Call it what you will, but it’s about Preaching Christ Crucified

Posted: November 29, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, The Christian Life

 “I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified unless we preach what is nowadays called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the Gospel and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the Gospel… unless we preach the sovereignty of God in his dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah. Nor do I think we can preach the Gospel unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of his elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend the Gospel which allows saints to fall away after they are called.”

C. H. Spurgeon:(Sermon, “Christ Crucified“)

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  1. If ones faith becomes as luke warm and as lipid as water can or yet will it remain within the clutches of the lord;s hands, aren’t we at fault for the state our spirit is in?

  2. The soverignity of God is sorely missing and that is the cause for the state that we, but individually, are in.

  3. L. Andrewes says:

    Just remember, however, that the chief end of man is to worship and not to be preached to. For God did not become Man so that Man could become a theologian and could dissertate on such matters as the interplay of God’s sovereignty and Man’s free will, rather so that Man could become like God and partake of his divine nature, which occurs within the worship of the Church.

  4. doulos tou Theou says:

    Thanks for reading Preston and asking a Great question,

    this past Sunday the sermon text was Revelation 3 the Church at Laodicea, the “Lukewarm” text. I thought of that with your question. In the passage Jesus doesn’t bring such condemnation on them for having lukewarm faith, he just says “you” are neither hot nor cold , but it’s not in regards to faith, but how they are content to be of no use for anything. Kinda like the salt & saltiness parable the Lord shares with the disciples in Matthew 5.

    I would say to your question of “fault” for the state of our spirit I would read the Psalms, Job, or even Ecclesiastes, to see how those whose spirit seemed low and what or better yet who they trusted in. Hope this helps a little.

    In our weekly Bible study we are coming up on these verses in 1 John 3
    “18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
    19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.”

    This is a good place to be encouraged.

    blessings

  5. doulos tou Theou says:

    Thanks L. Andrewes for reading & commenting,

    While I agree with you in essence, to get to your conclusion takes some sort of theological teaching or thinking 🙂 . Also you didn’t finish the answer from the west minister shorter :
    ” What is the chief end of man?
    Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.”

    To Glorify and enjoy you would have to know Him to do that. And the way He has given to us that we may know Him is the Spirit working through preaching, teaching, & evangelism. Worship then becomes the response of the converted to this God making Himself “known” to His creation. Once this happens the believer begins to worship God everyday in some way.

    blessings

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