Henry Mahan

It has for centuries been a great temptation to many talented men to spend their time studying, arguing, and quarreling over sovereignty and responsibility, sabbath days and church government, prophetical speculation and future events, when they would have been better employed and more greatly used of God in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I was greatly impressed, while reading Mr. Spurgeon this week, by a statement he made regarding those who spend most of their time trying to resolve the deep and mysterious theological questions. He said, "There is the puzzling problem concerning the origin of evil. I am not so much concerned about how evil came into the world as about helping to get it out! Common sense seems to say that if there is a thief in the house, let us catch him, deal with him, and get him out. After that we will try to find out how he got in! Our Lord did not come into the world to tell us where sin came from, but by the sacrifice of Himself to put it away."

Henry Mahan, Pastor
Thirteenth Street Baptist Church
Ashland, Ky.

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