Alan H wrote: C. H. Spurgeon was one of the greatest and most well balanced men in his understanding of Biblical truth, both in his preaching and in his theology. He was a Calvinist by conviction, but he was also a very active evangelist, believing that God indeed saves sinners, but not without the use of His own prescribed means. Spurgeon did not focus on preaching election, though he believed that doctrine, but rather his primary focus was on preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Without Jesus Christ, election is but a meaningless word.
I agree. Spurgeon was balanced in his understanding of God's Sovereign choice in election and man's responsibilty. I have read his writings and been comforted by them for many years. I look forward to thanking him when I get to heaven.
Thank you for recommending and posting the link to his sermons. I was delighted to find them when I found SA. Now, if only I could hear his voice (though I am so thankful to the readers who make it possible to hear an audio msg) - He spoke to crowds of 10,000 w/o our means of amplication. Amazing! I understand that Whitfield did the same. God gifted His messengers, didn't He?
Mike wrote: Regeneration: 1. To generate or produce anew; to reproduce; to give new life, strength, or vigor to.
3. (Theol.) Born anew; become Christian; renovated in heart; changed from a natural to a spiritual state. 4. To cause to be spiritually born anew; to cause to become a Christian; to convert from sin to holiness; to implant holy affections in the heart of.
Thanks for that definition. I might add that evidence of that can be seen immediately.
Many books are now out on William Wilberforce - the great anti-slave trade campaigner of 200 yrs. ago.
His regeneration was called the "Great Change" and that was evidenced by his actions immediately following his conversion. Every act became one in which the glory of God was sought. William Wilberforce no longer lived for himself, but for God.
Before his conversion, he said, "[I had]..a sense of my great sinfulness in having so long neglected the unspeakable mercies of my God and Saviour." Afterwards was the "great change."
Wilberforce lived during the time of John Newton, whom he personally knew and was influenced by. He was also influenced by the Wesleys. His life as a Christian was a stark contrast to the dead Christianity in the churches of his day.
Alan, thank you for posting this link to Spurgeon's sermon. How wonderful to hear the sermons of Spurgeon more than 100 years after his being with the Lord. The Lord is so good to pour water on my dry and thirsty soul.
God bless you for your time and effort in encouraging others whom you may never meet this side of heaven.