Effectual Calling (Spurgeon)


Spurgeon, from his sermon, “Christ Crucified”

Only think of Christ going after a sinner, crying after a
sinner, begging a sinner to let him save him–
that is just what Jesus does to his chosen ones.

The sinner runs away from him, but free-grace pursues
him, and says– “Sinner, come to Christ.”

And if our hearts are shut up, Christ puts his hand in at the
door, and if we do not rise, but repulse him coldly, he
says– “I must, I will come in!”

He weeps over us until his tears win us;
he cries after us until his cries prevail;
and at last in his own well determined hour,
he enters into our heart, and there he dwells.



The Arminian “Gospel”?

The Arminian ‘gospel’?

Spurgeon, “The Two Effects of the Gospel”

The Arminians tell us that a man may receive
spiritual life, and yet may die eternally.

That is to say, a man may be forgiven, and yet be punished
afterwards; he may be justified from all sin, and yet after that,
his transgressions can be laid on his shoulders again;
a man may be born of God, and yet die in his sins; a man may
be loved of God today, and yet God may hate him tomorrow.

Oh! I cannot bear to speak of such lies.
As for me, I so deeply believe in the immutable love
of Jesus that I suppose that if one believer were to be in hell,
Christ himself would not long stay in heaven, but would cry,
“To the rescue!”

Oh! if Jesus Christ were in glory with one the gems lacking
in his crown, and Satan had that gem, Satan would say,
“Aha! prince of light and glory, I have one of your jewels!”
and he would hold it up, and then he would say,
“Aha! you died for this man, but you had not strength enough
to save him; you loved him once–where is your love?
It is not worth having, for you then hate him afterwards!”

And how would Satan chuckle over that ‘heir of heaven’,
and hold him up, and say, “This man was redeemed;
Jesus Christ purchased him with his blood!”
And plunging him in the waves of hell, he would say,
“There ‘purchased one’ see how I can rob the Son of God!”
And then again he would say, “This man was forgiven, behold
the justice of God! He is to be punished again after he is
forgiven. Christ suffered for this man’s sins once, and yet”
says Satan with a malignant joy, “I have him now;
for God exacted the punishment twice!”

Shall that ever be said? Ah! no!
Arminian, go away with your vile gospel.
My Master said, “I give unto my sheep ETERNAL life,
and they shall never perish, neither shall any man
pluck them out of my hands.”

Let the Arminian go and preach his ‘gospel’.
Let them go and tell poor sinners, that if they believe in Jesus
they may be damned after all, that Jesus Christ will forgive
them and yet the Father may afterwards send them to hell.


No Arminians in Heaven

No Arminians in heaven?

From Spurgeon’s sermon, “Salvation of the Lord”

They may be Arminians while here on earth,
but they will not be Arminians in heaven!

Here they may say, “It is of the will of the flesh,”
but in heaven they shall not think so.

Here they may ascribe some little to the creature;
but there they shall cast their crowns at the Redeemer’s feet,
and acknowledge that he did it all.

Here they may sometimes look a little at themselves,
and boast somewhat of their own strength.
But there, “Not unto us, not unto us,” shall be sung
with deeper sincerity and with more profound emphasis
than they have even sung it here below.

In heaven, when grace shall have completed its work,
this truth shall stand out in blazing letters of gold-
“Salvation is of the Lord.”


The Godly Are No Losers

Ralph Erskine (The Vanity of Earthly Things, etc.), Sermons 1:249:

The godly are no losers, though they should lose all things in the world for Christ’s sake. What makes them venture the loss of all for the cause and interest of Christ? Why, they know Christ to be all, and the world nothing but vanity. They may easily forsake all things and follow Christ; for they lose but vanity, and reap solid comfort, solid happiness. We see this abundantly clear from Mark 10:29, 30, “Jesus said, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake and the gospel’s, but he shall receive an hundred-fold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.” This seems to be a contradiction: but, though they lose their houses and lands, etc., yet they shall reap them equivalently. Yea, what is more than the equivalent; they reap true comfort here and true happiness hereafter. So that their light afflictions work for them a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

Source:, Comment 1

A Prudent Man Concealeth Knowledge

M. Henry:

Proverbs 12.23 A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

Note, 1. He that is wise does not affect to proclaim his wisdom, and it is his honour that he does not. He communicates his knowledge when it may turn to the edification of others, but he conceals it when the showing of it would only tend to his own commendation. Knowing men, if they be prudent men, will carefully avoid every thing that savours of ostentation, and not take all occasions to show their learning and reading, but only to use it for good purposes, and then let their own works praise them. Ars est celare artem—The perfection of art is to conceal it. 2. He that is foolish cannot avoid proclaiming his folly, and it is his shame that he cannot: The heart of fools, by their foolish words and actions, proclaims foolishness; either they do not desire to hide it, so little sense have they of good and evil, honour and dishonour, or they know not how to hide it, so little discretion have they in the management of themselves,Eccl. x. 3.

(Commentary, Proverbs 12)

Source:, Comment 1

If One Single Molecule Runs Around Loose

R.C. Spoul:

“If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled.”

– Sproul, Chosen By God: Know God’s Perfect Plan for His Glory and His Children

Source:, Comment 2

Arminianism versus Christianity

Arminianism versus Christianity

The Five Points of Arminianism

1. Partial Depravity.
This is the belief that the sinner is not
totally unable to come to God; instead,
the sinner has a “free will” to be able to
accept salvation or to reject salvation.

2. Conditional Election.
This is the belief that God chose to save
certain people before the foundation of
the world based on what He saw they
would do; God chose those who He
foresaw would accept salvation.

3. Universal Atonement.
This is the belief that Jesus Christ died for
everyone without exception; Jesus Christ
paid the sin debt for everyone, made an
atonement for everyone, redeemed everyone,
including those who eventually end up in hell.

4. Resistible Grace.
This is the belief that a sinner can resist
God’s will and remain unsaved even when
God wants to save him.

5. Conditional Perseverance.
This is the belief that one can lose his
salvation after being saved and that
one’s continuing in the faith is conditioned
on the person, and not on Christ’s work.

The Five Points of Christianity

1. Total depravity.
Every human being by nature is under
the wrath of God, owing a debt to God’s
law and justice that they cannot pay.
They have no ability nor desire to come
to the true God for salvation.

2. Unconditional Election.
God chose to save some people by the
blood and righteousness of Christ before
the foundation of the world based solely
upon His good pleasure to do so.

3. Particular, Effectual Redemption.
God sent Christ into the world to represent
all those whom He chose before the
foundation of the world and to make
full atonement for all God’s people.
This atonement saves all for whom it
was intended; there will not be a single
person for whom Christ died in hell.

4. Irresistible Grace.
All those whom God chose and for whom
Christ died will come to Him and will be
saved through the work of the Holy Spirit.
God is never thwarted in His plan to save
those whom He chose and for whom Christ

5. Preservation of God’s People.
All those whom God chose and for whom
Christ died and who have been regenerated
by the Holy Spirit will be preserved by God
until their dying breath and caused to
continue to walk in the way of truth and
to continue believing the true gospel.