Charles Spurgeon and Roman Catholicism

Geese in their Hoods: Selected Writings on Roman Catholicism by Charles HaddonGIH Spurgeon

Edited by Timothy F. Kauffman

White Horse Publications, 1997, 206 pages

English Baptist Pastor, Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892), was known as the “Prince of the Preachers” for his eloquent and often fiery oratory. In this volume, Timothy F. Kauffman has collected some of Spurgeon’s uncompromising views on Roman Catholicism and the pro-Romanist faction of the Anglican church (aka the Oxford Movement). Spurgeon’s nineteenth-century grandiloquent prose is far from breezy reading but the material is well worth the effort.

Where are the Spurgeons of today to warn Evangelicals of accommodation with ritualism, legalism, and the gospel of merit? In stark contrast, several of today’s Evangelical leaders stumble over each other in their determined efforts to embrace Rome in the interest of ecumenical “Christian” unity. If Spurgeon were with us today he would be roundly criticized as being uncharitable and ungracious. Yet Rome has not changed any of its salvation-by-merit doctrines since the Reformation so why have some of today’s Evangelicals changed their view of works-righteousness Rome and compromised the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

“Reader, do you believe that men like yourself have priestly power? Do you think that they can regenerate infants by sprinkling them, and turn bread and wine into the very body and blood of Jesus Christ? Do you think that a bishop can bestow the Holy Ghost, and that a parish clergyman can forgive sins ? If so, your head can be seen in the picture peeping out from the cowl of the fox. You are the victim of crafty deceivers. Your soul will be their prey in life and in death. They cajole you with soft words, fine vestments, loud pretensions, and cunning smiles, but they will conduct you down to the chambers of death, and lead you to the gates of hell. Silly goose, may grace make thee wise!

Jesus Christ is the true Priest who can forgive all your sins; go to him at once, without the intervention of these pretenders. Make confession to him! Seek absolution from him! The Holy Ghost alone can cause you to be born again, and the grace of God alone can bring you to glory. Avoid Puseyite and Romish foxes, for they seek to make a gain of you, and lead you not to Jesus, but to their Church and all its mummeries. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and not in these deceivers.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

Used copies of “Geese in their Hoods” are available at starting at $8.70.

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