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Calvinism and Evangelism, they go together like . . .,
This review is from: Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism: The Battle for Gospel Preaching (Paperback)
Hi, my name is David and I am a Calvinist (pause while the rest of the group says "Hi David.!")
Yes, I embraced the doctrines that have come to be known as "Calvinism" and it was not without a great struggle. I wrestled with the issues that many people wrestle with, God's sovereignty vs. man's freedom, sovereingty and the existence of evil, etc.. Some were thrilled when I embraced Calvinism and others were horrified. One of the most common complaints that I have heard about Calvinists is that we don't care about evangelism. There are some who aren't bothered by that charge, they figure that God is sovereign and he will bring in the elect with or without their help. There are others who are bothered by the charge and would strenuously object to it. But, many wrestle with the practical implications of Calvinism, specifically in the realm of evangelism. There are those who believe that to be passionate about evangelism is to compromise God's sovereignty.
This book shows that the two can and do go together. The only reason that a person should embrace what is called Calvinism is because they believe the Bible teaches it and if the Bible teaches it we must embrace it. And, if the Bible says that Christians have the responsibility to evangelize then we must embrace this as strongly as we embrace our Calvinism.
Spurgeon got in trouble with Calvinists because of his passion for evangelism and he got in trouble with Arminians because of his passion for God's sovereignty. But Spurgeon said that his goal wasn't to be a consistent Calvinist, his goal was to be consistent with the Scriptures. If the Scriptures teach God's sovereignty, we must affirm it. If the Scriptures teach that we must have a passion for evangelism, we must.
This book should be a challenge to complacent Calvinists who have rationalized away their obligation to evangelize by appealing to their views of God's sovereignty.
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Initial post: May 13, 2013 11:42:18 AM PDT
M H Heward-mills says:
David i don't know where you are but that you ...this is perfect.
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