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.