It is a shameful thing for a man to profess discipleship and yet refuse to learn his Lord’s will upon certain points, or even dare to decline obedience when that will is known. How can a man be a disciple of Christ when he openly lives in disobedience to Him?
If the professed convert distinctly and deliberately declares that he knows his Lord’s will but does not mean to attend to it, you are not to pamper his presumption, but it is your duty to assure him that he is not saved. Has not the Lord said, “He that taketh not up his cross, and comethafter Me, cannot be My disciple?” Mistakes as to what the Lord’s will maybe are to be tenderly corrected, but anything like willful disobedience is fatal; to tolerate it would be treason to Him that sent us. Jesus must bereceived as King as well as Priest; and where there is any hesitancy about this, the foundation of godliness is not yet laid… Do not be in a hurry to count these supposed converts; do not take them into the church too soon; do not be too proud of their enthusiasm if it is not accompanied with some degree of softening and tenderness to show that the Holy Spirit has really been at work within them… Do not number your fishes before theyare broiled; nor count your converts before you have tested and tried them [Charles Spurgeon, The Soul Winner (Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 1992), 24-25, 26].