Hello, Bill!

You said:

<<Like what titles of awful stuff?>>

Mt. Zion is an organization that heavily promotes the "well-meant offer" lie. They have tracts by the Marrow men that are heretical. Here is an example from a tract Mt. Zion distributes called "Fury Not In God" by Thomas Chalmers:

<< But we cannot say that there is any exercise of fury in God at the time of giving the invitation. There is the most visible and direct contrary. There is a longing desire after you. There is a wish to save you from that day in which the fury of a rejected Saviour will be spread abroad over all who have despised Him. ... There is a kindness -- a desire for peace and friendship -- a longing earnestness to make up the quarrel which now subsists between the Lawgiver in heaven and His yet impenitent and unreconciled creatures. ... God has purposes of kindness towards every one of you; and as one of His ministers I can now say to you all -- that there is no fury in God. Now when the spiritual husbandman is trying to soften your hearts, He is warranted to make a full use of the argument of my text that there is no fury in God. ... He would rather that you turn, and to live. ... He would rather that this enemy of His ... should take hold of God's strength, that he may make peace with Him. ... And so in Scripture everywhere do we see Him pleading and protesting with you that He does not want to signalize Himself upon the ruin of any, but would rather that they should turn and be saved. .. God is willing to save you: are you willing to be saved? ... It is not your destruction but your salvation that God wants to put forth His strength in. >>

Also, when we asked Mt. Zion about their views of the well-meant offer, S.P. Smith of Mt. Zion Seminary wrote back and said this:

<< We believe in the Free offer of the Gospel to all sinners, i.e. we can say to all men, 'God wants you to be saved; Christ died for your sins' -- and there is no inconsistency with Calvinism. >>

I mentioned that the author of the tract you gave me wrote some awful stuff that has been distributed by Mt. Zion. Here is an excerpt from the article by W.F. Bell entitled "Modern 'Calvinists' Rebuked" that appeared in the Free Grace Broadcaster:

<<It was in the Spring of 1972 that I came to embrace and love the truth of sovereign grace (regrettably, this is called 'Calvinism'). My first and foremost aim in those days was to try and convert everybody I possibly could to my system of theology. I somehow forgot, however, that the system to which I wanted my fellow-preachers and fellow-Christians converted, was a system I had not always adhered to myself. Yet, I had been saved and called to preach in 1964. I loved the Bible and the Saviour all those eight years, without being a 'Calvinist.' As I stated though, it seemed hard to remember this, so I set out on a witch hunt for all those crazy 'Arminians' and wanted them to see the light of day!

... Spurgeon's view of 'Calvinism' did not make him want to go around driving "barbed shafts" into other Christians. To Spurgeon, 'Calvinism' was simply "five great lamps which help irradiate the cross" (same page as above quote), and he did not consider those 'unsaved' who did not agree with him on these points. But, do not many professed followers of Spurgeon's 'Calvinism' in our day do just the opposite? This speaks ill of our understanding of grace, brethren.

... We have often heard it debated whether Whitefield was really a 'Calvinist' or not, and have heard even more debate on whether or not Wesley was even saved! Well, we ourselves will not try and usurp that omniscience that belongs only to the God of glory by seeking to solve these supposed problems of history.

... Regarding the subject, we do wish all our readers would obtain and read carefully the excellent (and we mean, excellent) and heart-warming article by our friend, Iain Murray, 'Whitefield and Wesley: Division and Unity' (Banner of Truth Magazine, August-September 1979, Issues 191-192). Murray plainly shows that Whitefield and Wesley were united on many things, and that Whitefield regarded Wesley as a brother in Christ, not merely as a preacher who was a lost heretic.

Quoting our patron again, Mr. Spurgeon, we note these gracious remarks about Wesley:

"... far be it from me to imagine that Zion contains none but Calvinistic Christians within her walls, or that there are none saved who do not hold our views. Most atrocious things have been spoken about the character and spiritual condition of John Wesley, the modern prince of Arminians. I can only say concerning him that, while I detest many of the doctrines which he preached, yet for the man himself I have a reverence second to no Wesleyan; and if there were wanted two apostles to be added to the number of the twelve, I do not believe that there could be found two men more fit to be so added than George Whitefield and John Wesley. The character of John Wesley stands beyond all imputation for self-sacrifice, zeal, holiness, and communion with God; he lived far above the ordinary level of common Christians, and was one 'of whom the world was not worthy.'" --Spurgeon's Autobiography, Vol. 1, The Early Years (Banner of Truth); p. 173

ONE THING UNITES US

In spite of our faults and lop-sided views, divisions and contentions, modern Christians can unite in a true ecumenism, a unity based squarely on love to the Bible, love to our common Savior, and love to our fellow-men. We plead with all modern 'Calvinists' to cast aside differences we may have with other Christians, where this is at all possible, and let us seek to return to Biblical principles that are so neglected in our day; representing the true virtues of Christian character (love, purity, kindness, etc.); basing our fellowship with other Christians on our union with and love for Christ (one Master, many brethren); proclaiming together the great doctrines of the Christian faith, without trying to convince each other of our particular views (justification by faith is the basic gospel).

