|AS A CALVINIST DO YOU PREACH THE GOSPEL OF FREE CHOICE OR THE GOSPEL OF ELECTION?|
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your email. To answer your question. When I'm preaching, I preach the same Gospel that is proclaimed in the book of Acts.
I know that Dave Hunt has written a most uncharitable, and inaccurate, book denouncing Calvinism. But he is ill-informed. No one can accuse the prince of preachers, Charles Spurgeon of not being Evangelistic. When people asked him concerning his Theology, Charles Spurgeon responded that he would like to think of himself as a mere Christian, but then he added: “I'm never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist. I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist, but If I'm asked what my creed is, I reply, ‘it is Jesus Christ!’” I wholeheartedly concur with that.
Spurgeon also wrote: “The longer I live, the clearer does it appear that John Calvin’s system is the nearest to perfection.”
Spurgeon wrote: “It is no novelty, then, that I'm preaching: No new doctrine. I love to proclaim the strong old doctrines, that are called by the nickname Calvinism, but which are surely and verily the revealed truth of God as it is in Jesus Christ. By this truth I make a pilgrimage into the past, and as I go, I see father and father, confessor after confessor, martyr after martyr, standing up to shake hands with me… taking these things to be the standard of my Faith, I see the land of the ancients, peopled with my brethren; behold multitudes confess the same as I do and acknowledge that this is the religion of God's own Church.”
One of the most blessed and effective Evangelists of all time, George Whitefield, was a Calvinist, the Father of modern missions, William Carey, the best friend Africa ever had, Dr. David Livingstone, the author of Pilgrims Progress, John Bunyan, Matthew Henry, William Wilberforce, Sir Isaac Newton, Jonathan Edwards, and so many other faithful Evangelists have been Reformed.
Dave Hunt has not done the church a good service by introducing suspicions, divisions and hostility amongst those who should count themselves brothers in Christ.
D.L. Moody was Arminian, and yet he highly respect and esteemed Charles Spurgeon. They both responded to invitations to minister at one another’s meetings. George Whitefield was Calvinist and John Wesley was Arminian, yet despite this, they co-operated together and it was Whitefield’s request that John Wesley preach at his memorial service.
I am rock solid convinced of the Reformed position, but I co-operate with many who do not share this conviction and gladly call them my brothers in Christ.
Yours for the fulfilment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond