Quote of the Week: John Newton (“Amazing Grace” author) warns Arrogant Calvinists

Posted: December 22, 2008 by Rick Hogaboam in Quotables
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From hence we may observe, that believers who have most knowledge, are not therefore necessarily the most spiritual. Some may and do walk more honorably and more comfortably with two talents, than others with five. He who experimentally knows his own weakness, and depends simply upon the Lord, will surely thrive, though his acquired attainments and abilities may be but small; and he who has the greatest gifts, the clearest judgment, and the most extensive knowledge, if he indulges high thoughts of his advantages, is in imminent danger of mistaking, and falling at every step; for the Lord will suffer none whom he loves to boast in themselves. He will guide the meek with his eyes, and fill the hungry with good things; but the rich he sendeth empty away. It is an invariable maxim in his kingdom, that whosoever exalteth himself, shall be abased; but he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted. 

Newton, John.  More Than a Calvinist

I am what can be considered a Calvinist and I just love how Newton’s Calvinism was, for him, a truth that leads to doxology….both in his beloved hymn “Amazing Grace” and in his understanding here exhibited that we must be more than a mere Calvinist, but also the most humble and contrite souls on earth. I pray that such a disposition will accompany me. 


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