"Among the gross falsehoods which have been uttered against the Calvinists proper, is the wicked calumny that we hold the damnation of little infants. A baser lie was never uttered. There may have existed somewhere, in some corner of the earth, a miscreant who would dare to say that there were infants in hell, but I have never met with him nor have I met with a man who ever saw such a person"1
C.H. Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Volume VII, Sermon #385, "Exposition of the Doctrines of Grace." Thursday, April 11, 1861
1some erronously assume I agree with every historical quote I post from an author's work. I do not. Many times I disagree entirely with the proposition I'm quoting. For example, while Spurgeon above rightly represents his own view pertaining to the salvation of all infants dying in infancy; and we believe he represents the overwhelming majority of Baptist Calvinists within our tradition; and while we have no reason to doubt the truth of Spurgeon's claim that he never met or saw such a person who believed in the damnation of infants; it nonetheless remians historical nonsense to claim a "baser lie was never uttered" that Calvinists--including significant and well-known Calvinists--held to infant damnation. In this, Spurgeon was dead wrong and being the well-read man he was should have known better than to make such a preposterous, easily debunkable claim.