A Defence of Calvinism

It is a great thing to begin the Christian life by believing solid doctrine When people are always shifting their doctrinal principles, they are not likely to bring forth much fruit to the glory of God It is good for young believers to begin with a firm hold upon those fundamental doctrines which the Lord taught in his Word.
A Defence of Calvinism It is a great thing to begin the Christian life by believing solid doctrine When people are always shifting their doctrinal principles they are not likely to bring forth much fruit to the glory of Go

  • Title: A Defence of Calvinism
  • Author: Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • ISBN: 9780851519739
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “A Defence of Calvinism”

    1. I love how this book begins with Spurgeon making the point that it is important to be grounded with right doctrines and the right Gospel early on as a Christian. He even have a great illustration of this: “If a tree has to be taken up two or three times a year, you will not need to build a very large loft in which to store the apples.” With such an opening my interests for this booklet was perked.Technically this booklet wasn’t necessarily a point by point proof of the five point of Calvin [...]

    2. This book isn't so much a proper defense of Calvinism as it is Spurgeon's own reflections on why Calvinism in his opinion is true. Spurgeon goes back to the Word and back to history to show the progression of the doctrines of grace, and laments how the tides had shifted against the traditional reformed position. If anyone knows the Spurgeon's biography, you'll know he ended up having to defend Calvinism which caused terrible rifts even within his family. A great short treatise that is definitely [...]

    3. Scholar of great renownI am learning more every day about my faith in God. This book helps clear my mind and elucidate details that I would miss on my own. John Calvin is important to me. This book helps define matters .

    4. I found this work unconvincing and remain aligned with the Arminianism of John Wesley. Interestingly, Spurgeon says of Wesley, "while I detest many of the doctrines which he preached, yet for the man himself I have a reverence second to no Wesleyan;"Spurgeon, Charles H A Defense of Calvinism (Kindle Locations 182-183). . Kindle Edition.

    5. I love reading Spurgeon. He loves Jesus and he's so kind and gracious in urging people to repent and turn to Him. It's a short little book that is helpful in understanding what is called "Calvinism" but definitely not comprehensive on the subject at all.

    6. The Calvinism verses Armenian debate is one that has been waged for quite awhile and seems to be heating up lately. For the record, I lean towards Calvinism in my theology. If you are unfamiliar with the term, the five points of Calvinism can be summed up with the acronym TULIP:T: Total Depravity of Mankind – Sin has infected man to his very core. Our hearts, minds, and bodies are all affected by the disease of sin. Because of this, no effort of our own will can achieve salvation.U: Unconditio [...]

    7. "Well can I remember the manner in which I learned the doctrines of grace in a single instant. Born, as all of us are by nature, an Arminian, I still believed the old things I had heard continually from the pulpit, and did not see the grace of God. When I was coming to Christ, I thought I was doing it all myself, and though I sought the Lord earnestly, I had no idea the Lord was seeking me. I do not think the young convert is at first aware of this. I can recall the very day and hour when first [...]

    8. A short work that gives the reader a good introductory overview of the major tenets of Calvinism. Though it is called a defense of Calvinism, this work does not offer a strong Scriptural defense for Calvinism. Rather it presents Spurgeon's reflections on Calvinism with his personal assessment of why they must be so.Spurgeon concludes with a very high view of this theological system:"I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach [...]

    9. Beautifully written as only Spurgeon can and a good read no matter what your theological beliefs. But I will say, this is a beautiful description of the doctrines of grace and very expository on the topic as Sprugeon so often did. He just straight lays out the gospel in such a way that I don't see how someone could read this and not see gospel in every way!

    10. I don't really think the title truly describes what this booklet is about. It is actually a great primer of an EXPLANATION of Calvinism. If the structure was truly defensive in nature it would have more of the arguments against Calvinism and the rebuttals. This would actually be a good short recommendation for those that are in the beginning stages of struggling with this doctrine.

    11. This was a very thought provoking read for me. I found many statements that I either disagreed with strongly or mildly, or agreed with to both of these degrees. I will certainly continue testing these teachings against God's Word.

    12. This is a great short defense for the Calvinistic position. It is not exhaustive, nor does it try to be, but it does provide a reasonable defense for belief in God's sovereignty over man's salvation.

    13. A strong introduction to what's called Calvinism. Helpful read, regardless of where you fall on the subject.

    14. It was a thought-provoking read, but it's not so much what it says on the tin. It's more descriptive than a proper apologia. I'd recommend it as a brief introduction to Calvinism.

    15. Not going to lie, I had a hard time getting through this one. The number one thing I learned? I am SO not a Calvinist.

    16. Make me think about predestination in a new light. I am still not fully convinced on it, but the book brought up several good points.

    17. this defense of Calvinism (the doctrines of grace) was adapted from a larger work of Spurgeon. It is an okay defense, but there are many others out there that are much better and more readable: Pink, Calvin, MacArthur, Sproul, et al. there was one section I found surprising: he said that he believes there will be far more in heaven than in hell. I do not agree. I also do not understand how he reconciles that with Scripture which repeatedly says that many are on the broad path to hell and few fin [...]

    18. Spurgeon was a man that marveled at Gods glory. He knew that the scriptures provided the answers that he was searching for. Nobody brings it like Spurgeon. His defense (more of a statement of understanding) of Calvinism is clear and concise. He is able to attach logic to spiritual understanding and wisdom in this quick article. Definitely worth the read.

    19. Solid Convincing Defense of CalvinismA strong, concise defense of the Biblical doctrine of election through a conversational treatise of biblical and philosophical considerations. Definitely, a worthwhile read.

    20. Like all men, I was born an Arminian. Gold. A very brief explanation of election, grace, and the atonement communicated via Spurgeon's experience

    21. Assured me of convictionSpurgeon, a reformed baptist preacher, gives his personal testimony of the dubbed theology Calvinism, which I adhere to.His simple words are sufficient for readers looking into Calvinism as I once was, to understand that Calvinism is the gospel. Not a name-brand, type, or variation of the good news of Jesus Christ, but THE gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you Spurgeon for strengthening the faith that I have. Not in Calvin alone as a teacher, but most importantly the Master w [...]

    22. Spurgeon gives a great overview of the claims of Calvinistic doctrine. Spurgeon claims that the words: “Salvation is of the Lord” are “the epitome of Calvinism,” and this little book does a fine job of expanding on that simple, but deep, theme.

    23. A very short read (about 30 minutes), it is full of good stuff. As Spurgeon said, Calvinism is just a label used to sum up the message of salvation and grace found in the New Testament.

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