1 Erroll Hulse, “Spurgeon and His Gospel Invitations” in A Marvelous Ministry, (Ligonier, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1993), 76.

2 Spurgeon dismissed those who tried to equate “Calvinism” with devotion to everything that John Calvin taught or practiced. Such attempts are still made today by people who are simply ignorant of the historical issues and by those who know better but seem intent on misrepresenting and confusing the issues. He would agree completely with what the early Southern Baptist statesman, John Broadus, wrote in the Western Recorder (the state newspaper for Kentucky Baptists):

“The people who sneer at what is called Calvinism might as well sneer at Mont Blanc. We are not in the least bound to defend all of Calvin’s opinions or actions, but I do not see how any one who really understands the Greek of the Apostle Paul or the Latin of Calvin or Turretin can fail to see that these latter did but interpret and formulate substantially what the former teaches” (A. T. Robertson, Life and Letters of John A. Broadus, [np:American Baptist Publication Society, 1901], 396-97).

See chapter 13, “A Defence of Calvinism” in C. H. Spurgeon Autobiography Volume 1: Early Years 1834-1859, a revised edition, originally compiled by Susannah Spurgeon and Joseph Harrald (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1981 reprint edition, Volume 1 first published 1962).

3 The Soul Winner, (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1981 reprinted edition, first published 1964), 16.

4Autobiography, vol. 1:329; cited in Hulse, “Spurgeon and His Gospel Invitations,” 83-84.

5From “What We Would Be” in the June, 1886 Sword and Trowel, an address to the Pastor’s Conference at the College; reprinted in Sermons on Unusual Occasions, (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications, 1978), 180.

6An All-Round Ministry, 352.

7Ibid., 353.

8From “What We Would Be” in the June, 1886 Sword and Trowel; reprinted in Sermons on Unusual Occasions, 180.

9The New Park Street Pulpit Vol.1 1855, preface.

10Spurgeon At His Best, compiled by Tom Carter, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1991 reprinted edition, first published 1988), 67.