John Newton on Calvinism

John NewtonOnce asked if he was a Calvinist, Newton plunked a lump of sugar into his tea, stirred the hot liquid, and said, “I am more of a Calvinist than anything else; but I use my Calvinism in my writing and preaching as I use this sugar. I do not give it alone, and whole; but mixed, and diluted…(1)  I think these doctrines should be in a sermon like sugar in a dish of tea, which sweetens every drop, but is no where to be found in a lump – tasted everywhere, though prominent nowhere…(2)  The views I have received of the doctrines of grace are essential to my peace. (3)  I could not live comfortably a day, or an hour, without them.” (4) Continue reading