Humor: The Arminian’s Devil Prayer

Charles Haddon Spurgeon(1834-1892)

“Lord, I thank thee I am not like those poor presumptuous Calvinists. 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 I 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 I do. There are many that will 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 change, and were as much blessed as I 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.”

From: Free-Will, A Slave,  A sermon delivered on December 2, 1855 by C. H. Spurgeon. Spurgeon preached that an Arminian at his knees would pray desperately like a Calvinist. He cannot pray about free will: There is no room for it.

He comment on the prayer: “That is a prayer for the devil, for nobody else would offer such a prayer as that. Ah, when they are preaching and talking very slowly, there may be wrong doctrine; but when they come to pray, the true thing slips out, they cannot help it.”

For a Full Sermon: Click PDF; Free-will – Slave

6 thoughts on “Humor: The Arminian’s Devil Prayer

  1. I understand it in a Libertarian sense. An agent exercises free will when they are the source of their actions with no antecedent sufficient causes for their actions and they choose between a plurality of alternatives.

    • To that I will answer Yes, God has free will in a sense that He can choose to do action p or not-p. Example He could choose not to create the universe.

      And No, in the sense that He can choose only action p, in some choices. Example God cannot lie, so he cannot choose to tell the truth or not to tell the truth. God cannot choose to let a sinners in Heaven, that is why Christ Jesus had to died. Thus those in Christs are sin-freed.

      Did I answer your question?

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