Category Archives: Calvin
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Man never attains to a true self-knowledge until he have previously contemplated the face of God, and come down after such contemplation to look into himself. For (such is our innate pride) we always seem to ourselves just, and upright, … Continue reading
Some of the ladies (and odd men) like ‘Romance novels’ but in Calvin’s Geneva such books were unwelcome. As P. Henry remarks We learn from the state-register of March 13, 1559, that romance-reading was altogether prohibited in Geneva. It is … Continue reading
It daily happens that those who seemed to belong to Christ revolt from him and fall away: Nay, in the very passage where he declares that none of those whom the Father has given to him have perished, he excepts … Continue reading
It must be regarded as a fixed principle that all modes of worship devised by man are detestable. The infatuation is placed in a still stronger light by the Psalmist (Psalm 115:8), when he shows how aid is implored from … Continue reading
It. Gives. Us. Hope. The Christian, then, being most fully persuaded, that all things come to pass by the dispensation of God, and that nothing happens fortuitously, will always direct his eye to him as the principal cause of events. … Continue reading
Zwingli suffered from ulcers, and died of a halberd in the face. Luther suffered from gall stones, and died of liver disease. Calvin suffered from a plethora of illnesses, and died after a very long illness. What’s this mean? That … Continue reading
It ought to be observed, however, that every one who hears the voice of the Gospel, if he do not embrace the forgiveness of sins which is there promised to him, is liable to eternal damnation. — John Calvin You’re … Continue reading
Calvin wrote to Farel (on Feb 26, 1540), “Would that it were permitted me to pour out my feelings on your friendly bosom, and again to hear your advice, that we might be better prepared! You have the best opportunity … Continue reading
Calvin- of his colleagues in Geneva- “Our other colleagues are rather a hindrance than a help to us: they are rude and self conceited, have no zeal, and less learning.” Next faculty meeting use that line. Go ahead.
Here’s what he said about him (Opera Omnia X,176)- Hoc sane video, nihil hoc asino posse fingi superbius, nihil petulantius hoc cane (with thanks to Lloyd Petersen for the heads up). Now that’s how you insult someone. Take note, Luther.
Grant, Almighty God, that as nothing is omitted by thee to help us onward in the course of our faith, and as our sloth is such that we hardly advance one step though stimulated by thee,—O grant, that we may … Continue reading
THE fellowship which we experience with Christ through faith is not an objective permanent fact, but the gift of God which becomes a reality for us solely through the power of the Holy Spirit operative in response to our faith. … Continue reading
In 1538 Calvin was beset all around by difficulties. Indeed… Calvin was fettered not only in his preaching but still more in the discharge of his pastoral duties. ‘In general,’ he wrote to Bullinger, February 21, ‘we are looked on … Continue reading
Before he will return to Geneva, Calvin expects certain conditions to be met. On February 19, 1541, he says to them, ‘I beg you to bethink yourselves of all the means of wisely constituting your church, that it may be … Continue reading
Which is why in a discussion of PDA this guy doesn’t drag in blessed Zwingli’s name. Z was way too classy for such nonsense. When it came to marriage, Luther and Calvin were as different as fire and ice. Luther, … Continue reading
“I awaited tranquilly what my enemies might do; they tried every means to overthrow me; but, on the one side, I would take no notice of their insults; and, on the other, I let them understand that I regarded all … Continue reading
Sébastien Castellio (1515–63), who was six years younger than Calvin, was a Savoyard by birth, had risen from very humble origins to distinction in humanistic learning at Lyons, had fled to Strassburg by reason of his Protestant sympathies, and, while … Continue reading
John Calvin once wrote “When the world appears to be aimlessly tumbled about, the Lord is everywhere at work.” And that is certainly true. God is Lord and he is in control. But the fact remains, when we’re in the … Continue reading
On February 9, 1539, the general assembly of the people having to elect the syndics of the year, not one of the citizens who had played a part in the expulsion of Calvin and his friends was chosen.* Payback by … Continue reading