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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 209

February 21, 2019 Leave a comment

TO VARIOUS FRIENDS

To [Rev. A. S. Patton].

LONDON, March 26, 1884.

DEAR SIR, —

I do not know who “the sainted gentleman” may be, but he did not speak the truth if he reported me as saying that I hated a close-communion Baptist as I hate the devil. I never even thought of such a thing, and assuredly it is not and never was true of me. The “saint” must have dreamed it, or have mistaken the person.

The most unaccountable statements are made by men of known integrity, and they can only be accounted for by misunder-standing or forgetfulness. I know my own mind and views, and I can say, without reserve, that the expression could not have been used by me. As compared with the bulk of English Baptists, I am a strict-communionist myself, as my churchfellowship is strictly of the baptized.

Yours heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.

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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 208

February 14, 2019 Leave a comment

TO VARIOUS FRIENDS

To [Prof. W. S. Aldis].

WESTWOOD, Oct. 18, 1882.

DEAR SIR,—

My son was weak in the lungs, but the climate of Auckland has quite set him up. I should think it is the place for an invalid; at any rate, it is the place for him.

My knowledge is slender, but all encouraging.

Your letter asking for an interview on Saturday did not reach here till Monday, or I would gladly have seen you.

May you be guided; and I think the oracle will say “Go.”

Yours heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Concerning the Baptist Library and several things to address

February 12, 2019 2 comments

There might be a huge misconception among folks on social media about my being able to find a job. They somehow believe that I cannot possibly find one and therefore, I was building a library to somehow become rich and have my household provided for without working. This is simply not true.

I possess a class A CDL and finding a job is as simple as going to certain sites and placing contact info on them. Then I just sit back and wait on employers to contact me. All I done yesterday is answer phone calls, text messages, and emails. It is that simple!

I could have been making huge dollar amounts the past few months. For instance: I was offered a job yesterday which guaranteed $65,000 a year in writing. A $5000.00 sign-on-bonus and a company paid phone. This is not to mention all the additional bonuses and perks that come with this job.

So my goal in building a Baptist Library was to have an alternative to the Puritan-Hard Drive, which by the way is full of hard to read scanned copies of books. It is also not Baptist friendly. Despite what Still Waters Revival Books claims, there is absolutely no Baptist material on the Puritan Hard Drive that can actually be considered particularly Baptist. In other words, just because there is a file or two on it by Particular Baptists, (such as Charles Spurgeon or Arthur Pink) does not fulfill the claim of Still Water Revival Books of containing 2203 Reformed Baptist books, mp3’s, and videos. I mean, a file by Charles Spurgeon on the sovereignty of God, does not make this drive contain anything that is particularly Baptists; seeing that the doctrine of God’s sovereignty is a doctrine that is particularly Christian. All Christians, whether they call themselves Baptist are not, should believe in the sovereignty of God. On my website I have a link listing all the Pdf’s on the SWRB drive and there are only a little over 70 Pdf’s out of 2000 plus Pdf’s which are by Baptist authors and not one of them is even a Baptist Confession much less anything that is considered particularly Baptist.

So again, my goal was to build a library that was Baptist friendly, easy to read, and that did not cost a fortune. (I paid over $800 for the SWRB drive while it was in the process of being developed into a drive from 36 Cd’s). I was well on my way of doing this seeing that the Baptist Library Vol I contains 417 Mb’s of material in 435 files.

So again, my goal was not to be rich, nor to make a huge profit off of these files. I could have been driving and making all kinds of money. However, while in this endeavor of building a drive, bills have to be paid. So that is why I am going back to driving and making a living. This is due to the fact that there was simply no support for the drive.

It is that simple folks. If I wanted to make huge dollar amounts, I certainly wouldn’t have been trying to build a library for Baptists, I would have been driving instead.

Hershel

The retreat of the Reformed Baptist Movement & there will be no Baptist Library Vol 2 at the moment

It seems that within the last few years the Reformed Baptist movement has taken a step or two backwards. Blogs that used to provide great content for Reformed (Particular) Baptists or websites that did the same, have disappeared over the last few years. The Confessing Baptist site is gone. One cannot click a link for it without getting an error message. Pb Ministries has disappeared. I could go on and on listing sites, but you all should get the picture just by the few I listed.

