Dever and Spurgeon on False Converts

Mark Dever, 9 Marks of a Healthy Church, 104.


The other problem, I have to confess, worries me even more: the problem of people who think they are converted when really they are not. Every pastor knows this problem as well. You have perhaps heard the story of Spurgeon, the great pastor in nineteenth-century London, who was walking down the street one day when a man who was drunken and leaning on the lamppost yelled out to him, “Hey, Mr. Spurgeon, do you remember me?” And Spurgeon replied, “No, why should I?” The man said, “Because I’m one of your converts.” To which Spurgeon responded, “Well, you must be one of mine; you’re certainly not one of the Lord’s.”