The Doctrines of Grace
Excerpt from The Doctrines of Grace: And Kindred Themes It is by many assumed and indeed most confidently asserted that the Doctrines of Grace; as preached by Augustine, Anselm, Calvin and the great Reformers - have had their day - are superseded by the breadth of modern thought - are held, in their original integrity, by no one now; nor can they now be put, as they were put four hundred years ago, with hope of conviction or chance of success. It is in honest and earnest dissent from such an opinion - an opinion sufficiently confuted by the marvelous power and success of men like Charles H. Spurgeon, Caesar Malan, Robert Murray McCheyne and the great leaders of the Scottish Free Church Disruption - that the following discourses are republished, as they and others have been delivered during a ministry of more than forty years, to the edification of thousands and the conversion of scores and hundreds of souls. There are but two religions on earth. One based upon the postulate of Free Will; the other upon that of Free Grace. The two mutually annihilate and replace one another. For, if a man is saved in any way, either in whole or in part, by the exercise of his own will, he is not saved only by God's will; and if he is saved only by God's will - i.e., of pure grace, he is not saved by his own. Divine Election, therefore, underlies religion as it underlies Revelation. "It is," says Toplady, "the golden thread which runs through the whole Christian System. For, what Cicero asserts of human learning - when he says; Omnes artes quae ad humanitatem pertinent, habent quoddam commune vinculum, et quasi cognatione quadam inter se continentur. The whole circle of the arts has a kind of mutual bond and connection, and by a certain reciprocal relationship are they held and interwoven together - can be more exactly asserted of Divine Election. It is the one bond which unites and keeps together the entire Christian System; without which, it were a system of sand ever falling to fragments." About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.