Rev. Dr. Andrew Murray – Calvinist, or Pentecostalist?

"Murray's call for a deeper spiritual life was balanced, and squarely grounded on Holy Scripture." Thus wrote Rev. Dr. Fred Liebenberg[2], for years the General Secretary of the South African Student Christian Association.   “He [Andrew Murray] was a Calvinist, in all sincerity. But that

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did not blinden him to the beauty of…a practical doctrine of sanctification….   Murray brought a new sound into our Reformed theology, which advantageously fructified and enriched Calvinism."

This Murray did, Liebenberg goes on, by "faithfully appropriating the full blessing of Pentecost…. This message Murray preached time and again, and throughout his life.  For he was very conscious of the low spiritual level of life among Christians, which revealed itself in the extremely lamentable spiritual condition of the Church….   This is why he constantly spoke about the work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.   Without a complete surrender to the Holy Spirit, for Him to lead us to obey and to do the will of God — there can be no question of spiritual advance."