Tag Archive | Calvinism

Did Calvin Behead a Child in Geneva?

Beggars All investigates:

If all these historians are describing the same event, there is one blatant fact mentioned by Paul Henry and Jean Picot that, for some unknown reason, Will Durant, Charles Beard, and Philip Schaff left out. It was also a fact mentioned but downplayed by Mr. Babinski: the year of the incident: 1568, in which some of the accounts say the beheading took place. What was John Calvin, the despotic tyrant doing in 1568? Was he staring down the child in Genevan court as a prosecutor, boldly proclaiming God’s law was broken and the child must be punished with death? Was he watching the beheading of a child for breaking God’s law? No, Calvin was at rest in his grave.

Read more: http://beggarsallreformation.blogspot.ca/2018/05/calvin-beheading-child-in-geneva.html


Spurgeon’s Calvinism


The Half-Rotten Ice Between Two Great Bergs

The ‘last issue of history’ will be the conflict between ‘Atheism and its countless forms and Calvinism. The other systems will be crushed as the half-rotten ice between two great bergs.’

~Charles Hodge

Source: http://weecalvin1509.blogspot.ca/2017/08/calvinism-versus-atheism.html

Was Calvin A Murderer?

Another look at the Servetus situation:

Q – Was John Calvin a Murder?

Jim – This is a question that shows up in my email from time to time. It’s a claim that is leveled by those who seek to besmirch Reformed Theology. Usually, the claim that Calvin was a murderer is an attempt to make all Calvinistic doctrine wrong through “guilt by association.”…

Read more: http://salvationbygrace.org/current-qa/john-calvin-a-murderer/

HT: https://xmassh8trsblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/the-claim-that-john-calvin-was-a-murderer-addressed/

He Saves All He Pleads For

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 348:

Yea, he is so fully qualified for this that he is called Jesus the Saviour; he is such an Advocate that he saves all he pleads for. The best advocate may lose the cause, either through the weakness of itself, or the iniquity of the judge; but he is the Advocate and the Saviour, that never succumbed in his undertaking for any soul. Be their sins never so heinous – their accusation never so just and true – their accuser never so powerful; yet they who put their cause in his hand, who flee in hither for refuge, being wearied of the bondage of sin and Satan, he hath such a prevalency with the Father, that their cause cannot miscarry. Even when justice itself seems to be the opposite party, yet he hath such marvellous success in his office, that justice shall rather meet amicably with mercy and peace, and salute them kindly (Ps. 85:10, 11), as being satisfied by him, than he come short in his undertaking.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/he-saves-all-he-pleads-for.89572/, Comment 1

Calvin the Dictator?

I read all over the web about how Calvin was an evil dictator and the like.  Of course, he wasn’t.  However, for those who are swayed by such rhetoric, here is a quote that shows how powerless he must have been if he was truly a dictator:
Jean Calvin“Whatever influence Calvin had in Geneva during the 1540s and the first half of the 1550s was based on the moral authority of his preaching, teaching, and wisdom. Even then, the city council often operated against his judgment and recommendations. For example, Calvin wanted weekly communion, but the city council insisted that communion should be administered only four times a year.”

~Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 13). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-compromise-of-calvin.92378/, Comment 7

Calvinism in the Early Church

A Puritan’s Mind:

Historical mixed media figure of John Calvin by George S. StuartDid the Early Church Believe the Doctrines of Grace?

There are a number of websites (some quite terrible, others a bit scholarly, yet equally terrible) that attempt to dissuade investigative readers to believe that, except for Augustine, or at least until the “time of Augustine”, that the early church did not believe in the depravity of man, in unconditional election and/or a sovereign predestination, a limited atonement in extent of Jesus Christ, grace that is irresistible, and the final perseverance of the saints. This is a tragedy. Why? With a hearty consulting of primary sources, readers can certainly find the “infant stages” of all these Gospel doctrines throughout the writings of the early church. And not only these can be found in “infant stages” but they can be found quite specifically in many of the early writers…

Read more: http://www.apuritansmind.com/arminianism/calvinism-in-the-early-church-the-doctrines-of-grace-taught-by-the-early-church-fathers/