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Monday, January 28, 2008

A DEFENSE OF CALVINISM


By: C.H. SPURGEON
(an excerpt)

The late lamented Mr. Denham has put, at the foot of his portrait, a most admirable text, "Salvation is of the Lord." That is just an epitome of Calvinism; it is the sum and substance of it. If anyone should ask me what I mean by a Calvinist, I should reply, " He is one who says, Salvation is of the Lord." I cannot find in Scripture any other doctrine than this. It is the essence of the Bible. "He only is my rock and my salvation." Tell me anything contrary to this truth, and it will be a heresy; tell me a heresy, and I shall find its essence here, that it has departed from this great, this fundamental, this rock- truth, "God is my rock and my salvation." What is the heresy of Rome, but the addition of something to the perfect merits of Jesus Christ—the bringing in of the works of the flesh, to assist in our justification? And what is the heresy of Arminianism but the addition of something to the work of the Redeemer? Every heresy, if brought to the touchstone, will discover itself here. I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else.

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Ok Southern Baptist, did you get that suttle message from SPURGEON? Calvinism is the Gospel/Biblical truth… and “anything contray to this truth is a heresy”.

You just got to love Spurgeon...

4 comments:

John Lofton, Recovering Republican said...

Calvinistic site TheAmericanView.com

selahV said...

Greg, this has nothing to do with your post, but I have to say that the Post Script copied below cracked me up:

"P.S. If you take Mohler and replace the letters “hl” and “r” with the letter “s” you get Moses… (Mo__e_)."

Well placed and very funny. :)selahV

G. Alford said...

Selahv,

Thanks... I thought it was funny, but it would appear that Paul did not see the humor. It seams some people don’t have a since of humor when their arguments are falling flat…

Anyway, thanks for stopping by…

Anonymous said...

Excellent article, I wish the writers of our day were more like Spurgeon.

Paul W. Foltz DD