Charles Haddon Spurgeon: Preacher of Free Grace, or Religious Idiot?

Spurgeon Freeness-of-Grace

Grant Swart

Of course there are those who do not regard Charles Haddon Spurgeon as a preacher of solely the truth. Admittedly, no man can be perfect by his own means, and even perfect holiness is acceptable to God only through Jesus Christ. There are also those who ignorantly rummage about in the published works of Spurgeon in the hope that they will find some shards of support for their own deceived religious belief system, and thereby falsely portraying the famous and well-beloved preacher as a will-worshipping Arminian, like they themselves have been misled to be.

While many Christians have had the misfortune of making the acquaintance of some unrepentant religious idiots, nevertheless, they do exist in larger numbers and their written works proliferate throughout the digital media – their presence is evidenced clearly by the overabundance of their deceitful and misrepresentative contributions. Now, please don’t get me wrong, I do not refer to them as religious idiots because I regard my own capabilities as superior to theirs in any way. I would not dare do that, because in all honesty, many of them are highly intelligent people and some are even academic giants, with qualifications way beyond my own.

Neither do I refer to them as religious idiots because I harbour some form of hatred for them, quite to the contrary, I must have compassion for their lostness. Why would I resent them? For financial gain or for fame? No, I refer to them as religious idiots because they ascribe false man-made doctrines to the Scriptures and then they promote and cling to a damning form of religion, which is set worlds apart from Christianity. I refer to them as religious idiots because they oppose Christ. Continue reading

Slaaf of kind?

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Johannes de Koning

SLAAF OF KIND?

– die belangrike waarheid vir die verstaan van Christelike vryheid.

Is jy in jou verhouding met God ’n slaaf of ’n kind? Dis ‘n baie belangrike vraag waaroor Galasiërs 4:1-10 mens ernstig laat dink.

“1. Hierby wil ek nog dít sê: Solank ‘n erfgenaam nog minderjarig is, verskil sy posisie nie werklik van dié van ‘n slaaf nie, al behoort die hele erfenis aan hom.

2. Tot die dag wat sy pa bepaal het, staan hy onder toesig van voogde en word sy besittings deur bestuurders beheer.

3. En so is dit ook met ons. Toe ons nog geestelik onmondig was, was ons slawe van wettiese godsdienstige reëls.

4. Maar toe die tyd wat God daarvoor bepaal het, aangebreek het, het Hy sy Seun gestuur. Hy is uit ‘n vrou gebore en van sy geboorte af was Hy aan die wet onderworpe

5. om ons, wat aan die wet onderworpe was, los te koop sodat ons as kinders van God aangeneem kon word.

6. En omdat ons sy kinders is, het God die Gees van sy Seun in ons harte gestuur, en in ons roep Hy uit: “Abba!” Dit beteken: Vader!

7. Jy is dus nie meer ‘n slaaf nie; jy is nou ‘n kind van God. En omdat jy sy kind is, het God jou ook sy erfgenaam gemaak.

8. Daar was ‘n tyd toe julle nie vir God geken het nie en slawe was van nikswerd afgode.

9. Maar noudat julle Hom leer ken het, of liewer, noudat Hy julle ken, hoe val julle dan nou weer terug na daardie minderwaardige en armsalige wettiese godsdienstige reëls? Wil julle van voor af weer slawe Continue reading