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September 10, 2014, 9:12 AM

Ouch!



John Calvin's unfiltered thoughts in 1541 about returning to ministry in Geneva after he had been in exile since 1538.  The officials in Geneva wanted him back, ...but...

Calvin wrote, "If you desire to have me for your pastor, correct the disorder of your lives.  If you have with sincerity recalled me from my exile, banish the crimes and debaucheries which prevail among you....I cannot possibly live in a place so grossly immoral....I consider the principal enemies of the Gospel to be, not the pontiff of Rome, nor heretics, nor seducers, nor tyrants, but bad Christians...." (D.G. Hart, "Calvinism: A History, Yale University Press, 2013, p.18).

After you get past Calvin's take-no-prisoners bluntness here, you realize that he's put his finger on something that the Word exhibits from cover to cover:  The biggest challenges to the Faith have mostly come from within the church, rather than from without.


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