Jottings – Architecture Apparel Music and Liturgies are Neither Spirit nor Life


Our weapons are the words of Jesus—these are spirit and these are life. Architecture, apparel, music, liturgies, these are neither spirit nor life: let those rest on them who will; we can do without them, by God’s help. Our sires, in the Puritanic age, fought and won the battles of Christ without these things. In later days, Whitfield stirred his age with nothing but the Word of God. Rowlands and Christmas Evans roused the men of Wales with no attraction but the cross. My dear brethren in Christ, ministers of the gospel who are now present, let me conjure you, stand to the gospel. Set your backs against the tendency of the times to depart from the simplicity of Jesus Christ.


C. H. Spurgeon, “A Blow For Puseyism,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 11. Originally preached on October 8, 1865. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1865), 563–564.


Thanks Keith!


One comment

  1. Quite true! But there is one minor caveat, in that the Puritan ministers (clergy?) did where black robes, in order to distinguish them from the rest of the people. This was a practice which continued among some evangelicals, even to the latter part of the 20th century. The famous preacher, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones comes to mind. Thanks!