27 February, 2006

Labels, Labels, Labels!

Charles Spurgeon is loved by many Baptists. He is by far one of the greatest Baptist preachers of all time. I think that this quote from Pastor Charles Spurgeon is one that would make many modern Baptists cringe. How could their beloved Spurgeon make such a comment? Spurgeon loved Christ and loved the Gospel and in this quote he tears through the labels and cuts at the heart.

"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. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation."
-Charles Spurgeon, Defense of Calvinism

9 comments:

Mr. Baggins said...

Amen and Amen!

Jonathan Moorhead said...

Great quote - linkworthy! I don't think I've seen that picture of him before either.

Mark said...

Good ol' Spurgeron... they just don't come like him anymore, eh?

Anonymous said...

Wisdom is known by her children. And those children were baptized, mind you.

Anonymous said...

By the way, good quote.

Penumbra said...

If he grew out the beard, he would'a made a good Santa Claus.

Nate said...

Of course, anon, we here at PRESBYTERIAN THOUGHTS, would reject some of the wrong teachings of Mr.Spurgeon such as: baptism views, church government, millenial view, etc. but as far as preaching salvation through faith alone by grace alone by Christ alone....he was right on!

Mark said...

Hmm... can't say as I'm familiar with his millenial views, but I've always liked his quote on the endtimes (apologies for the length) :

"David was not a believer in the theory that the World will grow worse and worse, and that the dispensation will wind up with general darkness and idolatry. Earth's sun is to go down amid tenfold night if some of our prophetic brethren are to be believed.

Not so do we expect! But we look for a day when the dwellers in all lands shall learn righteousness; shall trust in the Saviour; shall worship thee alone, O God, and shall glorify Thy Name! The modern notion has greatly damped the seal of the Church for missions; and the sooner it is shown to be unscriptural, the better for the cause of God. It neither consorts with prophecy, honours God, nor inspires the Church with ardour. Far hence be it driven!"

Observation... said...

Man Alive!
Spurgeon looks like a pudged-out Keanu Reeves!