(dangerous false teacher)
Devote follower of the murderer Calvin, who preached a false Grace message in the 1500's. Although Spurgeon never resorted to the awful tactics of his predecessor, he did promote the doctrine which has lead many into the fires of perdition by giving them a License to sin. Unfortunately he remains well-regarded as one of the greatest preachers of his time. His books and articles are still in massive circulation and he continues to deceive many into believing the lie of Calvinism. Following is just a brief example of his beliefs, ANY serious student of Scripture should be able to immediately discern how far off the mark he has strayed and identify him as another 'false teacher.'
And what is the heresy of Arminianism but the addition of something to the work of the Redeemer? Every heresy, if brought to the touchstone, will discover itself here. I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else”
“... Experience shows that the reprobate are sometimes affected in a way so similar to the elect that even in their own judgment there is no difference between them. Hence, it is not strange, that by the Apostle a taste of heavenly gifts, and by Christ himself a temporary faith is ascribed to them. Not that they truly perceive the power of spiritual grace and the sure light of faith; but the Lord, the better to convict them, and leave them without excuse, instills into their minds such a sense of goodness as can be felt without the Spirit of adoption .... there is a great resemblance and affinity between the elect of God and those who are impressed for a time with a fading faith .... Still it is correctly said, that the reprobate believe God to be propitious to them, inasmuch as they accept the gift of reconciliation, though confusedly and without due discernment; not that they are partakers of the same faith or regeneration with the children of God; but because, under a covering of hypocrisy they seem to have a principle of faith in common with them. Nor do I even deny that God illumines their mind to this extent .... there is nothing inconsistent in this with the fact of his enlightening some with a present sense of grace, which afterwards proves evanescent” (3.2.11, Institutes).
I believe there will be more in Heaven than in hell. If anyone asks me why I think so, I answer, because Christ, in everything, is to ‘have the pre-eminence,’ and I cannot conceive how He could have the pre-eminence if there are to be more in the dominions of Satan than in Paradise”
"Hence, even infants bringing their condemnation with them from their mother's womb, suffer not for another's, but for their own defect. For although they have not yet produced the fruits of their own unrighteousness, they have the seed implanted in them. Nay, their whole nature is, as it were, a seed-bed of sin, and therefore cannot but be odious and abominable to God. Hence, it follows, that it is properly deemed sinful in the sight of God; for there could be no condemnation without guilt" (2.1.8. Institutes).
"That Christ should offer an atonement and satisfaction for the sins of all men, and that afterwards some of those very men should be punished for the sins of which Christ had already atoned, appears to me to be the most monstrous iniquity that could ever have been imputed to Saturn, to Janus, to the goddess of the Thugs, or to the most diabolical heathen deities. God forbid that we should ever think thus of Jehovah, the just and wise and good!"
Calvinism is the Gospel! What about the Wholesome Words of Jesus Christ and the Doctrine which according to godliness? 1Tim6:3. What could be more monstrous than sending Infants to hell....when the Bible says they are Born innocent? (Deut1:39, Ecc7:29) Christ said FEW, he says MANY, it stands to reason why his gospel is based on a mountain of lies. Christ Himself said that He would have gathered all under His wing as a Mother Hen does her chicks, but YOU WOULD NOT! (Lk13:34-35) Clearly the Willingness of man is in play here, as the Prodigal Son coming to himself, rising up in the Pig Pen and going back to the Father! (Lk15:17-18)
On Free Will
...but free-will is simply ridiculous. The will is well known by all to be directed by the understanding, to be moved by motives, to be guided by other parts of the soul, and to be a secondary thing. Philosophy and religion both discard at once the very thought of free-will; and I will go as far as Martin Luther, in that strong assertion of his, where he says, "If any man doth ascribe aught of salvation, even the very least, to the free-will of man, he knoweth nothing of grace, and he hath not learnt Jesus Christ aright." It may seem a harsh sentiment; but he who in his soul believes that man does of his own free-will turn to God, cannot have been taught of God, for that is one of the first principles taught us when God begins with us, that we have neither will nor power, but that he gives both...First, we are all of us, by nature, legally dead— ...that in the day when your father Adam touched the fruit, and when you yourselves did sin, God, the Eternal Judge, put on the black cap and condemned you? ...in the day that Adam did eat that fruit his soul died; his imagination lost its mighty power to climb into celestial things and see heaven, his will lost its power always to choose that which is good, his judgment lost all ability to judge between right and wrong decidedly and infallibly, though something was retained in conscience; his memory became tainted, liable to hold evil things, and let righteous things glide away; every power of him ceased as to its moral vitality. Goodness was the vitality of his powers—that departed. Virtue, holiness, integrity, these were the life of man; but when these departed man became dead. And now, every man, so far as spiritual things are concerned, is "dead in trespasses and sins" spiritually.
