Spurgeon on Salvation–God’s Sovereignty

Spurgeon says, “If any man is saved, it is not because he willed to be saved. If any man be brought to Christ, it is not of any effort of his, but the root, the cause, the motive of the salvation of any one human being, and of all the chosen in heaven, is to be found in the predestinating purpose and sovereign distinguishing will of the Lord our God.” [vol 9, year 1863, 355], “The Minister’s Stock-Taking”

Quoted in Murray, Iain. The Forgotten Spurgeon. p. 84


Xem chi tiết: “Đức Chúa Trời và Sự Cứu Rỗi: Tín Lý Về Ân Điển Quyền Năng” (“God and Salvation: The Doctrines of Sovereign Grace”)

Baptists & Calvinistic Heritage


October 31 is Reformation Day, the day Martin Luther (1483-1546) nailed up his 95 theses. Thus, the five “solas” or “onlys” seem appropriate:


  1. Scripture Alone: Scripture alone as the authority for life and practice in the church. (Only Scripture; Latin: Sola Scriptura)


  1. Grace Alone: God’s sovereign grace alone as the reason for our salvation without any actual or potential human merit, effort, faith, or work. (Only Grace; Latin: Sola Gratia)


  1. Faith Alone: Justification by faith alone and no human works. (Only faith; Latin: Sola Fide)


  1. Christ Alone: Salvation through the Person and work of Jesus Christ alone. (Only Christ; Latin: Solus Christus)


  1. Glory of God Alone: All things ultimately for the glory of God alone. (Only God’s glory; Latin: Soli Deo Gloria)



Modified from…


“What do I mean by Reformed Baptist?”

By D. Wayne Layton http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5470b72ae4b0a5a150755676/t/5470c977e4b0b3e05f6912cc/1416677751659/reformedbaptist.pdf

Bad Protestant Theology: Weak God, Strong Man (part 2)

Fortunately the following views on election or Lordship are not what Baptists have historically believed nor what all believe today.

“Thus election is to both salvation and evangelism. In both the free will of man determines the final result. By free will men can elect to be saved but elect to be barren Christians. God forbid! Men can also elect to be both saved and fruitful Christians. In such lives the sovereign will of God and the free will of man find their divinely intended relationship (John 15:16).”

-Herschel H. Hobbs, What Baptists Believe, 1964

Bad Protestant Theology: Weak God, Strong Man (part 1)

“As sovereign, God reigns over all things. As lover, he seeks to restore a relationship with humans whom he created in his own image, but he cannot predetermine their response. Love is a spontaneous, mutual relationship between persons. We can show unconditional love to another person, but we cannot force a spontaneous response on his or her part. In his unconditional love, God foreknows those who will love him, but he does not predetermine that response.”

-Paul Hiebert, Transforming Worldview, pp 269-270

Evangelism and Calvinism

Confessions of Dort (Dordt)

Điều 1: Sự Lựa Chọn Thiên Thượng và Sự Hư Mất

Vì trong Adam mọi người đều đã phạm tội, bị rủa sả và đáng chịu chết mất đời đời, Thương Đế rất công bình nên tất cả mọi người phải bị hư mất và chịu đoán phạt bởi tội lỗi của họ gây ra, theo như lời các Sứ Đồ: Để chó miệng nào cũng phải ngậm lại, cả thiên hạ đều nhận tội trước mặt Thượng Đế (Rôma 3:19) và vì mọi người đều đã phạm tội, thiếu mất sự vinh hiển của Thượng Đế (Rôm 3:23). Vì tiền công của tội lỗi là sự chết (Rôm 6:23). {Bằng Tiếng Việt: Canons of Dordt}


Article 1: God’s Right to Condemn All People

Since all people have sinned in Adam and have come under the sentence of the curse and eternal death, God would have done no one an injustice if it had been his will to leave the entire ­human race in sin and under the curse, and to condemn them on account of their sin. As the apostle says: “The whole world is liable to the condemnation of God” (Rom. 3:19), “All have sinned and are deprived of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23), and “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23).

Ears, Listening, and Words: Undeceive our Confusion (Part 2 of 2)

“In the New Testament we are told, ‘He who has ears, let him hear.’ If the Bible urges us to use our ears, they must be important. Think of the frequent prophetic summons: ‘Hear the word of the Lord’ (e.g., Jeremiah 2:4). Go all the way back to the foundation of Israel’s faith: ‘Hear, O Israel’ (Deuteronomy 6:4). At least 394 times the Old Testament refers to the word of God coming to us.

“Why does this matter? Malcolm Muggeridge framed the question in his typically delightful way some years ago in his London Lectures in Contemporary Christianity. What is, instead of the Dead Sea Scrolls, we’d found the Dead Sea Videotapes? Would the difference matter? Would it matter if Biblical faith had been handed down to us in images rather than in words? Does the camera make the same impact as the pen? And Muggeridge argued that the camera deceives us. It makes us think we are seeing reality. But television, especially, brainwashes us with carefully edited fantasies. God encounters us meaningfully through words—words that illuminate, words that last, words that undeceive our confusion.”

-Ray Ortlund, Jr. Isaiah: God Saves Sinners. (Isa 50:4-51:8) p. 333.


Ears, Listening, and Words: Undeceive our Confusion (Part 1 of 2)

“Why do we have ears on the outside of our heads? Why not on the inside? Because we’re not supposed to listen to ourselves. I wonder how much of our misery stems from our almost religious devotion to our own thoughts and feelings. But that inner personal world where you and I live constantly—what relation does it bear to the atmosphere that the gospel creates? We spend every moment of our entire lives within a mental universe. The quality of that environment matters. Are our ears open to the in-flowing blessing of God? Do we understand what it means to listen to God?”

-Ray Ortlund, Jr. Isaiah: God Saves Sinners. (Isa 50:4-51:8) p. 333.


“Our will is locked and knit faster under the will of the devil than could an hundred thousand chains bind a man unto a post.


“Because . . . [by] nature we are evil, therefore we both think and do evil, and are under vengeance under the law, convict to eternal damnation by the law, and are contrary to the will of God in all our will and in all things consent to the will of the fiend.”


-Tyndale, Selected Writings, p. 37, 39

(John Piper sermon about William Tyndale, “Always Singing One Note—A Vernacular Bible“)