Charles Haddon Spurgeon

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) was England's best-known Baptist preacher for most of the second half of the nineteenth century. Charles SpurgeonHe was converted to Christianity in January 1850.  In 1854, at the age of 20, he became pastor of the New Park Street Church in Southwark (London). As his fame grew among the Christian community of England, the number of people who came to listen to him speak in different venues exceeded 10,000 at times. From 1861 to 1891, he preached in the specially-erected Metropolitan Tabernacle, which seated 6000.  Associated with the Tabernacle were a Pastors' College which trained nearly 900 men before Spurgeon's death.  Many of the great theologians and preachers of the last century such as D. L. Moody, J. Hudson Taylor, J. C. Ryle, F. B. Meyer, the Bonar brothers, George Muller, and William Robertson Nicoll have said that Spurgeon greatly influenced their spiritual lives.  In 1887, he left the Baptist Union during the "Down-grade Controversy."  He claimed that some Baptist ministers were relaxing their grasp of vital doctrines. He injected his playful humor, common sense and gift for epigram, or witty sayings,  into all his numerous works, which included an extended commentary on the Psalms, The Treasury of David.  His sermons were published weekly until 1917.  He was the most popular and the greatest preacher of his age.  Charles Spurgeon died in 1892.  


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