Why this outrage against Calvin? Simply because the evangelical and liberal world cannot live with who he was and what he taught.
“When we invoke the whole phrase — “the church Reformed and always being reformed according to the Word of God” — we confess that we belong to the church and not simply to ourselves and that this church is always created and renewed by the Word of God rather than by the spirit of the age.”
If the 21st century evangelical church needs another Reformation, catechism teaching in the Christian home, church and school needs to be revisited.
Confession and Absolution. These are not Roman Catholic, but catholic and orthodox, in other words, Scriptural doctrines. They are historical practices as well.
John Calvin is a boy with a pet tiger, and Martin Luther was the black guy who said, “I have a dream.”
These two sacrifices—Christ’s and ours—fulfill the old covenant burnt offerings which have become obsolete. So, our early church and Protestant heritage should prevent us from using musical instruments in the public worship of God.
Dr. Scott Clark has good advice for many of those whom I have recently spoken to regarding the sorry state of their churches or denominations.
Who said this?: “Musical instruments in celebrating the praises of God would be no more suitable than the burning of incense, the lighting of lamps, and the restoration of the other shadows of the law.”
Calvin carried on a very extensive correspondence throughout his ministry, writing to people and churches he knew and even to those he did not know. He answered theological questions, offered advice to troubled churches, encouraged pastors and friends, and wrote letters of consolation to those in distress.
Take the short quiz about John Calvin’s life.
A couple of years ago on Reformation Day, October 31, 2007, I wrote an article about John Calvin’s treatise “On the Necessity of Reforming the Church,” in which I discussed his views on the public worship of God in the church. Here it is…
Today, July 10, marks the 500th birthday anniversary of the great Reformer John Calvin (French: Jean Cauvin). For most evangelicals today, his name evokes an image of a negative, judgmental and cold tyrant, because…