We close with these faithful words from that High Churchman himself, whom we all love as a true preacher of the Gospel, J.C. Ryle:

"Love to the Bible is one of the grand points of agreement among all converted men and women in our land. Episcopalians and Presbyterians, Baptists and Independents, Methodists and Plymouth Brethren -- all unite in honoring the Bible, as soon as they are real Christians. This is the manna which all the tribes of our Israel feed upon, and find satisfying food. This is the fountain round which all the various portions of Christ's flock meet together, and from which no sheep goes away thirsty." --Practical Religion, p. 89>>

Pretty awful stuff, eh, Bill?

Marc


Dear Alve,

You said:

> Can you be more specific about how Chapel Library
> comprimises.
>
> I think they print a lot of "Biblical Solid
> Literature"


I'd be happy to be more specific.

They advocate the position of the Marrow Men that Christ desires the salvation of everyone without exception, that God loves everyone without exception, and that God is gracious to everyone without exception in the preaching of the gospel. They print tracts by such heretics as Thomas Chalmers and Thomas Boston, such as the following:

"But we cannot say that there is any exercise of fury in God at the time of giving the invitation. There is the most visible and direct contrary. There is a longing desire after you. There is a wish to save you from that day in which the fury of a rejected Saviour will be spread abroad over all who have despised Him. ... There is a kindness -- a desire for peace and friendship -- a longing earnestness to make up the quarrel which now subsists between the Lawgiver in heaven and His yet impenitent and unreconciled creatures. ... God has purposes of kindness towards every one of you; and as one of His ministers I can now say to you all -- that there is no fury in God. Now when the spiritual husbandman is trying to soften your hearts, He is warranted to make a full use of the argument of my text that there is no fury in God. ... He would rather that you turn, and to live. ... He would rather that this enemy of His ... should take hold of God's strength, that he may make peace with Him. ... And so in Scripture everywhere do we see Him pleading and protesting with you that He does not want to signalize Himself upon the ruin of any, but would rather that they should turn and be saved. .. God is willing to save you: are you willing to be saved? ... It is not your destruction but your salvation that God wants to put forth His strength in." (from the Chapel Library tract "Fury Not In God" by Thomas Chalmers)

"Christ invites sinners with an enlarged heart. Joy enlarges it. His heart is open to you, his arms are stretched wide. You often see him with sorrow and anger in his face, and this works with you that you will not come. Behold him smiling and inviting you now to himself, sending love looks to lost sinners, from a joyful heart within! Infer, 2nd. May I say, the Mediator's joy is not complete, till you come and take a share? ... Would you do Christ a pleasure? then come to him. ... Would you content and ease his heart? Then come. ... These are they that 'labour' and are 'heavy laden.' ... Who are meant by these? I cannot agree with those that restrain these expressions to those that are sensible of their sins and misery ... but I think it includes all that are out of Christ ... And what are the invitations of the gospel, but Christ putting out his hands to sinking souls, sinking with their own weight. ... Consider the parallel text, Isaiah 55:1, 'Ho, every one that thirsteth;' where, by the thirsty is not so much understood as those that are thirsting after Christ, as those that are thirsting after happiness and satisfaction ... Christ in the gospel comes into the world as to an hospital of sin-sick souls, ready to administer a cure to those that will come to him for it. ... It is the work of faith to give up the soul to Christ, that he may save it ... How he complains of these that will not come, John 5:40, 'And ye will not come to me that ye might have life.' He speaks as one that has been working in vain." (From the Chapel Library tract "Come Unto Me, All Ye That Labour" by Thomas Boston)

And when we wrote to Chapel Library to ask them their views, S.P. Smith of Mt. Zion Seminary responded this way:

"We believe in the Free offer of the Gospel to all sinners, i.e. we can say to all men, 'God wants you to be saved; Christ died for your sins' -- and there is no inconsistency with Calvinism."

Soli Deo Gloria,

Marc


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