Thinking Out Loud

January 1, 2016

How to Disagree Theologically

Filed under: blogging, doctrine — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:49 am

As another year kicks in which is sure to bring more heated doctrinal discussions online, or even among your circle of church friends and acquaintances, I can think of no better way to begin the year with the quotation.

You know, brethren, that there is no soul living who holds more firmly to the doctrines of grace than I do, and if any man asks me whether I am ashamed to be called a Calvinist, I answer, I wish to be called nothing but a Christian; but if you ask me, do I hold the doctrinal views which were held by John Calvin, I reply, I do in the main hold them, and rejoice to avow it. But, my dear friends, far be it from me even to imagine that Zion contains none within her walls but Calvinistic Christians, or that there are none saved who do not hold our views. Most atrocious things have been spoken about the character and spiritual condition of John Wesley, the modern prince of Arminians. I can only say concerning him, that while I detest many of the doctrines which he preached, yet for the man himself, I have a reverence second to no Wesleyan; and if there were wanted two apostles to be added to the number of the twelve, I do not believe that there could be found two men more fit to be so added than George Whitfield and John Wesley. The character of John Wesley stands beyond all imputation for self-sacrifice, zeal, holiness, and communion with God; he lived far above the ordinary level of common Christians, and was one of whom the world was not worthy. I believe there are multitudes of men who cannot see these truths, or, at least, cannot see them in the way in which we put them, who nevertheless have received Christ into their hearts, and are as dear to the heart of the God of grace as the soundest Calvinist out of heaven.

– C. H. Spurgeon, The Man With the Measuring Line

Sourced at Soteriology 101

3 Comments »

  1. Love it. Absolutely love it. I myself make no claim to be a Calvinist or otherwise. My view is that there is a “divine irreconcilability” to it all, so to take sides is futile, divisive, and inhibits exploring even deeper the depths of God’s unmerited grace. Of course, we are all free to disagree, right? ;-)

    Comment by Anthony Baker — January 5, 2016 @ 7:27 pm

    • “divine irreconcilability” — you need to copyright that.
      Feel free to expand it into a guest post here sometime.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — January 5, 2016 @ 7:36 pm

      • Copyright it? I wonder if that is possible? Hmmm. Just “thinking out loud” ;-)

        Comment by Anthony Baker — January 6, 2016 @ 9:21 am


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