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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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The Duty to Respond to the Gospel Message

The Duty to Respond to the Gospel Message

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(p.306) 48 The Duty to Respond to the Gospel Message
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Early Evangelicalism
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Andrew Fuller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.003.0049

This chapter presents excerpts from Andrew Fuller's The Gospel of Christ Worthy of All Acceptation: Or the Obligations of Men Fully to Credit, and Cordially to Approve, Whatever God Makes Known (1785). Raised as a Particular Baptist, Fuller was a talented preacher and lay theologian. In November 1769 he had a conversion experience and joined the Particular Baptist church at Soham as a newly baptized member a year later. During his years at Soham, Fuller began studying Jonathan Edwards's Freedom of the Will, which liberated him from the vexing determinism that haunted his High Calvinistic heritage. From his careful reading of Freedom of the Will, Fuller arrived at the conclusion that Christians must preach the gospel message to all who will hear it, even if only certain people would respond favorably to God's grace.

Keywords:   gospel message, Andrew Fuller, Particular Baptist church, Soham, Jonathan Edwards, Freedom of the Will, determinism, Christians, God's grace

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