Surprising Spurgeon # 5 – ‘Forced’ To PreachOctober 22, 2008
In reading Spurgeon biographies previously I had heard the story of deacon Vinter’s ‘scheme’ to first have Spurgeon preach a sermon. Apparently, however, this was not the first time Charles had felt (quite literally!) ‘compelled’ to preach.
Spurgeon reflects on his first Sabbath-school opportunity (and then his first sermon?):
“Before I thought of going to a Sabbath-school to teach, someone called – asked me – begged me – prayed me to take his class. I could not refuse to go; and there I was, held hand and foot by the superintendent, and was compelled to go. Then I was asked to address the children; I thought I could not, but I stood up, and stammered out a few words. It was the same on the first occassion when I attempted to preach to the people – I am sure I had no wish to do it – but there was no one else who could, and the little congregation must have gone away without a single word of warning or invitation. How could I suffer it? I felt forced to address them, and so it has been whatever I have laid my hand to.”
(Eswine, p 26)