John Calvin

John Calvin
John Calvin
  • Born: July 10, 1509
  • Died: May 27, 1564
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Pastor, Author, Theologian









John Calvin was a French theologian, pastor and reformer in Geneva during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism, aspects of which include the doctrines of predestination and of the absolute sovereignty of God in salvation of the human soul from death and eternal damnation, in which doctrines Calvin was influenced by and elaborated upon the Augustinian and other Christian traditions. Various Congregational, Reformed and Presbyterian churches, which look to Calvin as the chief expositor of their beliefs, have spread throughout the world.

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As to the matter of relics, it is almost incredible how impudently the world has been cheated. I can mention three relics of our Saviour's circumcision; likewise fourteen nails which are exhibited for the three by which he was fixed to the cross; three robes for that seamless one on which the soldiers cast lots; two inscriptions that were placed over the cross; three spears by which our Saviour's side was pierced, and about five sets of linen clothes which wrapped his body in the tomb. Besides, they show all the articles used at the institution of the Lord's supper, and an infinite number of similar impositions. There is no saint of any celebrity of whom two or three bodies are not in existence. I can name the place where a piece of pumice stone was long held in high veneration as the skull of Peter Religion & God
Ecclesiastical honors are either purchased for a set price, or seized by the hand of violence, or secured by nefarious actions, or acquired by sordid sycophancy. Occasionally even, they are the hire paid for panderism and similar services. In short, more shameless proceedings are exhibited here than ever occur in the acquisition of secular possessions. Corruption
How many priests, pray, are free from whoredom? Nay, how many of their houses are infamous for daily acts of lewdness? How many honorable families do they defile by their vagabond lusts? For my part, I have no pleasure in exposing their vices, and it is no part of my design; but it is of importance to observe what a wide difference there is between the conduct of the priesthood of the present day, and that which true ministers of Christ and his church are bound to pursue. Religion & God
The doctrine of free will is always in danger of robbing God of his honor Religion & God
The first thing we complain of here is, that the people are entertained with showy ceremonies, while not a word is said of their significance and truth. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The priests, either from indulgence or carelessness, have allowed the wicked to give loose reins to their lusts Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
The vice or imperfection of men therefore renders it safer and more tolerable for the government to be in the hands of many, that they may afford each other mutual assistance and admonition, and that if any one arrogate to himself more than is right, the many may act as censors and masters to restrain his ambition. Democracies & Republics ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Those who would be thought the rulers of the church arrogate to themselves a license to speak whatsoever they please, and to insist that as soon as they have spoken they shall be implicitly obeyed. Religion & God
We condemn you, Michael Servetus, to be bound and taken to Champel and there attached to a stake and burned with your book to ashes. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We, indeed, are not so stupid as not to perceive how desirable it is to avoid public tumults, nor so savage as not to be touched, and even to shudder in our inmost soul, on beholding the troubled condition in which the church now is. But with what fairness is the blame of existing commotions imputed to us, when they have not been, in the least degree, excited by us? Religion & God
What is seen being done by the many soon obtains the force of custom; while the affairs of men have scarcely ever been so well regulated that the better things pleased the majority. Therefore, the private vices of the many have often caused public error, or rather a general agreement on vices, which these good men now want to make law… Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. Truth ;Religion & God
All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors. Trust
Augustine does not disagree with this when he teaches that it is a faculty of the reason and the will to choose good with the assistance of grace; evil, when grace is absent.
Every one of us is, even from his mother's womb, a master craftsman of idols.
For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God. Religion & God
God preordained, for his own glory and the display of His attributes of mercy and justice, a part of the human race, without any merit of their own, to eternal salvation, and another part, in just punishment of their sin, to eternal damnation. Religion & God
God tolerates even our stammering, and pardons our ignorance whenever something inadvertently escapes us - as, indeed, without this mercy there would be no freedom to pray. Religion & God ;Freedom & Liberty
However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts. Religion & God
I consider looseness with words no less of a defect than looseness of the bowels.
Is it faith to understand nothing, and merely submit your convictions implicitly to the Church? Religion & God
Knowledge of the sciences is so much smoke apart from the heavenly science of Christ. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Man's mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain. Religion & God
No man is excluded from calling upon God, the gate of salvation is set open unto all men: neither is there any other thing which keepeth us back from entering in, save only our own unbelief. Religion & God
Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness.
The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.
There is no work, however vile or sordid, that does not glisten before God. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.
There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.
We must remember that Satan has his miracles, too.
Yet consider now, whether women are not quite past sense and reason, when they want to rule over men. Women
You must submit to supreme suffering in order to discover the completion of joy.