“Today there is not very much gospel about; the church has given it up; a great many preachers preach everything but the living truth. This is sad; but it is a strong reason why you and I should teach more gospel than ever. I have often thought to myself– Other men may teach Socialism, deliver lectures, or collect a band of fiddlers, that they may gather a congregation; but I will preach the gospel. I will preach more gospel than ever if I can; I will stick more to the one cardinal point. The other brethren can attend to the odds and ends, but I will keep to Christ crucified. To the men of vast ability, who are looking to the events of the day, I would say, ‘Allow one poor fool to keep to preaching the gospel.’ Beloved teachers, be fools for Christ, and keep to the gospel. Don’t you be afraid: it has life in it, and it will grow: only you bring it out, and let it grow.”
–Charles H. Spurgeon, “The Mustard Seed,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit35 (1890: repr. Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim, 1970), 576. Quoted in Preach the Word, eds. Leland Ryken, Todd Wilson (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007), 205.