Spurgeon on Biblical Paradox

Augustine had something to say about this but so did Spurgeon. This was found in If God Is Good: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil by Randy Alcorn.

Spurgeon warned against theologies that attempt to reconcile, by means of shortsighted human logic, every apparent biblical inconsistency:

Men who are morbidly anxious to possess a self-consistent creed, a creed which will put together and form a square like a Chinese puzzle, are very apt to narrow their souls. Those who will only believe what they can reconcile will necessarily disbelieve much of divine revelation. Those who receive by faith anything which they find in the Bible will receive two things, twenty things, ay, or twenty thousand things, though they cannot construct a theory which harmonizes them all.

(“Faith,” An All-Round Ministry, 1872)

The system of truth is not one straight line, but two. No man will ever get a right view of the gospel until he knows how to look at the two lines at once.

The first quote can be found in an interesting article on Randy Alcorn’s Ministry site. He writes about Calvinism and election but isn’t really a Calvinist so it’s a bit strange from my point of view:
Spurgeon’s Theology: Embracing Biblical Paradox

The second quote can be found here:
If God Is Good: 99 Quotes and Illustrations

I suppose I can stop posting quotes from that book now. I need to read it again someday. Interestingly, right now the Kindle edition costs more than the paper version. But the prices change often. There is an abridged version of the book too.

2 Responses to “Spurgeon on Biblical Paradox”


  1. 1 THEOparadox

    Spurgeon was a wise man.

    But Alcorn not a Calvinist? In his words: “I am what might be called a four point Calvinist, though some 5 point Calvinists hate that term, believing it all stands or fall[s] together.”

    More here: http://www.epm.org/resources/2010/Jan/30/where-do-you-stand-calvinism-and-arminianism-debat/

    A pastor once told me, “I’m a Calvinist but I’d rather not call myself that. If there was such a thing, I’d be a Spurgeonist.”

    Blessings,
    Derek

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    I would say that’s not quite a Calvinist. But so close I suppose he could be in that category. I shouldn’t be so exclusive. I don’t necessarily believe it all stands or falls together, otherwise we’d all have to believe in infant baptism.

    In any case I like him a lot which I didn’t really convey.

    Spurgeonist is interesting. I’d like to say I’m Puritan, but I don’t quite fall in line with everything about them either. Maybe Dutch Reformed. Doesn’t matter what brand.
    Jeff

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