Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Preaching: Its Force the Main Consideration
I had tried to drive certain long brass-headed nails into a wall, but had never succeeded except in turning up their points, and rendering them useless. When a tradesman came who understood his work, I noticed that he filed off all the points of the nails, the very points upon whose sharpness J had relied; and when he had quite blunted them, he drove them in as far as he pleased. With some consciences our fine points in preaching are worse than useless. Our keen distinctions and nice discriminations are thrown away on many; they need to be encountered with sheer force and blunt honesty. The truth must be hammered into them by main strength, and we know from whom to seek the needed power.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Preaching: Its Force the Main Consideration'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/p/preaching-its-force-the-main-consideration.html. 1870.