The most famous example of this kind of hyper-Calvinism was when John Ryland heard William Carey talking about becoming a missionary to India, and told him, "Sit down, young man. When God decides to save the heathen, He will do it without your help."
The above comments, and the story it contains, are much quoted in the general comments of modern Christians, particularly those who oppose Calvinism.
But is the above story accurate, or is the popular version stated above, what actually happened?
It is one of those stories, that degenerates the more it is told. Like the children s game "Chinese whispers", where the truth is lost by the time the last person hears the original story being handed down person to person.
John Ryland Jr., disputes that his father ever made such a statement.
In reading the biography of William Carey by his grandson, he says this statement is false. He says the event never happened.
Even the man on a mission to find Hyper Calvinist's under every rock, Tony Byrne commenting about the so called Ryland quote has said,
Dr. Curt Daniel makes the same comment in his doctoral dissertation on Hyper-Calvinism and John Gill. It is more of a rumor than anything well documented.