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Overview An incisive, historical and theological insight into the great 19th century Baptist, with emphasis on the doctrines that moulded his life and thought.
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Studio: Banner of Truth
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.9" Width: 4.8" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.56 lbs.
Release Date Aug 31, 1981
Publisher BANNER OF TRUTH #535
ISBN 0851511562 ISBN13 9780851511566
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More About Iain Murray
Murray, born in Lancashire, England, was educated in the Isle of Man and at the University of Durham and entered the Christian ministry in 1955. He served as assistant to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at Westminister Chapel (1956-59) and subsequently at Grove Chapel, London (1961-69) and St. Giles Presbyterian Church, Sydney (1984-84), Although remaining a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, he is founding trustee for Banner of Truth Trust.
Iain H. Murray currently resides in Edinburgh. Iain H. Murray was born in 1931.
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A Great Work! Apr 29, 2005
This is truly a great work on Spurgeon.
It is by no means trying to give a complete look at his life, but rather is focused at highlighting a few key controversies and aspects of his life that are often obscured in modern analysis of Spurgeon. That is the stated goal of the book, and it suceeds at this.
Even though it is limited in scope, as I have mentioned, it still does a pretty good job at painting a picture of Spurgeon as a whole.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about the man named Charles Haddon Spurgeon. It is fairly short and is an enjoyable read with many quotes from Spurgeon's sermons.
The Forgotten Spurgeon Feb 25, 2005
For various reasons, I have felt the need of late to read about the "Prince of Preachers," none other than C.H. Spurgeon. One impetus is the rather recent trend of some Arminians to try and hi-jack Spurgeon in support of their cause. For example, Dave Hunt in the first edition of his book, _What Love Is This? Calvinism's Misrepresentation of God_, actually stated that Spurgeon not only denied Particular Redemption, but "unequivocally" so (cf. Hunt, 2002, p. 19). Hunt's laughable claim has since been rather easily dismantled elsewhere. A recent publication within my own faith community (which I will be providing a full response to in the months that follow) bears a remarkably similar tactic, alleging Spurgeon to be outside the pale of Calvinist orthodoxy at some junctures. Though it may be intuitively obvious to the Calvinist that such tactics are just that - tactics - still it is profitable to be familiar with the ministry of Spurgeon, one of the Christian Church's great servants.
With this in the back of my mind, I pulled from my bookshelf the other day Iain Murray's book, _The Forgotten Spurgeon_. Though some may be inclined to think this is a biography of Spurgeon , it clearly is not (cf. Murray, 1998, p. 5). _The Forgotten Spurgeon_ is an analysis of Spurgeon's thought and teaching (ibid.). Murray takes his readers through what he considers the three main controversies of Spurgeon's life: (1) Free-will, (2) Sacramentalism, and (3) Liberalism. The latter two are known as the Prayer Book and Down-Grade Controversies respectively. It should also be pointed out that these controversies are listed chronologically as they appeared in Spurgeon's public ministry. Spurgeon's battle with diluted evangelism (AKA Arminianism) was at the forefront near the beginning of his ministry while the Prayer-Book Controversy belonged to 1864 and the Down-Grade Controversy to the last five years of Spurgeon's life (1886-1891).
The last chapter of Murray's book details the fate of Spurgeon's church, the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, England, in the years following his death. The declension as interpreted by Murray was a function of American Evangelicalism's influence (e.g. D.L. Moody, Ira Sankey, A.T. Pierson, etc.) and various other forces.
What I absolutely love about _The Forgotten Spurgeon_ is the opulence of citations from Spurgeon, whether they come from his sermons, his magazine (_Sword and Trowel_), or his personal letters. It is clear from the richness of these references that Spurgeon was a hardcore, diehard Calvinist. Truly, then, it is amazing that some Arminians would try and recruit Spurgeon for their smear campaign against Calvinism, especially given that Spurgeon was a prolific author. Indeed, it was relayed to me over the Christmas holidays that no other author - Christian or otherwise - has more material currently in print than C.H. Spurgeon.
What I have grown to love about Spurgeon from this book is his faithfulness to God as manifest in his courage to stand against the heresies of his day. This speaks to my own heart given the tenor of our day. While many ministers in Spurgeon's day justified their decision to avoid conflict by claiming that their time and ministry could be better used in other capacities, Spurgeon disagreed. He once said:
"It is the devil's logic which says, 'You see I cannot come out and avow the truth because I have a sphere of usefulness which I hold by temporizing with what I fear may be false.' O sirs, what have we to do with consequences? Let the heavens fall, but let the good man be obedient to his Master, and loyal to his truth. O man of God, be just and fear not! The consequences are with God, and not with thee." (Cited in Murray, 1998, p. 206)
_The Forgotten Spurgeon_ is all about tearing away the superficial veneer common in popular Christianity, which casts Spurgeon as nothing but a simple soul-winner. Au contraire! Spurgeon was a Calvinist man, a doctrinal man, a man of a "narrow creed," who felt the sting of rejection due, in large part, to the principles he held to. This alone has whetted my appetite for the works of Spurgeon (not to mention the sheer brilliance of this man, which is yet another enticement).
But, again, it must be pointed out that _The Forgotten Spurgeon_ is not a biography. In fact, I would not hesitate to call it a polemic against Arminianism and modern Evangelicalism. In light of this, I doubt that anyone other than a Calvinist would truly enjoy the book. Regardless of one's theological orientation, however, I would think _The Forgotten Spurgeon_ is a seminal work for anyone interested in understanding Spurgeon's theology.
Another Great Spurgeon Book May 26, 2004
Charles Spurgeon is my favorite preacher of all time. His writings, sermons, and passion for God gives me hope that I too can pursue Jesus with all that is in me.
This book is a short biography of Spurgeon and it focuses on the end of his life with the Down-Grade Controversey as well as what happened to Spurgeon's church, Metropolitan Tabernacle, after his death. It is interesting to see that, despite his preaching and doctrinal teaching to his church, the church abandoned Spurgeon for new models in the early 1900's. Sadly, the church never has regained the prominence it had in London since the death of Charles Spurgeon.
For those who study church growth, this book is a great reminder that only God builds His church. Churches built by men are doomed for failure! When Metropolitan Tabernacle gave in to the spirit of the age (Moody, Torrey, Finney) then the church fell. We must never substitute God's presence for men's traditions (Mark 7:1-13). May the Church of God be faithful to once again proclaim, as Spurgeon so masterfully did, Christ alone and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).
Great Jul 12, 2003
This really isn't a biography of Spurgeon. Rather, it is a rumination about Calvinism and church organization, filtered through the words and purson of Spurgeon. Well worth the read. It is at times moving, and Murray has a considerable talent for explanation.
Spurgeon as he really was Oct 29, 2002
This is easily my favorite biography of Spurgeon. Iain Murray covers the passion and beauty of Spurgeon's preaching which is so marvelous to read. He has a way of lifting you up and shaking you around, providing amazing illustrations, and then sending you off with encouragement.
But this aspect of Spurgeon's preaching is what everybody talks about. What nobody talks about, the Forgotten Spurgeon, is his passion for not only preaching, but also for doctrine. This book highlights Spurgeon's battles with Arminians, Hyper-Calvinists, baptismal regenerationists, and modernists. Spurgeon was a devoted Calvinist, and this book shows how centrally Spurgeon viewed Calvinism to his preaching. It was so important to him that he would fight tooth and nail over it, not giving in until confident of doctrinal purity. Spurgeon's doctrine is the forgotten Spurgeon. And this biography is noteworthy for pointing that out.
Recommended reading for learning more about Spurgeon, as well as for learning more about the doctrines of grace.