“The danger lies, at this
time, in setting up theatricals, semi-theatricals, concerts, and so
forth. Until I see that the Lord Jesus Christ has set up a theatre, or
planned a miracle-play, I shall not think of emulating the stage or
competing with the music-hall. If I mind my own business, by preaching
the gospel, I shall have enough to do.”
An All Round
Ministry [Banner of Truth], p. 274.
"If God so willed it we could live without bread, even as Jesus did for
forty days; but we could not live without His Word. By that Word we were
created, and by it alone can we be kept in being, for He sustains all
things by the Word of His power.
"Bread is a second cause; the LORD Himself is the first source of our
sustenance. He can work without the second cause as well as with it; and
we must not tie Him down to one mode of operation. Let us not be too
eager after the visible, but let us look to the invisible God. We have
heard believers say that in deep poverty, when bread ran short, their
appetites became short, too; and to others, when common supplies failed,
the LORD has sent in unexpected help.
"But we must have the Word of the LORD. With this alone
we can withstand the devil. Take this from us, and our enemy will have
us in his power, for we shall soon faint. Our souls need food, and there
is none for them outside of the Word of the LORD. All the books and all
the preachers in the world cannot furnish us a single meal: it is only
the Word from the mouth of God that can fill the mouth of a believer.
LORD, evermore give us this bread. We prize it above royal dainties."
C. H. Spurgeon, The Checkbook of Faith