You have perhaps heard the story of Spurgeon, the great pastor in the 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.”

– Mark Dever, 9 Marks of a Healthy Church (Crossway, 2004), p.104.

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  1. Bart says:

    Dever has the story a little confused. Spurgeon told the story, but it was about Rowland Hill, not himself:

    A man picked himself up from the gutter, and rolled up against Mr. Rowland Hill, one night as he went home, and he said, “Mr. Hill, I am pleased to see you, sir. I am one of your converts.” Rowland said, “I thought it was very likely you were. You are not one of God’s converts, or else you would not be drunk.”


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