Guess who said it–50 years ago


The following excerpt comes from a well-known Southern Baptist pastor:

“In the forty-sixth chapter of Isaiah and beginning at the ninth verse, listen to the Word of the Lord:

For I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure. Calling unto the ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

That’s our God. Now that’s what you call foreordination. That’s what you call predestination. That’s Calvinism. And I am a Calvinist. That’s good old Bible doctrine. And I believe the Bible. These things are in God’s hands. And ultimately, and finally, He purposed it and executeth all of it.”

Dr. W. A. Criswell, pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, made this comment in a sermon he preached 50 years ago on November 20, 1955. The sermon is called
The Doctrine of Predestination.”

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4 Responses to “Guess who said it–50 years ago”

  1. Tom,

    I have made note on James Spurgeon’s site, as he posted similar comments by Dr. Criswell. While I do believe he would be far more sympathetic to Founders Ministry than his successors, it is still amazing to me that some can consider him a Calvinist. Read his stuff on Romans 9 and you’ll soon discover the fact that he believed there is something in the person that causes God to elect them.

    I applaud his stand on the entirety of God’s sovereignty, but the lack of dealing totally with the depravity of man might even find him close to the semi-Pelagians.

    Many have said I was too critical and that Dr. Criswell called himself a Calvinist, but I remind them that Norman Geisler calls himself a Calvinsit (though it be a moderate one). What does one have to believe to be called a Calvinist? Let’s please define the terms that we all claim to hold to.

  2. “When a man is saved, he’s an Arminian, always. Arminius was a Dutch theologian who flourished in 1600. And he was the great champion of freedom of the will, freedom of choice. When you are saved, you’re an Arminian. ‘I did it. I repented of my sins. I came down that aisle. I gave the preacher my hand. I accepted the Lord as my Savior. I turned and looked to Jesus and He saved me.’ You’re an Arminian. You did it. You can tell the day and the hour and the preacher and the service. You’re an Arminian. ‘I did it.’ But I don’t care who you are, as you grow in grace and the days multiply, you’ll become a Calvinist. Calvin flourished in 1550 and was the great exponent of the elective purposes of God in the earth. And, as you grow older and as you experience His love and mercy in your life, the day will come when you avow, ‘God did it. He touched my heart. He wooed me and sought me and bought me and brought me. God did it.'” – WA Criswell, 1987


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