An Apocryphal Story of Spurgeon, Holiness & Milk

kinnon —  November 30, 2012 — 6 Comments

I’m not sure where I first heard this story. And I really can’t confirm the main characters. Though I remember Charles Spurgeon as the protagonist — without any Googleable proof, unfortunately.

But.

The apocryphal story goes like this:

Spurgeon was at a conference with many people of different denominations. One of those people was a man quite taken with the holiness movement.

Pitcher of Milk shadow

In fact, he professed to actually having achieved holiness. And he kept referring to this throughout the many days of the conference.

Finally, at breakfast on the last morning, Spurgeon took a full pitcher of milk and poured it over the holiness fellow’s head. The man screamed at Spurgeon, “You idiot, why would you do this to me!”

To which Spurgeon replied, “I was simply testing your theology, good sir.”

My memory of this story prompted by Mark Galli’s review of a book I doubt I will ever read.

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Apocryphal — of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated

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6 responses to An Apocryphal Story of Spurgeon, Holiness & Milk

  1. Perhaps it would be much wiser to reach for one of Robert Farrar Capon’s books with an emphasis on grace.

  2. Damn “holiness” shait…don’t he know holiness is a mystery, not a commodity??

    ;p)

  3. Just so! Would that we had more milk-poor ears in the Body of Christ in this wicked and rebellious age!

  4. Just so! Would that we had more milk-pourers in the Body of Christ in this wicked and rebellious age.

  5. Sorry, Bill; that first one was an iPad-induced typo. though you gotta admit, “milk-poor ears” has a certain ring to it.

    SMG

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