Plagued With Certain Mrs. Grundy's


      A little old lady had for many years been a source of slander and division in the church she attended. She had consistently caused heartache for every pastor. Typically, it did not take too long for her to get into an argument with the new pastor. The pastor thought he would never see her again. However, she showed up for the church service the next Sunday with her usual arrogant attitude. “I thought you would be gone for good,” he said to her. “Pastor,” she spouted, “I’m going to be loyal to my church, even if the devil is in the pulpit!”1

      In 1 Corinthians 11:16, Paul spoke of those who are “disposed to be argumentative and contentious.” “Philoneikos (only here in NT) is an adjective compounded of philos... ‘loving,’ and neikos...‘strife.’ So it means ‘fond of strife,’ or ‘contentious.’ Unfortunately, most churches have some who are fond of strife, who, as we say, would rather argue than eat.”2

      The late Charles Spurgeon, renowned pastor of Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, England, speaking to his “Pastor’s College” students, warned, “Every church, and, for that matter, every village and family, is plagued with certain Mrs. Grundy’s, who drink tea and talk vitriol.”3


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  1. A Treasury of Humor, Clyde Murdock, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, Copyright 1967, “Appreciate Your Loyalty”
  2. Word Meanings in the New Testament, Ralph Earle, Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., P. O. Box 3473, Peabody, MA, 01961-3473, Copyright 1974, p. 234
  3. Lectures to My Students, The Pastor’s College, Metropolitan Tabernacle by C. H. Spurgeon, Old Time Gospel Hour, Lynchburg, VA, Lecture 9, p. 166