Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
May 29– Evening
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“Cursed by the Lord is the man that rises up and rebuilds the city of Jericho.”
If the man who took it upon himself to rebuild Jericho was cursed by the Lord, how much more the one who labors to restore unbiblical and extrabiblical religion among us? Our forefathers in the Reformation brought down the gigantic walls of Romanism by the power of their faith, the perseverance of their efforts, and the blast of their gospel trumpets. But now there are some who would rebuild that accursed system upon its old foundation.
O Lord, be pleased to hinder their unrighteous endeavors and pull down every stone which they build. It should be a serious business with us to be thoroughly purged of every error which may have a tendency to foster the spirit of unbiblical religion, and when we have made a clean sweep at home we should seek in every way to oppose its spread in the church and in the world.
This can be done in secret by fervent prayer and in public by clear speech. We must warn with judicious boldness those who are inclined towards the errors of Rome. We must instruct the young in gospel truth and tell them of the dark actions of Romanism in history. We must aid in spreading the light more thoroughly through the land, for priests, like owls, hate daylight.
Are we doing all we can for Jesus and the gospel? If not, our negligence plays into the hands of priestcraft. What are we doing to spread the Bible, which is poison for the Pope? Are we publishing sound gospel writings? Luther once said, “The devil hates goose quill pens.” To be sure, the writers of Scripture, by the Holy Spirit’s blessing, used their pens to greatly damage the devil’s kingdom. If those who read this short word tonight will do all they can to hinder the rebuilding of this accursed Jericho, the Lord’s glory will come to the sons of men. Reader, what can you do? What will you do? [M&E]