Charles Spurgeon Quote on Heathen

“Answering a student’s question, ‘Will the heathen who have not heard the Gospel be saved?’ thus, ‘It is more a question with me whether we, who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not, can be saved.”


Charles Spurgeon


2 thoughts on “Charles Spurgeon Quote on Heathen

  1. That dodges the question, and the question deserves a legitimate answer. Regardless, thanks for sharing the quote. Do you know what sermon it is from?

    Thank you,

    Will Spurgeon, distant cousin to Charles Hadden Spurgeon


  2. Will Spurgeon,

    Actually, Charles Spurgeon did no different than the Lord did many times in the NT or even in the OT.

    When Job complained that he was being treated unfairly, what was God’s response?

    Job 40:2 “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.” ESV

    Then in chapters 40 and 41 the Lord God precedes to show Job that he is asking the wrong question of the wrong person.

    Job responds by saying: Job 42:3 Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ESV

    Later in the NT the following passage occurs.

    Romans 9:20-24
    20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”
    21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honored use and another for dishonorable use?
    22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,
    23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—
    24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?


    So actually, I don’t think it was wrong to point out that the questioner has asked the wrong question.

    As to the source so far the oldest source I have for it is The Harmony of Ethics with Theology by Henry Ephraim Robins published in 1891, page 98. However, it is not footnoted. Nevertheless, Robins was a college president contemporary with Spurgeon. Hope that helps.

    Berean Wife


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