Where is Proof of any of this in the Scriptures? If Adam was so effected by the fall that his Posterity was born dead in sin, it MUST be Clearly evident in the Bible. All the passages that speak of Spiritual death resulting from sin are connected with long practiced habit or inherited by tradition from your fathers. (Eph2:1-3, 1Pet1:18) If Adam lost his ability to Judge between right and wrong in the fall, HOW was Able born doing the right thing, wasn't he also depraved? How could he discern the difference between an acceptable offering to God and an un-acceptable one that his brother offered? And where did Enoch and Noah come from? The Bible says they Walked with God and were Righteous in their generation. If man was wholly incapable of Obeying God why did all the Prophets constantly beseech people to TURN from Sin, Forsake their evil ways, Clean up their act, Stop the evil of their doings? Remember, the Prodigal Son was DEAD in his sin when he came to himself and decided to return to the Father. Man's ability to Seek God remains intact! God has Done His part and is willing NONE shall perish. Under Spurgeon's Gospel, all perish!
Now, we being, by the fall of Adam, prone to guiltiness, and, indeed, virtually guilty, we were by the irreproachable judgment of God given up to the vengeance of the law… I am condemned to die. God says, "I will condemn that man; I must, I will—I will punish him." Christ comes in, puts me aside, and stands himself in my stead. When the plea is demanded, Christ says, "Guilty;" takes my guilt to be his own guilt. When the punishment is to be executed, forth comes Christ. "Punish me," he says; "I have put my righteousness on that man, and I have taken that man's sins on me. Father, punish me, and consider that man to have been me. Let him reign in heaven; let me suffer misery. Let me endure his curse, and let him receive my blessing." This marvelous doctrine of the changing of places of Christ with poor sinners, is a doctrine of revelation......The way whereby God saves a sinner is not, as some say, by passing over the penalty. No; the penalty has been all paid. It is the putting of another person in the rebel's place. The rebel must die; God says he must. Christ says, "I will be substitute for the rebel. The rebel shall take my place; I will take his." God consents to it. ...As soon as a repenting sinner is justified, remember, he is justified for all his sins. Here stands a man all guilty. The moment he believes in Christ, his pardon at once he receives, and his sins are no longer his; they are cast into the depths of the sea. They were laid upon the shoulders of Christ, and they are gone. The man stands a guiltless man in the sight of God, accepted in the beloved. ...so Christ takes our sins, we take Christ's righteousness; and it is by a glorious substitution and interchange of places that sinners go free and are justified by his grace.
Here's why this kind of message was so powerful in its time. Remember this is coming off the heels of the great Revivals of the early 1800's, the hell fire and brimstone preachers of old, who roamed the countryside frightening the people with God's Judgments. Now men like Spurgeon, Moody, Sunday come along with a user friendly message of God's love. Although they themselves believed that only the elect would be saved, they preached to all and counted the responders as among that number. Now your Past, Present and FUTURE Sins were forgiven in Christ! There was no fear of further Judgment, you were 'Not Guilty!' God looked at Jesus instead of you and poured out His wrath on Him. It was HIM who fulfilled your Obedience and righteousness and then allows God to transfer it to you by faith! The Good News, they called it, Repeat after me, Receive Jesus into your heart....This type of Preaching set the theme for the next Century and brought Millions into the fold. Although NO ONE Repented of anything or got Clear of their wrong doings, they were 'SAVED' to wallow in their sins! They bought into the lie and have been doing so every since.
