God is Sovereign, Man is Responsible

I believe in predestination, yea, even in its very jots and tittles. I believe that the path of a single grain of dust in the March wind is ordained and settled by a decree which cannot be violated; that every word and thought of man, every flittering of a sparrow’s wing, every flight of a fly … that everything, in fact is foreknown and foreordained. But I do equally believe in the free agency of man, that man acts as he wills, especially in moral operations – choosing the evil with a will that is unbiased by anything that comes from God, biased only by his own depravity of heart and the perverseness of his habits; choosing the right too, with perfect freedom, though secretly guided and led by the Holy Spirit … I believe that man is as accountable as if there were no destiny whatever … Where these two truths meet I do not know, nor do I want to know. They do not puzzle me, since I have given up my mind to believing them both.

(Charles Spurgeon, quoted in Iain Murray’s Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism)

What If I’m Not Elect?

“‘I’m afraid I am not elect.’ Oh! dear souls, do not trouble yourselves about that; if you believe in your Christ you are elect; whosoever puts himself on the mercy of Jesus, and who has nothing at all tonight, shall have mercy if he come for it.”

— Charles Spurgeon, quoted in Iain Murray’s Spurgeon v. Hyper-Calvinism