What a breath of fresh air!!!!!!! This was pure joy to dig deeply within!!!
Reformatted from LewRockwell.com. Emphasis also mine:
Charles Spurgeon on Christian War Fever
March 17, 2005
We know all too well about Christian war fever — that sickening blind worship of the state that elevates George W. Bush to Messiah status and seeks to justify his immoral, unscriptural, unconstitutional war in Iraq by incessantly repeating the mantras “obey the powers that be” and “God is a God of war.” But who is Charles Spurgeon and why should we care what he said about war?
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834—1892) was an English Baptist minister who served as pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London from 1861 until his death. But Spurgeon was no ordinary minister. He was a pastor, a preacher, a teacher, an author, an editor, and the overseer of a pastor’s college, a Christian literature society, and an orphanage. He is still widely revered today among Baptists (and others as well) as one of the greatest Baptist ministers in history.
Spurgeon preached his first sermon as a teenager and, in 1854, was called to the pastorate of the historic New Park Street Church, Southwark, London. During his thirty-eight-year tenure, the church increased from 232 to over 5,000. During the remodeling of the Park Street chapel to house the growing congregation, Spurgeon preached at the 5,000-seat Exeter Hall, a public auditorium. But because the remodeled chapel was still too small to accommodate the crowds, the church began construction of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, which sat 5,500 and had standing room for 500 more. In the interim, Spurgeon preached to thousands at the Surrey Gardens Music Hall. He was truly one of the most popular preachers in history. When he died in 1892, 60,000 people filed past his casket in the Tabernacle.
Spurgeon lives today through his sermons. From 1855 until his death, his Sunday morning sermons were published weekly. By 1865, Spurgeon’s sermons were selling 25,000 copies every week. They would eventually be translated into more than twenty languages. The sermons were then collected in one volume and reissued at the end of each year in book form. After Spurgeon’s death, the series continued until 1917 using his Sunday evening sermons. The six volumes of the New Park Street Pulpit (1855—1860) and the fifty-seven volumes of the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit (1861—1917) contain 3,561 sermons, 25 million words, and fill 41,500 pages. Many of these volumes are available online, and most are in print.
Unlike some Baptist preachers today who shamelessly serve as spokesmen or apologists for Bush and his “splendid little war” in Iraq, Spurgeon was not the least bit excited about war and war fever.
Spurgeon on War
Spurgeon’s comments on war can be found in his sermons on a variety of topics. He rarely preached a sermon that was specifically about war. His observations about war are overwhelmingly negative:
Long have I held that war is an enormous crime; long have I regarded all battles as but murder on a large scale (“India’s Ills and England’s Sorrows,” September 6, 1857, Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens).
Continue reading “Charles Spurgeon on ‘CHRISTIAN’ WAR FEVER — War is an enormous crime, murder on a large scale • The great crime of war can never promote the religion of peace • Christianity must be sustained by love • The *spirit* of war is the extreme opposite… • Our kingdom is not of this world • Our weapons are spiritual, pulling down strongholds • The true Christian does to others as he would they should do to him • Bloodshed on the smallest or largest scale is sinful • “Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you” • We fight not with men but with “spiritual wickedness in high places” • We are fighting *for* men rather than against them • A war against falsehood, against sin is God’s war • Woe to the Christian who forgets this • Times of feverish excitement test our attachment to great principle • The fight-spirit must be battled with & the genius of gentleness must be cultivated • When undertaken from a dire necessity, as the last resource… • Ought not to be smiled upon as a brilliant spectacle, nor talked of with a light heart • Peace teaching is practical gospel teaching • “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” must resound from our pulpits and be practised…”