Spurgeon VS Hyper-Calvinism

If you’re a Reformed Christian i would highly recommend that you read this short work by Iain. H Murray. It is very easy to fall into unbiblical extremes and Charles Spurgeon was well aware of this during his preaching ministry. 

I love this quote by Murray, “The final conclusion has to be that when Calvinism ceases to be evangelistic, when it becomes more concerned with theory than with the salvation of men and women, when acceptance of doctrine seems to become more important than acceptance of Christ, then it is a system going to seed and it will invariably lose its attractive power.”

As Biblical Calvinists may we learn from those who’ve gone before us.  Sell a shirt and read this short book this weekend, “Spurgeon V. Hyper-Calvinism: The Battle for Gospel Preaching.”

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on July 9, 2007 at 1:19 am

    Here is a response i wrote (concerning this post) with a friend of mine.

    Iain H. Murray is not trying to make a distinction between theology and faith. Obv. the substance of faith is belief in a fixed body of doctrine (Jude 3). Murray is simply saying that we ought to have our priorities straight. Evangelism is the central purpose of the church today. God has left us here to make disciples of lost sinners. To go and preach the gospel to all men.

    Spurgeon spent much of his life refuting Hyper-Calvinism and Arminianism. He understood the role sound doctrine and theology play in the Christian life. He just believed true Calvinism promotes biblical evangelism…When that ceases to happen, when we’re just out there debating fellow Christians, we have some problems that need to be fixed.

    As a young pastor Spurgeon is a great example to me of an Evangelical Calvinist.

  2. Another book added to my ‘must buy’ list! Thanks Caleb.

  3. I cannot understand your logic. Calvinism does not lead to evangelism but a pride of the “elect”. William Carey faced Calvinistic values and theology head on and this is what he was told, “‘When God pleases to convert the heathen, he will do it without your aid or mine!’..incidentally this is also a picture of Calvin’s Christ centered view;

    Four men who disagreed with Calvin on who should be admitted to the Lord’s Supper were beheaded,quartered, and their body parts hung in strategic locations in Geneva as a warning to others.

    He burned Michael Servetus (for rejecting infant baptism and for denying Christ’s deity). Calvin wrote about Servetus, “One should not be content with simply killing such people, but should burn them cruelly.”

  4. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on April 15, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Leo- You need to read this book because your facts are way wrong. Read Iain Murray’s short book (mentioned above) and then post me your thoughts.

    Hyper-Calvinism is the unbiblical position you’re destroying. No one at E.T. advocates Hyper-Calvinism because it wrongly interprets and applies Scripture.

    Please also check out J.I. Packer’s small book on Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God.

    I don’t have time to deal with the Calvin matter but many books have discussed the burning of Servetus. Context is everything and remember the best of men are still men at best.

    Grace and truth

  5. Posted by Leo Minnaar on November 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I want to add that this comment is one of excusing beahaviour and justify the unrighteous workings of men “remember the best of men are still men at best.”

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