Thursday, July 05, 2007

Spurgeon a Cause of Revived Reformed Theology?

Brother Bob Ross is understandably concerned about a reference to the revival of Reformed theology being linked to Spurgeon's sermons. In this article, Brother Bob sets the record straight.



Bob to Charles

I have just read an item on Mark Dever's blog which falsely alleges that Pilgrim Publications' (of which I am founder and director) reprinting of Spurgeon's sermons is responsible for the "prominence of reformed theology among the young in the American evangelical scene."

I want to thank you again, Charles, for your generous use of my posts on your blog whereby I can make the effort via the Internet to distinguish Spurgeon's name and teachings from the aberrant "Reformed" or Hybrid Calvinism of the likes of Mark Dever, the Founders, and the "Reformed Baptists."

I utterly repudiate the allegation that Spurgeon's sermons have promoted what Dever calls "reformed theology." Spurgeon did hold to creedal Calvinism, but "reformed theology" is Hybrid Calvinism, not creedal Calvinism.

Spurgeon is only used by such Hybrid groups in a piecemeal manner whenever they perceive something from Spurgeon can ostensibly serve their cause -- just as Dever has done on his blog. Spurgeon cannot be rightly used to justify the decadent and aberrant "Calvinism" which prevails in these groups.

For example, we have shown how Spurgeon view on child conversion is in effect repudiated by Mark Dever. We have also demonstrated that Spurgeon was not opposed to aggressive methods of urging and securing public "decisions for Christ." We have shown that Spurgeon was not a Hybrid Calvinist who taught "born again before faith."

We have also shown that Spurgeon was the friend and promoter of D. L. Moody's evangelism in Great Britain, and had Moody preach at the Tabernacle, whereas Moody is generally excoriated by modern "reformed" advocates as "Arminian."

I just wanted you to know, Charles, that your blog is a blessing in this matter of my having the privilege of vindicating Spurgeon's good name and his teachings.


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