Daily Archives: 18 Aug 2017
A rowdy gang of angry, riled-up Arminian believers gathered to pull down a statue of Reformer John Calvin standing in front of Calvin Reformed Bible College & Seminary, authorities confirmed Friday.
The band of Wesleyan troublemakers brought a rope, lassoed it around the neck of the stone likeness of Calvin, and yanked it down while yelling rallying cries like “Down with limited atonement!” “You’ll never take our free will!” and “For Servetus!”
Mob members then stomped on the statue and spray-painted crude Arminian slogans on the downed Reformer, according to police reports.
“We encourage all citizens to stay indoors as this dangerous gang of theological hooligans roams the streets,” police chief Ed Patterson said at a press conference. “When you get the Arminians going, there’s no extent to the depravity they can display.”
“Stay safe out there, and may God bless you all,” the police officer concluded before ducking to avoid an on-fire copy of Why I Am Not A Calvinist hurled by a rogue protester in the crowd.
These. They’ve hung a noose outside a Church in Alabama. They are godless. They know neither Christ nor salvation. They are servants of hell.
You can remove all the monuments you want, it won’t solve anything. Evil lies within the hearts of men, not images of stone and metal.
Because… They wouldn’t like it there. For them, it would be Hell… Because there are all sorts of Africans and Hispanics and Arabs and Asians and maybe even some Australians and Brits:
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” (Rev. 5:9-10)
Apparently, Philipp had been determined to live his life as a bachelor. He was fully dedicated to his work and was afraid that domestic life would hinder his teaching and research. His friends, including Martin Luther, totally disagreed. While Luther at this time was totally avoiding marriage for himself, he realized that a wife was exactly what his friend and colleague needed. He helped to arrange the marriage and was a strong supporter of it.
Philipp and Katharina’s marriage was a happy one. Katharina proved to be a strong support for her husband both emotionally and physically. She stood by him when he face opposition from the other reformers and nursed him when he was ill.
Philipp and Katharina had four children: Anna, Philipp, Georg, and Magdalene.
For reasons that remain unclear, Kathrina and Katie Luther never became good friends. It seems that the Melanchthons initially disapproved of Martin and Katie’s marriage. Speculation has also been raised as to whether Katharina, who was born in a higher social class than Katie, resented a former nun now rising above her socially. The rift was obviously mended between Philipp and the Luthers and the Melanchthon and Luther children were playmates. But the Katies never became close despite all that they had in common.
Katharina Melachthon died in 1557 while Philipp was in Heidelberg furthering the cause of the Reformation.
This painting of Philipp Melanchthon is by Lucas Cranach the Elder
And yes, she would have married anyone to rid herself of her maiden name. #TragicGermanNames
There are two things of which a good pastor should be careful; to be diligent in teaching, and to keep himself pure. — John Calvin