A man is more likely to preach the Gospel when he knows God has sovereignly chosen to make him a success at his efforts than he is if it’s just based on human will … – Dr. Stephen Mansfield

The objection that the doctrine of Calvinism discourages motivation to evangelize the Lost is based on the fallacy that ends are determined without reference to the means. The Arminian might argue, “Why send missionaries if those who will receive the Gospel are already elect and chosen by God to believe?”

The “father of modern missions”
was a Calvinist

It is not merely isolated events here and there that have been foreordained by the Lord but the whole chain of events, including the witness of the missionary. All of the parts involved in the process of salvation form a unit in the divine plan of God. If God has purposed that a man shall reap, He has also purposed that he shall sow. If God has ordained a man to be saved, He has also ordained that the sinner shall hear the Gospel, and that he shall believe and repent.

The farmer might refuse to plow the fields until he learned the fruitfulness of the coming season. He might not work because he does not know what fruit God may bring from his labor. He might “wait upon the Lord” thinking that God has ordained fruit to grow on its own. We find, however, that the harvest is commonly found when the preliminary work has been faithfully performed.

If we en­gage in the Lord’s service and make diligent use of the means which He has prescribed, we have the great encour­agement of knowing that it is by these very means that He has determined to accomplish His great work.


A partial list of Christian leaders who enthusiastically embrace all Five Points of Calvinism

William Carey, the “father” of modern missions

D. James Kennedy, founder of Evangelism Explosion

John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the “prince of preachers”

John Foxe, author of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

George Whitefield, the “Lightning Rod of the Great Awakening

William Wilberforce, champion of the abolition of slavery

Founded by Calvinists

J.P. Boyce, founder of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Roger Williams, founder of the very first Baptist church in America

John Newton, writer of the classic hymn Amazing Grace

August Toplady, author of the famous hymn Rock of Ages

Martin Luther

A.W. Pink

John Owen

Francis Schaeffer

Matthew Henry

Jonathan Edwards

John Gill

J.C. Ryle

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Donald Carson

J.I. Packer

Albert Mohler

Wayne Grudem

John Piper

John MacArthur

James White

R.C. Sproul

Erwin W. Lutzer




To obtain the entire video series click here.


For further reading:

Calvinism and Missions

Missions in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church

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