Charles Spurgeon

Total Depravity

by Jason Moore on May 24, 2010

Objection is sometimes made to the doctrine of total depravity. If men turn away from God in anger, I can understand it. If men turn aside form God in justice, I can understand it. But when they so hate God that they will not even have his salvation, when they refuse pardon through the precious blood of Christ, when they will sooner be damned than reconciled to God, this shows that their heart is desperately wicked. The cross rejected is the clearest proof of the heart depraved.


“There is no way to heaven, whatever your hopes may be, but through Christ.

 There is no way to the gates of pearl but through the bleeding side of Jesus. 

These are the gates of paradise – these bleeding wounds.

If you would find your way to God’s bright throne, find first your way to Jesus’ cross.

 If you would know the way to happiness, tread in that path of misery which Jesus trod.


Attempt another way? 

Are you mad enough to think that you can rend the posts, and bars, and gates of heaven, from their perpetual places, and force your way in by your imagined strength?

 Or do you think to purchase with your riches and your gold a foothold in paradise? Fool! What is your gold where streets are made of it, and where the gates are solid pearl? — where the foundations are of jasper, and the walls whereof are precious gems? 

And do you think to get there by your merits? Ah! by pride fell the angels, and by your pride you have fallen. Heaven is not for such as you!”

– C. H. Spurgeon