It’s not an easy thing to stand alone. But that’s exactly what Charles Spurgeon did when he withdrew from the Baptist Union in 1887. The organization was getting away from the truth of Scripture, but there wasn’t a single person who stood with him.
Under the circumstances, it would have been easy for Spurgeon to compromise. But he refused. He said this,
If an act of sin would increase my usefulness tenfold, I have no right to do it; and if an act of righteousness would appear like to destroy all my apparent usefulness, I am yet to do it. It is yours and mine to do the right though the heavens fall, and follow the command of Christ whatever the consequences may be.
Spurgeon’s stand was very unpopular at the time. The conflict, known as the Downgrade Controversy, was extremely hard for him to deal with. But guess what? We don’t know the names of most of the men who stayed in the Union, but Spurgeon’s name is still respected by preachers to this day. God’s Word will stand, and He blesses those who stand for it.
You may be going through a hard time because of a stand you’ve taken for the Lord. Now you’re involved in a controversy that may cause you to lose some of your closest friends or your position at work. You’re discouraged, fearful, and uncertain about what to do. Friend, I’ve been there myself. Don’t give up. Instead of worrying about the situation, wait for God to see you through it. There’s a blessing waiting for you if you choose to do the right today.
Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones. — Phillips Brooks
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder