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Jason Harris

Jason loves to communicate God's word both in the local church and at conferences and retreats. Jason has been involved with Worship Music since 1996 and InFocus since 2005. Jason has degrees in theology, music, accounting, and research and is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University, Cairns. Jason is also a pastor at CrossPoint Church. You can contact Jason at jason@teaminfocus.com.au.

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    Steven Mock

    Jason,

    From what source did you obtain this quote? I like it a lot. Did Spurgeon really say that “Calvinistic doctrine is SO dear to us”? I bet that comes as a big surprise to many!

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    Jason

    Hey,

    It’s taken from a sermon posted at Pyromaniacs recently. Yes, I was reading Dallimore’s biography of Spurgeon this week and the author actually pointed out how some publications have edited Spurgeon’s Calvinism out of his sermons. (!)

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    Christopher

    We must remember God used Spurgeon in spite of his Calvinism, not because he was a Calvinist. He was also a cigar smoker and very over weight. It seems that when Calvinist wants to promote Calvinism they quickly turn to Spurgeon (and I believe God used him greatly). God used Spurgeon, he was a Calvinist so Calvinism must be God’s way. This of course is faulty logic. God used Spurgeon, he smoked cigars so cigars must be God’s way. Just a thought Cheers!

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    Jason

    Hey Chris,

    Thanks for your comment.

    You make a valid point that simply because Spurgeon was effective doesn’t mean that every position he held (like Calvinism for instance) must be right. On the other hand, if Spurgeon was effective in preaching the gospel, you have to take into account what Spurgeon believed the gospel to be. According to Spurgeon, “Calvinism is the gospel.”

    Everything comes back to theology. Spurgeon’s Calvinism wasn’t incidental to his ministry. Spurgeon’s Calvinism was the heart of his ministry. That is the historical fact that has to be dealt with.

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    Christopher

    G’day Jason,
    “On the other hand, if Spurgeon was effective in preaching the gospel, you have to take into account what Spurgeon believed the gospel to be.”
    Yes and the many others who were just as effective and were not Calvinist. Ironside, Moody, Rice, Billy Sunday, Bob Jones SR. and others

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    Jason

    Actually, I think several of these men were more Calvinist than you might think. But of course we can give the other list:

    Calvinists:

    William Carey, Father of modern missions
    Charles Spurgeon, Prince of preachers
    George Whitefield, great revival preacher
    Jonathan Edwards, preached perhaps the most well known gospel sermon ever preached
    Ian Paisley, Firebrand soul-winner
    Jim Elliot, Missionary martyr

    And while we’re talking about Rice, it was the “Sword of the Lord” that published Spurgeon for years while editing out his Calvinism. It’s a form of intellectual dishonesty, but I think it’s backfired because now a whole generation of fundamentalists know and respect Spurgeon and have to face the reality that this passionate, soul-winning preacher was also an unabashed five-point Calvinist.

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