Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Spurgeon's eschatology


The pamphlet published by Rose Publications entitled "Four Views of the End Times" will be corrected, according to an email which I received from the Editors of that company.

The original pamphlet had inaccurately categorized C. H. Spurgeon as holding to "postmillennialism" in his views on the endtime.

We sent an email article to our own mailing list about this error on February 6, 2008 entitled:


After checking further on this matter, Rose's Editors have sent us the following email. As has so often been the case, the untrustworthy sources of the error about Spurgeon's views involve Pedobaptists Iain Murray's and R. C. Sproul's writings. How many people have been mislead about Spurgeon by the Pedobaptists!

Here is the email from Rose:

Dear Mr. Ross,

Thank you for your message and for your patience as we researched our sources for the material.

The author's reference was based primarily on Iain Murray's classic text The Puritan Hope, as well as a statement in one of R.C. Sproul's books. As such, the sources were reliable sources. That said, after working through the primary source materials referenced by Phil Johnson on http://www.spurgeon.org/eschat.htm, it appears that Murray and Sproul were in error.

We have decided to delete Spurgeon’s name from the postmillennialist section. It is clear from the author, as it is from our own editorial perspective, that the original decision to include him there was based on proper research of reliable sources. We work hard making sure that our content is always well researched and accurate. But we recognize that even careful and thoughtful work can have flaws, so we are grateful to our readers who feel comfortable sharing their knowledge to improve our products.

Thank you for pointing out this important detail to us. We have made the necessary arrangements to correct it. We hope we can continue to serve you in the future. We wish God's continuous blessing on you and your ministry.

Sincerely in Christ,

The Editors
Rose Publishing, Inc.
4733 Torrance Blvd. #259
Torrance, CA 90503
webpage: www.rose-publishing.com

Here is our reply to the Editors at Rose Publishing:


Thanks for your kind reply and for your attention to correcting the pamphlet in regard to C. H. Spurgeon's views on Eschatology. This correction will probably spare us from having to reply to several inquiries in the future from those who would have been confused about Spurgeon's views.

In regard to Mr. Iain Murray, I regret to say that he has unfortunately often come short of being a very reliable source on Spurgeon's views.

Mr. Murray has a theological bias in favor of pedobaptist theology and practices, and I think perhaps that bias influences him to the extent that we have found it necessary to take issue with him on a number of items relating to Spurgeon, including --

(1) Murray's effort to represent Spurgeon as favoring the post-17th century pedobaptist view that a person is "born again before faith."

(2) Murray's idea that Spurgeon did not approve of the use of the "enquiry room" or public invitations -- [C. H. Spurgeon & the "Public Invitation System" -- Did He Oppose Its Use?; Was Spurgeon the Innovator of the Public Invitation?, A Reply to Murray's Anti-Invitation Booklet; Murray's Crafty Misuse of Spurgeon] -- see more articles at http://writingsofbobross.tripod.com/1toc1.html

See also -- Bob Ross: Spurgeon Misrepresented by Murray on the Down Grade Controversy.

Ever since 1969 when we began republishing Spurgeon's sermons and other works, we have had to furnish information about Spurgeon to several people in regard to Mr. Murray's unfortunate misunderstanding and misrepresentation of Spurgeon on certain matters.

We appreciate your integrity in regard to correcting the mistake in the pamphlet, and we hope it will have a wide circulation.

Yours Sincerely,

Bob L. Ross


At Tuesday, February 19, 2008 8:33:00 PM, Blogger Charles said...

Kudos to Rose Publishing for correcting their error!

If only The Flounders would do the same about their many misrepresentations of Spurgeon!


At Wednesday, February 20, 2008 12:29:00 AM, Blogger Bob L. Ross said...


Charles said:

If only The Flounders would do the same about their many misrepresentations of Spurgeon!

Bob to Charles:

Glad to see you back in action, Charles, even if on this small scale! Hope you will have some more comments as your time permits.

Regarding your comment -- Yes, and if the Flounders need any reminders of their many distortions of Spurgeon, I have a number of them duly marked in their floundering writings.

By the way, Charles, here's a quote from one of Spurgeon's own contemporary "preacher-boys" that you'll probably never find in any Flounders' material. I have often been asked where this is found:

"This breadth of heart was
revealed on another occasion when in his prayer at a Thursday evening service he [Spurgeon] dared to go far beyond his creed, and in his passionn for the souls of men cried, 'Lord, hasten to bring in all Thine elect -- and then elect some more.'"
-- W. Y. Fullerton, Charles Haddon Spurgeon--A Biography, page 153. London: Williams and Norgate, 1920.

Fullerton was one of the Evangelists sponsored by Spurgeon's Tabernacle Evangelists Society
and a frequent speaker at the Tabernacle.


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