NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT, ARMINIANISM IS A RELIGION OF WORKS AND ROBS GOD OF HIS GLORY!

Arminian Grace

NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT, ARMINIANISM IS A RELIGION OF WORKS AND ROBS GOD OF HIS GLORY!

According to Spurgeon (and Scripture as well), the response of gratitude is the motive for holy living, not the uncertain status of the believer under the influence of Arminianism and its accompanying legalism. “The tendency of Arminianism is towards legality; it is nothing but legality which lays at the root of Arminianism.” Spurgeon was very clear on the dangerous relationship of Arminianism to legalism: “Do you not see at once that this is legality–that this is hanging our salvation upon our work–that this is making our eternal life to depend upon something WE do? Nay, the doctrine of justification itself, as preached by an Arminian, is nothing but the doctrine of salvation by works….”

A status before God based upon how we “use” Christ and the Spirit to feign righteousness was a legalism hated by Spurgeon. As in our day, Spurgeon saw that Arminianism was a natural, God-rejecting, self-exalting religion and heresy.

As Spurgeon believed, we are born Arminians by nature. He saw this natural aversion to God as encouraged by believing self-centered, self-exalting fancies. “If you believe that everything turns upon the free-will of man, you will naturally have man as its principal figure in your landscape.” And again he affirms the remedy for this confusion to be TRUE DOCTRINE. “I believe that very much of current Arminianism is simply ignorance of gospel doctrine.” Further, “I do not serve the god of the Arminians at all; I have nothing to do with him, and I do not bow down before the Baal they have set up; he is not my God, nor shall he ever be; I fear him not, nor tremble at his presence…The God that saith today and denieth tomorrow, that justifieth today and condemns the next…is no relation to my God in the least degree. He may be a relation of Ashtaroth or Baal, but Jehovah never was or can be his name.”

Refusing to compromise the gospel in any way, Spurgeon soundly refuted and rejected common attempts to unite Calvinism and Arminianism into a synthesized belief. Nor would he downplay the importance of the differences between the two systems:

This may seem to you to be of little consequence, but it really is a matter of life and death. I would plead with every Christian–think it over, my dear brother. When some of us preach Calvinism, and some Arminianism, WE CANNOT BOTH BE RIGHT; it is of no use trying to think we can be –‘Yes,’ and ‘no,’ cannot both be true. Truth does not vacillate like the pendulum which shakes backwards and forwards….One must be right; the other wrong!

[Quoted from ‘Grace Online Library’s’ article – “Are you sure you like Spurgeon?”]

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