Spurgeon's insights for admitting a person into Church membership

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Stephen L Smith

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Spurgeon once interview a man for church membership. He checked with his previous church to see if he had been a member in good standing in the previous church. They informed Spurgeon they could not recommend him for membership because he "had too much of the flesh". Spurgeon got a measuring tape and measured himself and also the man who was applying for membership in Spurgeon's church. Lo and behold Spurgeon discovered he had "more of the flesh" than this other man. Needless to say this man was admitted to membership in Spurgeon's church. :)
 

ZackF

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Spurgeon once interview a man for church membership. He checked with his previous church to see if he had been a member in good standing in the previous church. They informed Spurgeon they could not recommend him for membership because he "had too much of the flesh". Spurgeon got a measuring tape and measured himself and also the man who was applying for membership in Spurgeon's church. Lo and behold Spurgeon discovered he had "more of the flesh" than this other man. Needless to say this man was admitted to membership in Spurgeon's church. :)
Wasn't there time when Spurgeon met Moody where Moody complained of Spurgeon's smoking? Spurgeon then called Moody fat or something..
 

Stephen L Smith

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Wasn't there time when Spurgeon met Moody where Moody complained of Spurgeon's smoking? Spurgeon then called Moody fat or something..

@Stephen L Smith, are you aware of the source of this anecdote?
I am pretty sure you can find these in vol 2 of Spurgeon's Autobiography, ch 26 Pure Fun. I looked at the Banner of Truth sample. I do not have a copy on hand to check. I also recall a funny banter there between Spurgeon and one of his beloved Paedobaptist friends :)
 

Reformed Covenanter

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Wasn't there time when Spurgeon met Moody where Moody complained of Spurgeon's smoking? Spurgeon then called Moody fat or something..

I heard an anecdote about C. H. Spurgeon having a visiting preacher speaking in the Metropolitan Tabernacle, who used his sermon to denounce cigar smoking. Afterwards, Mr Spurgeon thanked the brother for his sermon and said that he would think upon it while enjoying his evening cigar. :p
 

Chad Hutson

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As I remember hearing it, Moody castigated Spurgeon for smoking cigars. Spurgeon defended himself by saying that he didn't smoke in excess. When asked by Moody what his definition of "excess" was, Spurgeon flatly replied: "smoking two at a time!"
 
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