|Charles Spurgeon: Prince of Pretenders|
|Charles Spurgeon’s Occult Energy Doctrines: Life Force/Life-Force |
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), regarded by many as the greatest preacher of the nineteenth century, sometimes replaced God, the healing power of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit with life force.What is life force? Witches, Luciferians/Theosophists, New Agers, etc. regard life force as “the Universal Energy that gives life to all things.”(1) They believe and teach that life force gives life.Christians believe and teach according to Scripture, not occult doctrine. The Word (the Lord Jesus Christ) is the creator. Life is in him, not life force energy:In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)The Holy Bible says God “made the world and all things therein,” and that “in him we live, and move, and have our being.” (Acts 17:24, 28) Those who believe the Bible know that God–not life force–created all things:”For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:” (Col. 1:16) Life Force Energy Used in MagickLife Force Energy is also the power used in magick (2) “Magick is simply the act of directing Life Force Energy through the power of Will to effect change in the manifested Cosmos.” (3)Some names for life force energy are:Universal Life Force, vital force, healing force, elemental energy, Aka, Prana, Chi/Qi/Ki, psychic healing, biofield, Kundalini, Spirit Energy, Mana, divine energy, Orgone, animal magnetism, paraelectricityAll supernatural power comes from the God of the Bible, or from Satan‘s kingdom. There is no other source of supernatural power. The power of life force energy is demons, although this fact is almost never stated plainly by those who teach about it and use it. The demons are alive (life) and they have the ability to do work by supernatural means (force) but they do not give life. Even while they masquerade as angels of light, they, like their master, Satan, come to kill, steal and destroy.Satan has always wanted to be “like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14) so it should not surprise us that he wants people to think that God does not give life and that the source of life is actually Energy of the Universal life-force kind. Interestingly, this energy (although many occult sources obscure this fact) is personal and wants to have a relationship with whoever will seek it.Satan’s life force/vital force energy doctrine, which goes by many different names and is found in witchcraft, world religions and pseudo-Christian cults, it is meant to replace the God of the Bible as the source of life, wisdom, power, healing, and eternal life.It is most revealing that Charles Spurgeon often replaced the ministry of the Holy Spirit with the energy of occultists: life force.Documentation below. At this writing, all urls are functional. Spurgeon’s Preaching With Life-Force/Life Force
Christ pours his Life-Force into ChristiansThe Bible: The gift of the Holy Ghost was poured out. “And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 10:45Spurgeon preached that Christ poured his life-force into Christians in order to make them grow and bear fruit:”As Christ pours his life-force into us, He makes us grow, to the praise of the glory of His grace. Fruit-bearing is the ultimate end of our union to Christ. We are one.” (4)A “Christ” who pours life force energy into his followers is the anti-Christ of the New Age/One world church. God placed Life-Force into ChristiansThe Bible: God has given unto us his Holy Spirit: He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit. (1 Thess. 4:8)Spurgeon preached that God placed life-force within you, which cannot be exhausted:”There is a living well within you springing up, use the bucket, then, keep on drawing, you will never exhaust it, there is a living source within. Continue to struggle, you will not exhaust the life-force which God has placed within you.“(5) To Find Truth May Be a Life-Force to UsThe Bible says: To find the truth is eternal life: (Jesus said) “I am the way, the truth and the life: No man cometh unto the Father, except by me.” (John 14:6)
Spurgeon: to find truth and believe it may be a life-force to us:”Since we aspire to honorable and useful lives, we seek a positive force which will bear us onward and upward. Those who prefer to do so may doubt, and doubt, and doubt to the dregs of nothing, but our choice is to find truth and believe it, that it may be a life-force to us.“(6)
Life-Force Sustains Tree’s Trunk and BranchesThe Bible says by him [Jesus Christ] all things consist. [are supported and maintained.] (Colossians 1:17)Spurgeon preached that life-force proceeds from the root by which it nourishes and sustains a tree’s trunk and branches:
“The root, again, is not only that which is vital to the tree, it is from the root that the life-force proceeds by which the trunk and the branches are nourished and sustained. There is hope for a tree, after it is cut down, that it shall sprout again at the scent of water.” (7) Spurgeon Weakened by a Waste of Life-ForceThe Bible says: “And a great multitude followed him [Jesus], because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.” (John 6:2) People were restored to health because Jesus healed them — not because he increased their life-force.Spurgeon: In reference to the weakening of his physical strength, said, “A great waste of life-force still weakens me.” Here he plainly revealed that he attributed his physical decline to the loss of life force:”I am far away in body, but not in spirit. I am a sick man physically, but in heart I am strong in the Lord. A great waste of life-force still weakens me, but it is not so great as it was, and HE who has spared my life will in his own right time spare me this weakening of my strength by the way. It is a great trial to be unable to preach in the pulpit, but it is no small comfort to be able to preach through the press.” (8) God Puts Life Force into Tiny CreaturesThe Bible: “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:17) By Jesus Christ, not life force, all things consist.Spurgeon: God puts life force into each part of the organization of micropscopic creatures so it can exist, grow, mature and enjoy life and transmit it (life force) to its successor.”For each of these infusorial creatures, so small as only to be observed beneath a strong microscope, God finds fitting food and puts life-force into each part of its organization so that it can exist, and grow, and mature, and enjoy life, and transmit it to its successor.” (9)
Life Force Causes a Man to Turn to GodThe Bible: The Holy Spirit causes us to love God: ” “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:5)Spurgeon preached: A life force is communicated unto a man which will cause him to forsake his sin and turn unto the Lord:”But go and proclaim the dying love of Jesus; tell them that free grace reigns, and that undeserved mercy saves the sinner through faith in Christ, and that the moment he believes in Jesus there is no condemnation to him, and you shall see miracles accomplished. In the experience of free grace you have something to work upon, you have put a new affection into the man, and it will drive out his base affections. A life force is communicated to him, which will cause him to forsake his old ways and turn unto the Lord.” (10) God Put the Life-Force into the SaintsThe Bible: the Holy Spirit sanctifies the saint: “But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” (2 Thess. 2:13)Spurgeon: God puts “the life-force” within the saint to make him think on heavenly things:
“In the next place, we know why we are going. We are going to Canaan because God has called us to go; He gives us strength to go, and puts the life-force within us that makes us tend upward towards the eternal dwelling place,the happy harbor of the saints!” (11) Lack of Comfort Mars the Life-ForceThe Bible: “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) Preventing the marring of life-force is not hinted at anywhere in Scripture.
