When I am preaching to sinners, I feel inclined always to beg everyone of them . . . . there is not a sinner in the whole world who is to be told that he may not come to Jesus and receive the whole blessings of the gospel. What a blessing to have a free salvation to preach. While I see clearly the doctrines of distinguishing [sovereign] grace, I see also the universality of the gospel commanded.

A sister has written to me, saying that even if I believe in election, she would prefer I not preach on it, but rather just keep it in my own mind and get comfort from it for myself. I do not know who this friend is, for she forgot to put her name on her letter. But I would like her to know that I cannot accept her idea for a moment. I hope no earthly power could bring me to do that, not even an anonymous letter from a good lady. Everything that I believe to be in God’s Word, I shall preach, whether my hearers accept it or not. We must preach all the truth; this one thing is certain—we shall never give up loving the souls of men or cease trying to bring in the lost from the highways and hedges. We shall throughout life echo that blessed call of our Lord Jesus: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” If they do not come to Jesus, their blood shall be upon their own heads, for the invitation is as free as the blessing is full. The gospel trumpet rings out clearly over hill and dale: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come’; and let him that is athirst, come; and let him that heareth say, ‘Come’; and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” We cannot make men come—that is the work of the Holy Spirit. But we can persuade them by the love of Jesus and by the terrors of the Lord. We can preach Christ to sinners, even if we cannot preach sinners to Christ.

– C. H. Spurgeon

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