Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Only What God Does Abides

"I met with a man some time ago who assured me that he knew a minister who had a very large amount of converting power in him. Speaking of a great evangelist in America, he said, 'That man, sir, has got the greatest quantity of converting power I ever knew a man to have; and Mr.. So-and-so in a neighboring town I think is second to him.'

At that time this converting power was being exhibited; two hundred persons were converted by the converting power of this second best, and joined to the church in a few months. I went to the place some time afterwards—it was in England—and I said, 'How do your converts get on?' 'Well,' said he, 'I can not say much about them.' 'How many out of those two hundred whom you received in a year ago stand fast?' 'Well,' he said, 'I am afraid not many of them; we have turned seventy of them out for drunkenness already.' 'Yes,' I said, 'I thought so: that is the end of the grand experiment of converting power.' If I could convert you all, any one else might unconvert you; what any man can do another man can undo; it is only what God does that is abiding."
-Spurgeon