An Arminian’s Prayer by Charles Spurgeon

Find any person saying such a prayer, and I’ll give you a trillion dollars (not Zimbabwean)

“Lord, I was born with a glorious free-will; I was born with power by which I can turn to thee of myself; I have improved my grace.

“If everybody had done the same with their grace that 1 have, they might all have been saved.

“Lord, I know thou dost not make us willing if we are not willing ourselves. Thou givest grace to everybody; some do not improve it, but l do.

There are many that wilI go to hell as much bought with the blood of Christ as I was;  they had as much of the Holy Ghost given to them; they had as good a chance, and were as much blessed as l am. It was not thy grace that made us to differ; I know it did a great deal, still I turned the point; I made use of what was given me, and others did not—that is the difference between me and them.”

Charles Spurgeon

2 thoughts on “An Arminian’s Prayer by Charles Spurgeon

  1. The only problem we find with this prayer is its presumption that G-d conditions our “salvation” on our belief in Jesus. If that were the case, this would be a Grade A prayer.

    Alas, the Jewish Bible says no such thing, and it contemplates free will as the capacity to choose between observing the Law, or, as Jesus did, disregarding it.

  2. Anon,

    You understand the heart of the Gospel far more than many Christians. You have also clearly pointed out a cardinal difference between Judaism and Christianity, which, sometimes, “Messianic Jews” miss.

    About obeying the law; as you know, it says in Deut 27:26 “Cursed be he that confirmeth not the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say: Amen.”

    Now, we both know that it is not humanly possible to fulfill all of the law. Of course, the Israelite can repent when he falls short, but the verse does say that the curse falls independent (that is, before) of repentance. Paul’s argument is that it is impossible to fulfill (all) of the law, and for this reason the curse of God is on everyone, because there is no one that can fulfill that requirement.

    Now you may argue, that God’s “ought” must imply man’s “can.”
    But, Deut 27:26 seems to say that this is not so.

    In the NT, Jesus commands “be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matthew, 5:48). But, we, and God, of course, know that this is impossible. So, why such a command as this, and as the one in Deut 27:26? The NT’s answer is that we should realize how totally impotent we are to be perfect. That is where “grace” comes in (an alien Jewish concept to you (?) and many others like Bubby on the RoshPinaProject site.

    Talking about “grace,” I haven’t forgotten your question on that doctrine, which you posed in another of my posts. Hope to answer you soon.

    I appreciate your forthright comments and sharp questions.

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