C.H. Spurgeon

What the Arminian wants to do is to arouse man’s activity; what we want to do is to kill it once for all, to show him that he is lost and ruined, and that his activities are not now at all equal to the work of conversion; that he must look upward.

They seek to make the man stand up; we seek to bring him down, and make him feel that there he lies in the hand of God, and that his business is to submit himself to God, and cry aloud, “Lord, save, or we perish.” We hold that man is never so near grace as when be begins to feel that he can do nothing at all. When he says, “I can pray, I can believe, I can do this, and I can do the other,” marks of self-sufficiency and arrogance are on his brow. But when he comes to his knees and cries,—

“Oh for this no strength have I,
My strength is at thy feet to lie,”

then we think that God has blessed him, and that the work of grace is in his soul. O sinner! think not that thy own unaided arm can get the victory. Cry unto God, and beg him to take your soul in hand, for you cannot be saved unless he doth it for you. Bless him for the promise which says, “Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out.” Oh ! cry to him, “Lord, draw me by thy grace, that I may run after thee; work all my works in me, and bring me to thyself and save me!” Not to yourself do we bid you look, nor to your prayers, nor to your faith, but to Christ and to his cross, and to that God who is “able to save unto the uttermost them that come unto God by him.”

And there is in this doctrine some consolation for the troubled heart. If all things be of God, my soul, let not thy spirit be ruffled and affrighted by the tempest. “All things are of God;” if there were one thing of me, I were a lost man. If you were about to build a great bridge, and would let me have the placing of one stone, you shall build it as you please, and it will fall. Let me have the management of the keystone, and I will undertake that it shall not stand. So if in the work of salvation there is one thing left dependent upon myself, it must all fall; but if everything be guaranteed and settled by Eternal wills and shalls, then it stands fast and rests secure.

Oh! joyous thought to the Christian, his soul is safe, he has given himself up into Christ’s hand to be kept, and now the keeping rests with Christ, he has surrendered himself to his Lord and Master to be preserved, and now he knows that come what may, Christ is his bluckler and his shield, and nothing will hurt him. because Jesus keeps daily watch and ward, and will preserve him safely to the end.

I do not know where the Arminians get their consolation from. I know, if I believed THEIR doctrine, I should be driven to distraction; but believing as I do, that those whom God begins to save, He will completely save, and that there is not a single stone in the entire building that can ever fail or give way, my soul can sing,

“This covenant stands secure,
Though earth’s old columns bow;
The strong, the feeble, and the weak
Are one in Jesus now.”

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ!” [Phil 1:6]

P.S. For those wondering what the Book by Dave Hunt in the meme is about here’s the link . . . .


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