“Doth that man love his Lord who would be willing to see Jesus wearing a crown of thorns, while for himself he craves a chaplet of laurel? Shall Jesus ascend to his throne by the cross, and do we expect to be carried there on the shoulders of applauding crowds? Be not so vain in your imagination. Count you the cost, and if you are not willing to bear Christ’s cross, go away to your farm and your merchandise, and make the most of them; only let me whisper in your ear. “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”
CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON (1888)
The title of this post is also the title of the first chapter of Dr. John MacArthur’s book Ashamed Of The Gospel. It was first published in 1993, and again in 2010, with minor updates. I have both on my bookshelf. The term “The Downgrade” refers to what Spurgeon observed in the church in England in his day, and can also be seen in our day. Rather than provide a critique or review of the book here, I will only recommend it to all who read this post – and recommend highly!
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