A Defence of Calvinism

In C.H. Spurgeon’s Autobiography (deel 1, 1898) staat een hoofdstuk getiteld ‘A Defence of Calvinism’. Lees het hier online.

The old truth that Calvin, Augustine and Paul preached, is the truth that I must preach today, or else be false to my God – C.H. #Spurgeon

Constant change of creed is sure loss. If a tree has to be taken up two or three times a year… – C.H. #Spurgeon

It is good for young believers to begin with a firm hold upon great fundamental doctrines which the Lord has taught in His Word #Spurgeon

I cannot, if I look ever so earnestly, discover any kind of reason in myself why I should be a partaker of Divine grace – C.H. #Spurgeon

When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself. I had no idea the Lord was seeking me – C.H. #Spurgeon

Our entrance into the world was not of our own will, but that God had then to choose for us – C.H. #Spurgeon

I believe the doctrine of election, because I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen Him – #Spurgeon

I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards – C.H. #Spurgeon

He must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find any reason in myself – C.H. #Spurgeon

I never knew one who could put his hand on his heart, and say: “I believed in Jesus without the assistance of the Holy Spirit” – #Spurgeon

I am bound to the doctrine of the depravity of the human heart, because I find myself depraved in heart – C.H. #Spurgeon

If God enters into covenant with sinful man, he is then so offensive a creature that it must be an act of pure, free, rich, sovereign grace

If anyone should ask me what I mean by a Calvinist, I should reply: He is one who says “Salvation is of the Lord” – C.H. #Spurgeon

I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays… (1/2)

…is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else – C.H. #Spurgeon (2/2)

God has a master-mind; He arranged everything in His gigantic intellect long before He did it; and once having settled it He never alters it

The Father’s love is not for a few only, but for an exceeding great company – C.H. #Spurgeon

I believe there will be more in Heaven than in hell. Because Christ, in everything, is to ‘have the pre-eminence’ – C.H. #Spurgeon (1/2)

I cannot conceive how He could have the pre-eminence if there are to be more in the dominions of Satan than in Paradise – #Spurgeon (2/2)

I have never read that there is to be in hell a great multitude, which no man could number – C.H. #Spurgeon

I rejoice to know that the souls of all infants, as soon as they die, speed their way to Paradise – C.H. #Spurgeon

If the doctrine be true, that He died for all men, then He died for some who were in hell before He came into this world – C.H. #Spurgeon

I wish to be called nothing but a Christian; but if you ask me, do I hold the doctrinal views which were held by John Calvin… (1/3)

…I reply: I do in the main hold them, and rejoice to avow it. But far be it from me even to imagine that Zion contains none but… (2/3)

…Calvinistic Christians within her walls, or that there are none saved who do not hold our views – C.H. #Spurgeon (3/3)

It is only my folly that leads me to imagine that these two truths can ever contradict each other. They are two lines that are so… (1/3)

…nearly parallel, that the human mind which pursues them farthest will never discover that they converge, but they do converge… (2/3)

…and they will meet somewhere in eternity, close to the throne of God, whence all truth doth spring – C.H. #Spurgeon (3/3)

I ask the man who dares to say that Calvinism is a licentious religion, what he thinks of the character of Augustine, Calvin & Whitefield

No doctrine is so calculated to preserve a man from sin as the doctrine of the grace of God – C.H. #Spurgeon

We care far more for the central evangelical truths than we do for Calvinism as a system – C.H. #Spurgeon (1/3)

But we believe that Calvinism has in it a conservative force which helps to hold men to the vital truth… – C.H. #Spurgeon (2/3)

And therefore we are sorry to see any quitting it who have once accepted it – C.H. #Spurgeon (3/3)

Those who hold the eternal verities of salvation, and yet do not see all that we believe and embrace, are by no means the… #Spurgeon (1/5)

…objects of our opposition: our warfare is with men who are giving up the atoning sacrifice, denying the inspiration of… #Spurgeon (2/5)

…Holy Scripture, and casting slurs upon justification by faith. The present struggle is not a debate upon the question of… #Spurgeon (3/5)

…Calvinism or Arminianism, but of the truth of God versus the inventions of men #Spurgeon (4/5)

All who believe the gospel should unite against that “modern thought” which is its deadly enemy #Spurgeon (5/5)

Did #Spurgeon believe Arminianism was in error? Absolutely. Did he believe it was damnable error? Absolutely not