I endeavored also to set forth the doctrine of grace in brief terms, teaching that God deals with sinful men upon the footing of pure mercy: finding them guilty and condemned, he gives free pardons, altogether irrespective of past character, or of any good works which may be foreseen. Moved only by pity he devises a plan for their rescue from sin and its consequences—a plan in which grace is the leading feature. Out of free favor he has provided, in the death of his dear Son, an atonement by means of which his mercy can be justly bestowed. He accepts all those who place their trust in this atonement, selecting faith as the way of salvation, that it may be all of grace. In this he acts, from a motive found within himself, and not because of any reason found in the sinner's conduct, past, present, or future. I tried to show that this grace of God flows towards the sinner from of old, and begins its operations upon him when there is nothing good in him: it works in him that which is good and acceptable, and continues so to work in him till the deed of grace is complete, and the believer is received up into the glory for which he is made meet. Grace commences to save, and it perseveres till all is done. From first to last, from the "A" to the "Z" of the heavenly alphabet, everything in salvation is of grace, and grace alone; all is of free favor, nothing of merit.
Certainly Grace is the Grounds of Man's Justification. But it's Grace that teaches us Godliness and Self Control in this Present age! (Titus 2:11) It's the Purpose of the Commandment in love, sincerity and Purity of heart! (1Tim1:5) By means of Repentance and faith PROVEN by DEEDS we access this Grace to be reconciled to God. We are Redeemed (set free) from Darkness to Light, from the Power of Satan to GOD! Acts26:18. Spurgeon has Grace only to the elect and man wholly incapable to respond. If he could convince enough people they were among this happy number, then his mission was complete. They could rest assured God would save them no matter what.
Understand, then, the sense in which Christ was made a sacrifice for sin. But here lies the glory of this matter. It was as a substitute for sin that he did actually and literally suffer punishment for the sin of all his elect. When I say this, I am not to be understood as using any figure whatever, but as saying actually what I mean. Man for his sin was condemned to eternal fire; when God took Christ to be the substitute, it is true, he did not send Christ into eternal fire, but he poured upon him grief so desperate, that it was a valid payment for even an eternity of fire. Man was condemned to live forever in hell. God did not send Christ forever into hell; but he put on Christ, punishment that was equivalent for that. Although he did not give Christ to drink the actual hells of believers, yet he gave him a quid pro quo—something that was equivalent thereunto. He took the cup of Christ's agony, and he put in there, suffering, misery, and anguish such as only God can imagine or dream of, that was the exact equivalent for all the suffering, all the woe, and all the eternal tortures of every one that shall at last stand in heaven, bought with the blood of Christ. And you say, "Did Christ drink it all to its dregs?" Did he suffer it all? Yes, my brethren, he took the cup, and
"At one triumphant draught of love,
He drank damnation dry."
He suffered all the horror of hell: in one pelting shower of iron wrath it fell upon him, with hail-stones bigger than a talent; and he stood until the black cloud had emptied itself completely. There was our debt; huge and immense; he paid the utmost farthing of whatever his people owed; and now there is not so much as a doit or a farthing due to the justice of God in the way of punishment from any believer; and though we owe God gratitude, though we owe much to his love, we owe nothing to his justice; for Christ in that hour took all our sins, past, present, and to come, and was punished for them all there and then, that we might never be punished, because he suffered in our stead. Do you see, then, how it was that God the Father bruised him? Unless he had so done the agonies of Christ could not have been an equivalent for our sufferings; for hell consists in the hiding of God's face from sinners, and if God had not hidden his face from Christ, Christ could not—I see not how he could—have endured any suffering that could have been accepted as an equivalent for the woes and agonies of his people.
The LIE of Substitution, Hook, Line and Sinker! The awful Blasphemy of Christ becoming Sin and suffering the Wrath of God. Unfounded in early times! The CUP was NOT the cup of God's wrath. The Disciples partook of the SAME Cup....Mk10:38-39, and Wrath is yet to Come if you disobey the Lord. (Rom2:7-8, Eph5:6, Col3:6) Christ offered Himself Without Spot and blameless, no sin was found in Him! (Heb9:14, 1John3:5) The Pure Blood was Payment of Ransom (Mk10:45, 1Tim2:6) to free man from the Corrupting influence of Sin. (Acts26:18) NOT to Cover his future sins! Substitution is a Doctrine out of the Pits of hell. It is appealing to the flesh, but frees NO ONE from their sin.