“Can you stare death in the face with it, and say, ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth?’ Can you close your eyes at night, singing as your vesper song— ‘I to the end must endure as sure as the earnest is given?’ Can you bless God for affliction? Can you plunge in, accounted as ye are, and swim through all the floods of trial? Can you march triumphant through the lion’s den, laugh at affliction, and bid defiance to hell?
Can you? No! Your gospel is an effeminate thing—- a thing of words and sounds, and not of power. Cast it from you, I beseech you; it is not worth your keeping; and when you come before the throne of God, you will find it will fail you, and fail you so that you shall never find another; for lost, ruined, destroyed, ye shall find that Christ, who is now ‘a stumblingblock,’ will be your Judge.”
-–Charles H. Spurgeon, “Christ Crucified” in Spurgeon’s Sermons, Vol. 1 (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996), 96-7.