Monday, March 17, 2014

Calvinism is a Nickname

As I read through Volume I of Spurgeon's Sermons, I continue to find great insight from the Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon.  It's interesting to note that some members of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) are appalled at the rise of Calvinism within SBC churches today and think that Calvinism is somehow a new heresy being infiltrated into the SBC.  Once again, Reverend Spurgeon shows that there is nothing new under the sun from Sermon V titled 'Christ Crucified' preached on February 11, 1855:
"And I have my own private opinion, that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and him crucified, unless you preach what now-a-days is called Calvinism.  I have my own ideas, and those I always state boldly.  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, I think, can we preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the peculiar redemption which Christ made for his elect and chosen people; 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, after having believed.  Such a gospel I abhor.  The gospel of the Bible is not such a gospel as that.  We preach Christ and him crucified in a different fashion, and to all gainsayers we reply, 'We have not so learned Christ.'"
"But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God," (1 Cor. 1:23-24).