I should have told you that I was as religious a man as ever lived in Newington, and as good a man, certainly, as ever formed part of any congregation

One brother, when he was giving his testimony before being baptized, said: ‘The first time I came to hear Mr. Spurgeon in the Tabernacle, if you had asked me about myself, I should have told you that I was as religious a man as ever lived in Newington, and as good a man, certainly, as ever formed part of any congregation; but all this was reversed when I heard the gospel that day. I came out of the building with every feather plucked out of me. I felt myself the most wretched sinner who could be on the face of the earth, and I said, “I will never go to hear that man again, for he has altogether spoiled me.” But that was the best thing which could have happened to me; I was made to look away from myself, and all that I could do, to God, and to His omnipotent grace, and to understand that I must pass under my Creator’s hand again, or I could never see His face with joy. I learned to loathe my own righteousness as filthy rags, fit only for the fire, and then I sought to be robed in the perfect righteousness of Christ.’

Charles Spurgeon, Autobiography, Vol.2

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