“John Gill is the greatest of them [the Hyper-Calvinists–CD]; he best systemised it; and I believe that John Gill loved holiness, just as I believe that John Wesley trusted in grace” (John M. Brentnall, Just A Talker: Sayings of John (‘Rabbi’) Duncan, p. 98).
A shocking admission, no? Uhhh … nope. It is an admission that is totally consistent with any other literary swill contained within the pages of the Tolerant Calvinist Handbook.
“John Gill I reckon the best, as well as the most learned, of all the Hyper-Calvinists. The rabbinical and the patristic were fairly blended in him. He mistakenly charges us with what he calls ‘Duty-Faith,’ but he was a good and reverent man” (John M. Brentnall, Just A Talker: Sayings of John (‘Rabbi’) Duncan, p. 98).
I enjoy contrasting J-Dunc’s encomium expressed above with the critical appraisal of another professing Calvinist:
“Gill’s stuff is just complete and utter junk. Gill more clouds than clears issues, more darkens than enlightens, and more confuses than clarifies.”