Brackney tells of Spurgeon’s involvement in the Downgrade Controversy, where he expressed concerned about the liberal positions held by those in the leadership in the Baptist Union.

[Spurgeon] declared that, theologically, the Union was ‘going downhill at breakneck speed.’ He noticed less veneration for the Scriptures, a lessening of the importance of Christ in Arian and Socinian tendencies, an emphasis upon the theory of evolution, the introduction of the New Theology in Baptist colleges, and a general belief in the evolution of the spiritual life from human nature. Additionally, he accused the Union of widespread ethical and moral lapses among its membership, such as increased theatre attendance, card playing, and dancing (Genetic History of Baptist Thought [Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2004], 154).