It also seems that there is little to no interest for a library for Reformed (Particular) Baptists. Having spent upwards to 18 hours a day building the Vol I Library has done nothing to peak the interest among Reformed (Particular) Baptists. I have had a few suggestions that I should build a library that would be Baptist friendly and that would also be an alternative to the Puritan Hard Drive. In other words, several folks have told me that I should build a library that would require the selling of a hard drive for Reformed (Particular) Baptists.

This was my goal. My goal was to build a library that was Baptist friendly and also a library that was so big that it would have to fit on a hard-drive. However, since releasing The Baptist Library Vol I. I have sold absolutely no copies. My posts have been shared on Facebook, Reddit, Tumbler, Youtube, Linkedin, and this blog. I have also had my post shared in several Facebook groups that are centered on Reformed Baptist Theology.

With 350 Cd’s ready to ship, but no buyers of said Cd’s, I have stopped thinking about a library for Reformed (Particular) Baptists and have started concentrating on how I will pay my bills. So for the time being, all work has ceased and it looks like I will be going back out on the road driving a big rig.

Now I don’t mind working and I love truck driving, however, I also love trying to build a library that will equip saints for the ministry of spreading the gospel. This is my number one goal in life and that is to develop something that will aide people in their study of the Bible and in making them more knowledgeable in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So my heart is divided. I want more than anything to put that drive together, yet I also have to provide for my household. Seeing that a labourer or worker is worthy of his hire, no matter if he has a secular job, or if he is in the ministry of equipping the saints, then whatsoever he does ought to provide for his household. With that said, I have come across many a website that claims one should not make money or be paid for their work in the things of God. This is simply not true. Scripture is plain that a minster is worthy of his hire and that ministry ought to provide for the necessities of this life.

Once I go back out on the road everything will continue on here at Reformedontheweb as usual. I have placed enough post in scheduled post mode, so that I don’t have to touch this blog for several months. However, as I have time, I will log into this site and answer questions, moderator comments, and pre-schedule some more post.

The Baptist Library Vol I will still be available for purchase while I am gone. This includes all individual collections as well. My wife will ship out the orders while I am on the road.

Thank you to all those who have followed this blog over the past 9 years.

Sincerely,

Hershel L Harvell Jr.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 207

TO VARIOUS FRIENDS

To [Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller].

NIGHTINGALE LANE, June 30, 1877.

DEAR FRIENDS,—

We are both bound to be in Scotland upon the joyful occasion of Aug. I, but we are grateful for your kindness in asking us, and we wish for the bride and bridegroom a mint of blessings, and for the friends on both sides the favor of the Lord.

We shall hope to remember the happy couple at the time, though we hope to be among the Islands of the Northern Sea.

Yours heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON.

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 206

TO VARIOUS FRIENDS

To [Rev. Newman Hall, LL.B.].

WESTWOOD, July 4, 1888

MY DEAR FRIEND, —

I have only just heard that to-day is your anniversary. I congratulate you, and I pray that you may have a right good day. If I had been well enough, I would have accepted your invitation, you may be quite sure. I thank you and your friends for many kindnesses received by way of help in my hour of sickness. The Lord bless you who preached, and the people who spared you! In these days, we are two of the old school. Our experience has taught us that, both for conversion and edification, the doctrine of Christ crucified is all sufficient. A childlike faith in the atoning sacrifice is the foundation for the purest and noblest of characters. As the hammer comes down on the anvil ever with the same ring, so will we preach Christ, Christ, CHRIST, and nothing else but Christ.

Our friends leave us for the suburbs, but I trust the Lord will raise up around us another generation of faithful men. God bless those attached brethren who stick to us, and bear the brunt of the battle with us! I feel a deep gratitude to all such, both at the Tabernacle and at Christ Church. To you I desire continued health and joyous communion with God.

Yours very heartily,

C. H. SPURGEON

Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 205

TO VARIOUS FRIENDS

To [Rev. Newman Hall, LL.B.].

MENTONE, Jan. 20.

BELOVED BROTHER, —

Your love allows brevity. Thank you. I am arising from stupor to pain, from pain to intervals of ease, from coughing hard to a weak voice, from writhing to wriggling about in an initial style of walking with a chair for a go-cart. I have had an escape which makes me shudder with gratitude. Here is a man who knocked out his teeth and yet did not cut his flesh, and turned over twice so completely as to put his money into his boots. Something of the comic attends solemnity when I am in the midst of it. I have not lost a grain of peace or even of joy, yet I pity a dog that has felt so much in all his four legs as I have had in one. All is well. I shall be home soon.

Yours most lovingly,

C. H. SPURGEON.