received by faith, is “a good hope through grace,” and there is no other. Hast thou it? or art thou foolishly looking to another? The Lord lead you away from all else to Jesus. Whatever may be the ground of trust which men may offer you, take care to KNOW WHAT’S IN IT before you accept it.

No. 19.—Sword and Trowel Tracts, by C. H. SPURGEON

3 responses to “I Can’t Say Until I know What’s In It – Charles Spurgeon

  1. “Take nothing for granted, enquire into things for yourself, and try every new doctrine, and professedly old doctrine too, by the Word of God.”

    Born, do you have the link for the full sermon, or is this a shorty? It is very good and if there is more, I would like to see it. I will also give it a look, but if you know of a link, will you let me know?


  2. Thanks for this Born- I really liked it. Was just talking about this sort of thing yesterday with an old friend I had not seen in 10 years.

    “As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.” 1John 2:27

    My friend and I were talking about how people will believe what they want to believe and how they just cannot accept the fact that what they may be believing is in error. They cannot face themselves as being wrong, I guess. But if we ask God to give us a love for His truth and for wisdom, He will give it. If it is our desire to care about the truthfullness of what pastors and teachers are presenting concerning what the word of God says… if truth really matters- as opposed to just going along with the crowd, or blindly following a popular leader for whatever reason one may have, then I believe He will give us the discernment we need, as we compare everything taught to us with His word.


  3. Dawnmarie, that wqas one of his tracts and a shorty.

    Diane, I think that you are right. People believe what they want to believe. I was in a forum thread that hsd discussions about Mormonism and a Mormon servicemember who had been Catholic and several Protestant denominations entered the conversation. I had posted some truths about Mormonism and he posted the passages that allegedly proved false doctrine. A couple of points that he didn’t know about he assumed to be true and said he wanted to find out how Mormon doctrine had been twisted.

    The good news is that the Holy Spirit changes what you want to believe. 🙂


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