Andrew Fuller 's The Theological System Essay

1367 Words Dec 21st, 2015 6 Pages
Andrew Fuller lived during a crucial time in the history of the Particular Baptists. Religious life in England had become quite lethargic and pessimistic during much of the eighteenth century as a result of the Enlightenment. In contrast to the decline in religious fervor was the Methodist revival led by George Whitfield and John Wesley. By 1754 the Particular Baptists had yet to embrace the revival movement largely due to their high view of God’s sovereignty and belief that evangelism represented an assault against that sovereignty. These high-Calvinists created a theological system that went well beyond the five-point Calvinism. The need to preach the gospel to unregenerate sinners was minimized in favor of a deterministic view of God with regards to salvation. Fuller was reared in this high-Calvinistic environment which would lead to a prolonged paralysis in him coming to faith in Christ. Fuller’s conversion experience led him to differentiate himself from high-Calvinism and Arminianism, by providing an evangelical, missiological approach to Calvinism commonly referred to as “Fullerism”, or evangelical Calvinism. The foundation of evangelical Calvinism is revealed in Fuller’s famous work The Gospel Worthy of All Acceptation: or The Obligation of Men Fully to Credit, and Cordially to Approve, Whatever God Makes Known. Wherein is Considered the Nature of Faith in Christ, the Duty of Those Where the Gospel Comes in That Manner , where he argues that man is duty…

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