Monday, January 19, 2009

Spurgeon on Israel


In his sermon, The Man with the Measuring Line, C. H. Spurgeon makes it clear that he did not share the sterotypical Pedobaptist Reformed ideas about Israel.

Based on Zechariah 2:1-5, Spurgeon says this prophecy has not been fulfilled, and he believes it has to do with the future of Jerusalem -- not to the "church," as it is alleged by the Pedobaptist Reformed camp.

Spurgeon says --

It is evident that this vision and prophecy graciously reveal the future history of Jerusalem. You may spiritualize, if you will, and say that Jerusalem signifies the Church—but I pray you not forget the literal meaning of such words as these in the twelfth verse—“The Lord shall take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem.” Jerusalem is spoken of and Jerusalem is meant.

Reformed tradition on prophecy is obviously a prefabricated eisegesis approach, motivated by the Reformed determination to fabricate a biblical basis for the baptism of infants. This rite is allegedly established in the covenant with Abraham, and the fulfillment of such prophecies as Zechariah 2 supposedly relate to the New Testament church.

Though O. T. prophecy is sometimes vague or difficult for us to properly interpret, we believe Spurgeon's view is much more to the point, especially since infant baptism has no foundation in either Old or New Testament and the elaborate attempt to establish it on the basis of the Abrahamic Covenant is sheer phantasmagoria.

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