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  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Banner of Truth (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848710119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848710115
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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This volumn will make the sincere Christian's heart burn within them. I read this book early in my Christian life and it helped me greatly in understanding the value of developing strong convictions on scriptural doctrines. I have personally given out about one dozen copies of this fine book as gifts to encourage others in their growth in grace. Ian Murray does a fine job in showing Spurgeon, ever valiant for the truth, graciously opposing error in Christ's church and preaching Christ and biblical truth in a more faithful and powerful way than perhaps any other has in the history of the English language. Other than Holy Scripture, I can do no better than to recommend Spurgeon for your reading. This book deals in particular with controversies and doctrinal errors within the British Baptist Union, and the greater professing Evangelical church of the day. Spurgeon displays his love for God and his people by defending His Word, and exhorting His people to believe and obey it. This is perhaps my favorite Spurgeon biography and I heartily recommend it.
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This is easily my favorite biography of Spurgeon. Iain Murray covers the passion and beauty of Spurgeon's preaching which is so marvelous to read. He has a way of lifting you up and shaking you around, providing amazing illustrations, and then sending you off with encouragement.

But this aspect of Spurgeon's preaching is what everybody talks about. What nobody talks about, the Forgotten Spurgeon, is his passion for not only preaching, but also for doctrine. This book highlights Spurgeon's battles with Arminians, Hyper-Calvinists, baptismal regenerationists, and modernists. Spurgeon was a devoted Calvinist, and this book shows how centrally Spurgeon viewed Calvinism to his preaching. It was so important to him that he would fight tooth and nail over it, not giving in until confident of doctrinal purity. Spurgeon's doctrine is the forgotten Spurgeon. And this biography is noteworthy for pointing that out.

Recommended reading for learning more about Spurgeon, as well as for learning more about the doctrines of grace.
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Iain Murray's "The Forgotten Spurgeon" sheds light on the great nineteenth century English preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Having heard Spurgeon called "the prince of preachers" for most of my life, I was surprised to learn that he was a Calvinist. Murray's book helped me to realize that Spurgeon was a great preacher not merely because of his prodigious memory or his natural eloquence, but because of his strong convictions regard the gracious nature of salvation. I would recommend this book for all people, and particularly Baptists, who are struggling with the doctrines of election and predestination.
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For various reasons, I have felt the need of late to read about the "Prince of Preachers," none other than C.H. Spurgeon. One impetus is the rather recent trend of some Arminians to try and hi-jack Spurgeon in support of their cause. For example, Dave Hunt in the first edition of his book, _What Love Is This? Calvinism's Misrepresentation of God_, actually stated that Spurgeon not only denied Particular Redemption, but "unequivocally" so (cf. Hunt, 2002, p. 19). Hunt's laughable claim has since been rather easily dismantled elsewhere. A recent publication within my own faith community (which I will be providing a full response to in the months that follow) bears a remarkably similar tactic, alleging Spurgeon to be outside the pale of Calvinist orthodoxy at some junctures. Though it may be intuitively obvious to the Calvinist that such tactics are just that - tactics - still it is profitable to be familiar with the ministry of Spurgeon, one of the Christian Church's great servants.

With this in the back of my mind, I pulled from my bookshelf the other day Iain Murray's book, _The Forgotten Spurgeon_. Though some may be inclined to think this is a biography of Spurgeon , it clearly is not (cf. Murray, 1998, p. 5). _The Forgotten Spurgeon_ is an analysis of Spurgeon's thought and teaching (ibid.). Murray takes his readers through what he considers the three main controversies of Spurgeon's life: (1) Free-will, (2) Sacramentalism, and (3) Liberalism. The latter two are known as the Prayer Book and Down-Grade Controversies respectively. It should also be pointed out that these controversies are listed chronologically as they appeared in Spurgeon's public ministry.
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Charles Spurgeon is my favorite preacher of all time. His writings, sermons, and passion for God gives me hope that I too can pursue Jesus with all that is in me.

This book is a short biography of Spurgeon and it focuses on the end of his life with the Down-Grade Controversey as well as what happened to Spurgeon's church, Metropolitan Tabernacle, after his death. It is interesting to see that, despite his preaching and doctrinal teaching to his church, the church abandoned Spurgeon for new models in the early 1900's. Sadly, the church never has regained the prominence it had in London since the death of Charles Spurgeon.

For those who study church growth, this book is a great reminder that only God builds His church. Churches built by men are doomed for failure! When Metropolitan Tabernacle gave in to the spirit of the age (Moody, Torrey, Finney) then the church fell. We must never substitute God's presence for men's traditions (Mark 7:1-13). May the Church of God be faithful to once again proclaim, as Spurgeon so masterfully did, Christ alone and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).
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