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Spurgeon vs. Hyper-Calvinism: The Battle for Gospel Preaching (Murray)

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C.H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) is best-remembered today for the remarkable ministry he exercised in London during the Victorian era. His influence was incalculable. Thousands listened to his preaching every week. While hundreds of thousands throughout the world later read his sermons in published form. A man of great natural gifts, charm and wit, Spurgeon’s master passion was evident in everything he did – to preach Jesus Christ to all as the only Saviour. But as early as 1855 this brought him into a serious and prolonged doctrinal controversy with Hyper-Calvinism By tracing this conflict, exploring the issues involved in it and showing what was at stake in them, Iain Murray underlines the contemporary relevance and importance of sharing Spurgeon’s convictions.

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Table of Contents:

Part One: An Introduction to Spurgeon

1. A Life of Testimony to the Word of God

2. An Impression of Spurgeon in Early Years by F. Curtis

Part Two: The Controversy With Hyper-Calvinism

3. The Combatants and the Cause of the Controversy

4. The Case Against Spurgeon

5. Spurgeon’s Fourfold Appeal to Scripture

6. The Aftermath

7. Lessons from the Conflict

Part Three: Illustrative Material

8. Two Illustrations — John Gill and William Huntington

9. The Warrant of Faith — John Brown

10. Free-Agency and God’s Desire for the Salvation of All — T J Crawford

11. A Crucial Text — C H Spurgeon on 1 Timothy 2:3, 4

12. The Injury Done by Hyper-Calvinism and Antinomianism— Words of Witness from Spurgeon

A Diagram of English Baptist History by Robert W Oliver


Iain Hamish Murray, born in Lancashire, England, in 1931, was educated at Wallasey Grammar School and King William’s College in the Isle of Man (1945-49). From 1956 he was for three years assistant to Dr Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel and there, with the late Jack Cullum, founded the Banner of Truth Trust in 1957. He left Westminster in 1961 for a nine-year pastorate at Grove Chapel, Camberwell. With the world-wide expansion of the Trust, Iain Murray became engaged full-time in its ministry from 1969 until 1981 when he responded to a call from St Giles Presbyterian Church, Sydney, Australia. Now based again in the UK, he and Jean live in Edinburgh.