Today With Calvin

On 21 February 1538, Calvin wrote Bullinger

“In general, we are looked on here as preachers rather than pastors. We cannot have a Church that will stand unless the discipline of the apostles be restored.  There is much alteration which we earnestly desire, but which can be effected only by our applying ourselves to it with faith, diligence, and perseverance. Oh, that a pure and sincere agreement might at length be established among us! Would there be any obstacle in the way of the meeting of a synod, at which everyone might propose what he believed to be useful to the Churches?”

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  1. Milton Almeida - The Grace Ambassador 21 Feb 2020 at 11:18 am

    Calvin’s famous quote on the hallmarks of a true Church: “… the ministry of the Word and of the Sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper…” can have an addendum, per the quote above, “and the discipline of the Apostles”. I’ve always maintained that, although it’s not mentioned on Institutes 4.2.1 and 4.2.12, Calvin believed that the “discipline of the Apostles is also included in the “hallmarks of a true Church! This quote is the evidence.


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