The Accursed City

Cursed be the man before the Lord, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho. — Joshua 6:26

By Charles H. Spurgeon [1834-1892]

Since he was cursed who rebuilt Jerico, much more the man who labours to restore popery among us. In our fathers' days the gigantic walls of popery fell by the power of their faith, the perseverance of their efforts, and the blast of their gospel trumpets; AND NOW THERE ARE SOME WHO WOULD RE-BUILD THAT ACCURSED SYSTEM UPON ITS OLD FOUNDATIONS. O Lord, be pleased to thwart their unrighteous endeavors and pull down every stone which they build.

It should be a serious business with us to be thoroughly purged of every error which may have a tendency to foster the spirit of popery, and when we have made a clean sweep at home we should seek in every way to oppose its all too rapid spread abroad in the church and in the world.

This last can be done in secret by fervent prayer, and in public by decided testimony. We must warn with judicious boldness those who are inclined towards the errors of Rome, we must instruct the young in gospel truth and tell them of the black doings of popery in olden times. We must aid in spreading the light more thoroughly through the land, for priests, like owls, hate daylight.

Are we doing all we can for Jesus and the gospel? If not, our negligence plays into the hands for priestcraft. What are we doing to spread the Bible, which is the Pope's bane and poison? Are we casting abroad good, sound, gospel writings? Luther once said the devil hates goose quills, and doubtless he has good reason for ready writers by the Holy Spirit's blessing have done his kingdom much damage. If the thousands who will read this short word will do all they can to hinder the rebuilding of this accursed Jerico, the Lord's glory shall speed among the sons of men. Reader, what can YOU do? What WILL you do?

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