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Insignificant Subjects: Not Fit for the Pulpit
Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Carlyle in narrating an instance of the preservation of etiquette at the court of Louis XVI., while the mob were demanding entrance into his private apartments, and the empire was going to pieces, compares it to the house-cricket still chirping amid the pealing of the trump of doom. When trivial subjects are descanted upon from the pulpit, while souls are perishing for lack of knowledge, the same comparison may be used; as for instance, when a congregation is collected, and the preacher talks about the drying up of the Euphrates, or ventilates his pet theory for reconciling Moses and geology. Why cannot these things be kept for other assemblies? What can the man be at? Nero fiddling over burning Rome is nothing to it! Even the women knitting in front of the guillotine were not more coolly cruel. We tolerate the cricket for his incongruous chirp; but go to, thou silly trifler at the sacred desk, we cannot frame excuse for thee, or have patience with thee.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Insignificant Subjects: Not Fit for the Pulpit'. Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fff/​i/insignificant-subjects-not-fit-for-the-pulpit.html. 1870.