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The Religious Affiliation of
Charles Spurgeon
influential 19th Century British preacher and religious writer


For extensive information about Charles Haddon Spurgeon, see "the largest collection of Spurgeon resources on the web": http://www.spurgeon.org

From: Ervin Shaw, "Charles Haddon Spurgeon: They Cried Fire!" webpage, posted 2001; in "Christian Testimonies" section of "The Truth . . . What Is It?" website (http://poptop.hypermart.net/testchs.html; viewed 7 November 2005):

He read his preacher grandfather's books as a child less than 6 years old and seemed to be stuck as he internally debated the truth of Jesus as the savior. He visited a church at age 15 and listened as a committed but highly unlettered preacher delivered his sermon, following which the preacher confronted the young visitor: "Look to Jesus and be saved!" The boy was instantly aware of a profound inner conversion. By age 19, he was called to be the preacher of a large London Church. Jealous ministers mounted a newspaper campaign to discredit this minister as his sermons consistently drew 5000 or more each Sunday. As a building expansion was nearing completion, he rented the Surrey Gardens Music Hall (seating for over 7000). A group of men secretly conspired to yell fire in the midst of Charles Haddon Spurgeon's (1834-1892) sermon that first Sunday night. In the rush to the exits, many were seriously wounded and 7 killed. Several newspapers blamed Spurgeon, and one even called for him to be tried for murder. At his height, he preached an average of 10 times per week, published a weekly letter, and wrote numerous books...all the while suffering from that painful chronic disease, gout. As "skepticism" [disbelief in the truth of the Bible] arose in many Christian denominations, Spurgeon fought mightily against it, even to the point of leaving the Baptist Union. His church, Metropolitan Tabernacle Baptist Church, withdrew on a unanimous vote of the members. He was censured by the BU on a vote of 2000 to 7; he died 5 years later at only age 58...his impact still remaining strong today, over 100 years later.

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