Spurgeon: that if we are not comforted when faced troubles it will grievously affect the heart and “mar the entire life-force of our being”:
“However your house may be troubled, however your bodily frame may be troubled, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me.”Faith upholds the heart and enables the man to bear up under pressure, faith, I say and nothing else. I am sure, dear friends, you will clearly see the need that we should be comforted, because the lack of comfort will grievously affect the action of the heart and mar the entire life-force of our being.” (12)
The Sun Has Life ForceThe Bible: “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.” (Genesis 1:16)
Spurgeon: the sun has life force:
“We have had dealings with God, personal dealings with Him, as when the sun, though it is ninety-five millions of miles away, has commerce with the earth, and the bulbs that sleep beneath the black mold begin to swell and grow and, by-and-by, the yellow cup is held up to be filled with the light of the sun! There must be a sun, we know, because of all its warmth and genial glow, and the life force with which it charms the earth into the revival of spring.” (13)
Prana is another name for life force. From Sanskrit (occult) doctrine: “There are basically three major sources of Prana: the Sun, the Air and the Ground. It is believed that prana comes from the energy and “light” of the sun and connects all the elements in the known universe.” (14)
Where God is, There is Life-ForceThe Bible: “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, [that] the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? [there is] no searching of his understanding. Isaiah 40:28; “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37)
Spurgeon: that force and energy are with the Lord and that many bodies of Christians need this force. Where God is, there is life-force:”Force and energy are with the Lord. I fear that what many bodies of Christian people need is this force. Examine yonder religious body, it is huge, but it lacks muscle. It is a fine-looking organization, but soul, sinew, backbone are lacking. Where God is, there is sure to be life-force. When the Spirit of God descended upon the first saints, they began to speak with wondrous power. And though they were persecuted, they were not subdued. No bit could be put into their mouths to hold them in, for they went everywhere preaching the word. Of the true Israel it shall be said—“His strength is as the strength of the buffalo: it cannot be controlled or conquered.” (15)Christians need the filling of the Holy Spirit, not Satan’s “life-force,” which Spurgeon uses to replace the Holy Spirit in some of these citations. The “Great Life-Force” is in The ChristianThe Bible: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16)
Spurgeon preached, in the passage below, that the great life-force, is within the Christian:
“As to the regenerate, being men of a distinct race of beings, as much above man naturally, as man is above the brute beasts, that carnal men would scorn to acknowledge. They cannot make this out. How can they? It is a spring shut up; it is a fountain sealed. No, and the Christian himself,though he feels the throbbing of the great life-force within, though he feels the perpetual bubbling up of the ever-living fountain, yet he does not know what it is! It is a mystery to him.” (16) This is blasphemy! The Holy Spirit is within the Christian, not demons that pose as “life-force”! Spurgeon has “the great life-force,” throbbing within the Christian. The Great Life Force is the title for the Christ of Gnosticism, Buddha, Infinite Light in Kabbalah, and other occult religions.
Christians Work by the Power of Life-ForceThe Bible: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Phil. 2:13
Spurgeon: the Christian works for the Lord by the power of life-force (energy), which must not be wasted:
“You see there is fire, and there is light; but something extraneous and mischievous is at work, and it needs to be removed. If this is your case, you may well desire the Lord to snuff you, however painful the operation may be. Depend upon it, we have no life-force to spare, and everything which lessens our consecrated energy is a robbery of God.“(17)More blasphemy! God works in the Christian, not devils operating under the guise of “life force” that pretend to spiritually illuminate, heal, and more by the “goodness” of their hearts.
Life-Forces Depleted Due to ExhaustionThe Bible says nothing about life-force.
Spurgeon illustrated the occult belief of life-force energy being depleted due to physical exertion.
“Ministers are servants: they are not guests, but waiters; not landlords, but labourers. The word has been rendered “under-rowers”, men who tug at the oars on the lowest bench. It was hard work to row a galley; those rapid strokes consumed the life-forces of the slaves.” (18) Not Enough Life-Force to Serve Two MastersThe Bible is devoid of life-force doctrines but Jesus did say, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24Spurgeon: The Christian must be wholehearted in serving the Lord because he does not have enough life-force for two objects:”It is the duty of a steward to be devoted to the interests of his master; and if he forgets this for any other object, however laudable that object may be, he is not faithful. We cannot afford to let our lives run in two channels; we have not enough life-force for two objects. We need to be whole-hearted.” (19)
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2. Magic spelled with a “c” means “slight of hand” or stage magic that is mere illusion. Magick spelled with a “k” means magick done with evil spirits.
15. The Best War Cry Sermon #1709 https://www.spurgeongems.org/vols28-30/chs1709.pdf
16. A Secret and Yet No Secret sermon 431 https://www.spurgeongems.org/chsbm8.pdf