Joseph Irons ( 1785-1852 ) was very influential in Spurgeon's life . They never met . But it was the penny sermons of Irons that helped to shape Spurgeon's own sermons . Spurgeon started preaching about a year after the death of Irons . " The Vineyard Song " [ Re. Matt. 15:13 ] " Every plant that my heavenly Father hath not planted , shall be plucked up . " Oh my soul , pause over this solemn statement , and ask how many an apparently flourishing plant will , by-and-bye , be plucked up to be fuel for the eternal burnings . ' Every plant that my heavenly Father hath not planted . ' Try it . Who planted you as a Christian ? Who planted you in your knowledge of the things of God ? Who planted you in Christian fellowship ? Who planted you in participation of external ordinances ? If it was not my heavenly Father , He will never own you . I introduce this just to mark , that this vineyard is so strictly and properly His own , that it is not only His of His own choice and protecting and fencing in , but His own also in the planting of it .