More from C. T. Studd

In researching C. T. Studd’s “namby-pamby Christians” quote I found a wonderful page on therealchurch.com site with many more quotes from Studd. Here are a few interesting ones.

Difficulties, dangers, disease, death, or divisions don’t deter any but Chocolate Soldiers from executing God’s Will. When someone says there is a lion in the way, the real Christian promptly replies, “That’s hardly enough inducement for me; I want a bear or two besides to make it worth my while to go.”

 

How could I spend the best years of my life in living for the honors of this world, when thousands of souls are perishing every day?

 

I don’t tell fellows to volunteer, I tell them to surrender to God and to go away rejoicing in Him, and He will in His own way make all plain.
Here’s my final advice to them:
1. If you don’t desire to meet the Devil during the day, meet Jesus before dawn.
2. If you don’t want the Devil to hit you, hit him first, and hit him with all your might, so that he may be too crippled to hit back. ‘Preach the Word’ is the rod the Devil fears and hates.
3. If you don’t want to fall – walk, and walk straight and walk fast!
4. Three of the Devil’s dogs with which he hunts us are:
Swelled head.
Laziness.
Cupidity: {eager or excessive desire. to possess something; greed; avarice}.

 

There was a depth of wisdom in our Lord’s command to turn the other cheek, but I say when you do, be sure to keep your tongue in it.

Namby Pamby Christianity

Whilst at the gym I was listening to a podcast of David Platt (he of Radical fame) speaking. He quoted C. T. Studd (below), I stopped, and a shudder ran down my spine.

Too long have we been waiting for one another to begin! The time of waiting is past! The hour of God has struck! War is declared! In God’s Holy Name let us arise and build! ‘The God of Heaven, He will fight for us’, as we for Him. We will not build on the sand, but on the bedrock of the sayings of Christ, and the gates and followers of hell shall not prevail against us. Should such men as we fear? Before the world, aye, before the sleepy, lukewarm, faithless, namby-pamby Christian world, we will dare to trust our God, we will venture our all for Him, we will live and we will die for Him, and we will do it with His joy unspeakable singing aloud in our hearts. We will a thousand times sooner die trusting only our God, than live trusting in man. And when we come to this position the battle is already won, and the end of the glorious campaign in sight. We will have the real Holiness of God, not the sickly stuff of talk and dainty words and pretty thoughts; we will have a Masculine Holiness, one of daring faith and works for Jesus Christ.

Perspective

I wasn’t feeling great this morning. A potent mixture of sin and self-pity.

I read of Mary the mother of Jesus. Her life has rcently been blown apart by the news that she has the special privilege of becoming an unmarried mother (at a ridiculously early age), that people will call her names, cast aspersions on her character, shun her socially for years to come and much more. What was her response, Luke 1:48 Msg,

I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!

Scripture seems to have a good habit of turning me from my self-absorbed, sin-saturated life and making me realise God has a different perspective, and maybe I should too.

If Christ came into this room…

In a letter published after his death, the poet Robert Browning cited several utterances of men of genius concerning the Christian faith, and among them this one from Charles Lamb:

“In a gay fancy with some friends as to how they should feel if some of the greatest of the dead were to appear suddenly in flesh and blood–on the final suggestion, ‘And if Christ entered this room?’ he changed his manner at once and stuttered out as was his manner when moved, ‘You see if Shakespeare entered we should all arise; if HE appeared, we must all kneel’
Published in The Life and Letters of Robert Browning