The Claim That John Calvin Was a Murderer Addressed

Was John Calvin a Murderer?

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.”

However, historically speaking, the so-called “Doctrines of Grace” – which go by the nickname of Calvinism – did not originate with Calvin. They are the result of a Synod held in Dort, Holland in 1618/19, after Calvin was long dead. Those of us who hold to Reformed Theology do so not because we are attempting to replicate the theology or ecclesiology of John Calvin, but because we are convinced that the Biblical arguments and conclusions stemming from that Synod are valid and our own exegesis confirms the five points.

If it could be proven that John Calvin was indeed a murderous wretch, it would have no effect on the theology that sprung from the pen of the Reformers. In other words, the “guilt by association” tactic has no teeth. That being said, let’s clear up the history and let the proverbial chips fall where they will.

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Was Calvin an Ecumenist?

Intro to article: John Calvin has a justified reputation as an aggressive, divisive theologian, but in his own terms he was an ecumenist, doing more than anyone else to forge Reformed Protestantism into a single body (against Rome)…

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Tone It Down…or Don’t!

A lesson I have only just learned myself last night! \o/

New Hope for Dry Bones

Here, in this country, in these days there is a great wave of philosophy that says the Bible doesn’t mean what it says and that we as Christians should just tone it down. I have been asked to not post so much ‘Jesus stuff’ on Facebook a time or two. I have had friends mysteriously disappear.

For many, many decades of my life, I toned it down. I didn’t speak about what God did for me and I didn’t reach out to those that needed help and they didn’t reach out to me. After years of not speaking about what God did for me, I didn’t even see his hand in my life anymore. I became blind to him and after a while, I did whatever I wanted to do and didn’t give a hoot about what God wanted. I became isolated from other people emotionally and they all…

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An Overlooked Bible Verse by Christians at Holiday Time

This Bible verse is sometimes interpreted as meaning meats sacrificed to idols (Gill did this, for one) but that cannot be since we have liberty to eat these meats with thanksgiving unless it offends a fellow Christian. No, the word is to abstain-to utterly avoid it.

Acts 15:20 but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols

and verse 29 that you abstain from things offered to idols

How many Christians confess to knowing the pagan background of the things of Christ Mass and Easter? And then they go on to disobey God’s Word. Even today, these things are used in the idol worship of Wicca.

Coming Out of the Box with the Last Reformation?

Study - Grow - Know

Torben Sondergaard says we are in the "Last Reformation." Torben Sondergaard says we are in the “Last Reformation.”

Torben Søndergaard is a guy who firmly believes Christians are missing out today. He wants us to get back to living the book of Acts.  He has an on-line (free) school that is not designed to be “a lot of theology to your head.” His emphasis is on what he calls the “Last Reformation.”

The Last Reformation is a new movement, started in 2011, that is now spreading all over the world. It is about coming back to what we read in the book of Acts. We believe that what we read in the book of Acts is also for today and that we need to come back to the simple disciple life the first Christians had. We believe that The Last Reformation is a reformation about the true gospel and the simple disciple life, but also…

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Historical insights – The Church of Rome’s law on the extermination of heretics

Pilgrim’s Progress revisited - Christiana on the narrow way


Lightning over the outskirts of Oradea, Romania, during the August 17, 2005 thunderstorm which went on to cause major flash floods over southern Romania. Wikipedia, Public Domain.

Luke 9

51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. 54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.


 The Church of Rome has two…

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Liberty: To Walk in Holiness Unhindered

He Hath Said

And I will walk at liberty: for I seek Thy precepts. -Psalm 119:45

Do you know what the liberty of a child of God is, dear friends, or are you all your lifetime subject to bondage? If you are a child of God, you do know something of it, but if you are not initiated into the mystery of the inner life, you will very probably confound liberty with license. The liberty of the man of the world is liberty to commit evil without restraint: the liberty of a child of God is to walk in holiness without hindrance. When the believer’s ways are enlarged, he delights to run in the statutes of the Lord; obedience is freedom to the Lord’s servant. Christ’s yoke is easy, and His burden is light. I fear that very many of you who are present this morning are slaves-some of you slaves to…

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