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