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The Religion of God’s Own Church

Twenty or so years ago, long before my first visit to the internet, I went to an actual bookstore where I picked up a nice little volume on the Doctrines of Grace called The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended, and Documented by David N. Steele and Curtis C. Thomas. Having already embraced the doctrines of divine sovereignty, I needed no convincing, but that little book helped to clarify these doctrines that Scripture had already proven to me. When a second, updated and expanded edition was published in 2004, I snapped it up, but, as so often happens, it sat on the shelf, unread—until this week.

As the title suggests, The Five Points of Calvinism consists of three parts: The Five Points Defined provides the history of the Arminian Remonstrance and the church’s response, and the definition of each of the Five Points; The Five Points Defended presents the biblical foundation for each point; The Five Points Documented provides recommended resources for further study. There are also eight additional appendices by various authors including Charles Spurgeon and Lorraine Boettner.

This will be my blog fodder in the coming days. For now, I will leave you with this brief quotation from Spurgeon, which expresses my opinion exactly.


It is no novelty, then, that I am preaching; no new doctrine. I love to proclaim these strong old doctrines, that are called by the nickname Calvinism, but which are surely and verily the revealed truth of God as it is in Christ Jesus. By this truth I make a pilgrimage into [the] past, and as I go, I see father after father, confessor after confessor, martyr after martyr, standing up to shake hands with me. . . . taking these things to be the standard of my faith, I see the land of the ancients peopled with my brethren; I behold multitudes who confess the same as I do, and acknowledge that this is the religion of God’s own church.

—Charles Spurgeon, quoted in Steele, Thomas, and Quinn, The Five Points of Calvinism: Defined, Defended, and Documented, 2nd ed. (P&R, 2004).

Posted 2018·01·03 by David Kjos
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