Spurgeon vs. Hyper-Calvinism

The Battle For Gospel Preaching

Weight 0.52 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.4 × 0.45 in
ISBN 9781848710979

19th Century, Salvation, Historical Theology



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Jun 1, 1995


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C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) is best-remembered today for the remarkable ministry he exercised in London during the Victorian era. His influence was incalculable. Thousands listened to his preaching every week. While hundreds of thousands throughout the world later read his sermons in published form. A man of great natural gifts, charm and wit, Spurgeon’s master passion was evident in everything he did – to preach Jesus Christ to all as the only Saviour. But as early as 1855 this brought him into a serious and prolonged doctrinal controversy with Hyper-Calvinism By tracing this conflict, exploring the issues involved in it and showing what was at stake in them, Iain Murray underlines the contemporary relevance and importance of sharing Spurgeon’s convictions.

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Preface ix
1 A Life of Testimony to the Word of God 3
2 An Impression of Spurgeon in Early Years by F. Curtis 27
3 The Combatants and the Cause of the Controversy 33
4 The Case Against Spurgeon 45
5 Spurgeon’s Fourfold Appeal to Scripture 59
6 The Aftermath 89
7 Lessons from the Conflict 97
8 Two Illustrations — John Gill and William Huntington 111
9 The Warrant of Faith — John Brown 125
10 Free-Agency and God’s Desire for the Salvation of All — T J Crawford 129
11 A Crucial Text — C H Spurgeon on 1 Timothy 2:3, 4 135
12 The Injury Done by Hyper-Calvinism and Antinomianism— Words of Witness from Spurgeon 141
A Diagram of English Baptist History by Robert W Oliver 145
Index 149

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  1. Joshua J. Mills

    Every Minister of the Gospel must read this book. Iain Murray helpfully gets to the core of true, biblical, gospel preaching. The preacher must be a man who longs to see saints sanctified and sinners saved.

    This book has been both instructive to my preaching and stirring to my soul. Spurgeon said, “We can never expect God to bless our ministry from r the conversion of sinners unless we preach the gospel as a whole… If I preach as he would have me preach, he will certainly own the word; he will never leave it without his own living witness… How many there are kept in bondage through neglect of gospel invitations.”

    I pray that this book will sharpen the preaching of many men, and that the Lord would be pleased to use this book for the salvation of sinners.

  2. Matthew T. Connolly

    Murray pulls together Spurgeon’s convictions on preaching the gospel to all people, and exposes the reader to the debate on this doctrine in the early days of Spurgeon’s ministry. Spurgeon, in line with Andrew Fuller and Scripture, argued that all are duty-bound to believe in Christ. His hyper-calvinist brothers rejected this doctrine as an innovation of Fuller and a perversion. However, Murray shows that the hyper-calvinists were the innovators, and in there rejection of Spurgeon’s teaching were both departing from Scripture and from the Puritans they claimed as their predecessors. This book will be helpful not only for those interested in Spurgeon, but for all of us trying to come to a better understanding of Scripture. Sometimes in our efforts to make all biblical statements fit together in ways we understand, we forfeit biblical truth. Spurgeon tells us we must first be biblical, and if we run up against two doctrines we struggle to fit together, we must be consistent with Scripture rather than with our own imperfect understanding. A must read.

  3. Blake

    The sovereignty of God and man’s responsibility; J.I. Packer introduced me to this concept, but Iain Murray, through this book, got it in my bloodstream. What a book!

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