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Charles Spurgeon: Prince of Pretenders
 Spurgeon Gave the Holy Spirit the Interfaith Title "The Good Spirit"

Charles Spurgeon often assigned titles and names to God—the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit—that are not in the Bible. In the sermon excerpt below, he gave the Holy Spirit the title: "the Good Spirit":

"Nehemiah spoke of the Spirit of God as 'the Good Spirit.' So He is. He is the very essence of goodness, taking goodness in the sense of benevolence. He is good to men, full of generous love towards them. We read of “the love of the Spirit.” Sweet words!"

("A Gospel Promise" #3519 Italics in the original)


Contrary to Charles Spurgeon's statement, Nehemiah did not give the title, "the Good Spirit" to the Holy Spirit.

The title, "the Good Spirit" is not found in the King James Bible.

The phrase "thy good spirit" is found once in the Old Testament book of Nehemiah.

In this verse, Nehemiah is speaking to God about something that God gave—thy [your] good spirit:

"Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct them, and withheldest not thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst." Nehemiah 9:20

"Thy good spirit" is not a name or a title. Nehemiah was telling God that he gave his good spirit to instruct them.

Charles Spurgeon replaced "thy" with "the" and added capitalizations in order to turn "thy good spirit" into the interfaith title, "the Good Spirit"!
 
Nobody, not even Charles Spurgeon has the right to create a title for God (that is adding to the Bible) but that is what he did—and he did this in many sermons. In this case He changed "thy good spirit" into the unbiblical title, "the Good Spirit," and gave this title to the Holy Spirit!

The Holy Spirit is a specific, biblical term and only applies to the God of the Bible.

"The Good Spirit" is an inclusive title and spans many religious belief systems.

The Good Spirit/good spirit is the spirit of:

Theosophy (Luciferianism), Freemasonry, Shamanism, Gnosticism, Cabala, Witchcraft/magic, Mormonism, Unification Church, Zoroastrianism, and more.



Also see: Charles Spurgeon: Prince of Pretenders Index of Articles

 

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