Forgotten Spurgeon

Weight 0.86 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.4 × 0.7 in
ISBN 9781848710115

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19th Century, Doctrines of Grace, Pastoral Biography

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Feb 1, 1966

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‘First published in 1966, [The Forgotten Spurgeon] exploded on the playground of the evangelicals, awakening at least a portion of them to the real Charles Spurgeon – the man and his message.’ — ALBERT MOHLER

Book Description

This book seeks to throw light on the reasons which have given rise to the superficial image of Spurgeon as a genial Victorian pulpiteer, a kind of grandfather of modern evangelicalism. Even before his death in 1892 newspapers and church leaders disputed over the features of his life which entitled him to fame. Not his ‘narrow creed’ but his ‘genuine loving character’ was most worthy of remembrance said one periodical, echoing the general view. When Joseph Parker contrasted the hard Calvinism preached at Spurgeon’s Tabernacle with the praiseworthy Christianity exemplified in his orphanage, The Baptist protested that the man about whom Parker wrote ‘is not the Spurgeon of history’. But the distortion continued and Spurgeon forecast how the position he help might fare in years to come: ‘I am quite willing to be eaten by dogs for the next fifty years but the more distant future shall vindicate me’.

This book traces the main lines of Spurgeon’s spiritual thought in connection with the three great controversies in his ministry- the first was his stand against the diluted gospel fashionable in the London to which the young preacher came in the 1850’s; the second, the famous ‘Baptismal Regeneration’ debate of 1864; lastly, the lacerating Down-Grade controversy of 1887-1891 when Spurgeon sought to awaken Christians to the danger of the Church ‘being buried beneath the boiling mud-showers of modern heresy’.

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Table of Contents Expand ↓

Preface to Second Edition ix
Some Dates concerning Spurgeon xiii
Why ‘The Forgotten Spurgeon’? 1
1 The Preacher in Park Street 21
2 The Lost Controversy 47
3 Arminianism against Scripture 73
4 Arminianism and Evangelism 105
5 Church Issues Revived 123
6 The Down-Grade 147
7 The Down-Grade and Its Lessons 161
8 Free Grace and the Down-Grade in Perspective 177
9 ‘Though the Heavens Fall’ 205
10 The Aftermath at the Metropolitan Tabernacle 221
Appendix: An Open Letter 253
Index 265

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  1. Andrew Young

    An excellent book. Murray has researched his subject well. In this book he examines the three main issues which Spurgeon was in conflict with during the nineteenth century: the watered-down gospel that was being offered; the baptismal regeneration debate; the Down-Grade controversy.
    The different problems associated with each of these are examined in depth. Spurgeon’s pleas against these various trends of his day, largely fell on deaf ears, and Murray goes on to describe the various consequences that ensued. This includes a chapter describing what happened at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, where Spurgeon himself ministered, in the years following his death.
    Thankfully, today there are still churches which hold fast to the doctrines of grace which Spurgeon so faithfully proclaimed and stood for. I recommend this book. It is well written and very thought-provoking.

  2. Edward Wynn

    Hands down, the most outstanding Spurgeon biography on the market. Iain Murray does not disappoint with this engaging and interesting biography about the prince of preachers.

  3. Christopher Hume

    Iain Murray’s The Forgotten Spurgeon is as timely today as it was when published over 50 years ago. The evangelical world is familiar with the name of Charles Spurgeon, but do they understand the doctrines he preached? Do they understand the resistance he faced when declaring God’s sovereign grace? Iain Murray does a superb job of highlighting aspects of Spurgeon’s ministry that are often overlooked or ignored. The example of Spurgeon is needed in our day, as a new generation of preachers will be faced with the same temptation to prune the truth and blunt the sharpness of the great doctrines of the faith.

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