British Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834 – 1892), without formal training, became the most popular minister of the Victorian times, and easily one of the most prolific writers. He preached week in and week out, twice a week, to over 12,000 people on Sundays.

 Spurgeon_portraitMany will see the quotes from Spurgeon’s sermons on Calvinism and claim that he was not a Calvinist! They say that because he says ”whosoever will come may come”, that he was not a Calvinist at all. They misunderstand the verse;  they misunderstand Spurgeon. They also have not read much of him, for he speaks with great vigor of the “doctrines of grace”, contending for the faith, and the means of salvation as described in the system called “Calvinism”. He buried a copy of the London Baptist Confession of 1689 in the cornerstone of his new building, as a symbol of what the foundation of that church would be built on. This does not mean he held the confession in  higher regard than scripture, but that he looked to it as a summary statement of what was contained in scripture, a statement of what would be preached out of scripture, and a statement on how a Christian would walk according to scripture.

Fortunately, we have volumes and volumes of sermons by Spurgeon, in which we can see exactly what he stood for. This helps in answering the shallow readers of Spurgeon. Below are actual sermons preached by Spurgeon on a range of topics. Some will be on Calvinism in general, some on the various points of Calvinism, like Election, Total Depravity and so forth. Enjoy!

Clicking below will take you off site to Spurgeon.org, a great website with additional links and information. There are hundreds of sermons there, but what we have chosen some for you which pertain to the various points of interest. A separate page will open when taking you to the sermons.

Calvinism in General

In his work, “A Defense of Calvinism,” he states unequivocally: [T]here is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is 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, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor 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 a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation”. Read the entire sermon below.

A Defense of Calvinism

On The Five Points of Calvinism

Total Depravity (Free Will)

“You see a mother with her babe in her arms. You put a knife into her hand, and tell her to stab that babe to the heart. She replies, and very truthfully, “I cannot.” Now, so far as her bodily power is concerned, she can, if she pleases; there is the knife, and there is the child. The child cannot resist, and she has quite sufficient strength in her hand immediately to stab it to its heart. But she is quite correct when she says she cannot do it. As a mere act of the mind, it is quite possible she might think of such a thing as killing the child, and yet she says she cannot think of such a thing; and she does not say falsely, for her nature as a mother forbids her doing a thing from which her soul revolts. Simply because she is that child’s parent she feels she cannot kill it. It is even so with a sinner. Coming to Christ is so obnoxious to human nature that, although, so far as physical and mental forces are concerned, (and these have but a very narrow sphere in salvation) men could come if they would: it is strictly correct to say that they cannot and will not unless the Father who hath sent Christ doth draw them.” Spurgeon

Free Will – A Slave   Human Inability

Unconditional Election

“Do not shut your ears and say at once, “It is high doctrine.” Who has authorized you to call it high or low? Why should you oppose yourself to God’s doctrine? Remember what became of the children who found fault with God’s

Prophet and exclaimed, “Go up, you bald-head; go up, you bald-head.” Say nothing against God’s doctrines, lest haply some evil beast should come out of the forest and devour you, also. There are other woes beside the open judgment of

Heaven—take heed that these fall not on your head. Lay aside your prejudices—listen calmly, listen dispassionately— hear what Scripture says”. Spurgeon

Election  Glorious Predestination  Election and Holiness 

Election No Discouragement To Seeking Souls

Limited Atonement

“If it was Christ’s intention to save all men, how deplorably has he been disappointed, for we have His own testimony that there is a lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, and into that pit of woe have been cast some of the very persons who, according to the theory of universal redemption, were bought with His blood.” Spurgeon

“He has punished Christ, why should He punish twice for one offence? Christ has died for all His people’s sins, and if thou art in the covenant, thou art one of Christ’s people. Damned thou canst not be. Suffer for thy sins thou canst not. Until God can be unjust, and demand two payments for one debt, He cannot destroy the soul for whom Jesus died.” Spurgeon

Blood of Sprinkling 1  Blood of Sprinkling 2  Blood Shedding Heart of the Gospel

Christ Our Substitute

Irresistible Grace

“When you say, “Can God make me become a Christian?” I tell you yes, for herein rests the power of the gospel. It does not ask your consent; but it gets it. It does not say, “Will you have it?” but it makes you willing in the day of God’s power….The gospel wants not your consent, it gets it. It knocks the enmity out of your heart. You say, I do not want to be saved; Christ says you shall be. He makes our will turn round, and then you cry,”‘Lord save, or I perish!” Spurgeon

Predestination and Calling Sovereignty and Salvation

Effectual Calling

Perseverance of the Saints

“I do not know how some people, who believe that a Christian can fall from grace, manage to be happy. It must be a very commendable thing in them to be able to get through a day without despair. If I did not believe in the doctrine of the final perseverance of the saints, I think I should be of all men most miserable, because I should lack any ground of comfort.” Spurgeon

Enduring To the End  Perseverance in Holiness