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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Humboldt, in his travels, observes, 'It seems remarkable that in the hottest as well as the coldest climates, people display the same predilection for heat. On the introduction of Christianity into Iceland, the inhabitants would be baptised only in the hot springs of Hecla; and in the torrid zone, in the plains as well as on the Cordilleras, the natives flock from all parts to the thermal waters.' The fact is not less noteworthy that men love spiritual warmth. Cold truth, even cold gospel truth, is never attractive. Ministers must be fervent, their spirit earnest, and their style energetic, or the many will not resort to them. Religion is a dish to be served hot; when it once becomes lukewarm it is sickening. Our baptism must be with the Holy Ghost and with fire if we would win the masses to hear the gospel.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Zeal'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/z/zeal.html. 1870.
the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26