The Sad State of Preaching in Geneva in the Pre-Calvin Era

Sermons in Geneva before Calvin were very much like most sermons today- silly stories and ridiculous tales were told by Priests who preferred that sort of nonsense to proclamation of Scripture.

… in consequence of the ridicule which the priests drew on themselves by the legends which they read from the pulpit, [the people] found it necessary to request the Grand Vicar to take order that in all the churches and convents the gospel should be preached according to the truth, without being mixed up with any fables, or other human inventions, that so the inhabitants might live in good accord like their fathers.*

Said edict was issued on 30 June, 1532. The same sort of edict needs to be issued today except neither clergy nor Christians would bother to heed it.
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*The Early Years of John Calvin (p. 126).

One thought on “The Sad State of Preaching in Geneva in the Pre-Calvin Era

  1. “…without being mixed up with any fables, or other human inventions…” – I wonder how many of these are still going around as truth today after being brought, (even if adapted to our days) from those days and are called “traditions”! As I said a long time ago: traditions are tr-additions that become tra-addictions! Once they’re spread and added to the truth and changed to truth into a lie, it will take centuries to get rid of them, if ever! If I had an example I am sure I can relate to some of the lies propagated from the pulpits today.

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