John Calvin—Great Theologian or Heretic?
Theologian or Heretic?
We live in such a dark spiritual hour that people who have behaved in a most reprehensible way and taught in clear bold contradistinction to the Scriptures are held up as great spiritual lights and theologians. John Calvin is such a man! Of course, the religious propaganda spread about him by powerful voices in our day has helped to cover up, among other things, his cruel murder of Michael Servetus. Too few readily know that John Calvin burnt Michael Servetus, a Spanish medical doctor, at the stake using green wood with a sulphur wreath on his head!
Many also find it hard to believe that John Calvin taught a license for immorality at times. This is easily seen by reading his comments on Ezek. 18:24. Before we see what Calvin wrote, please note what that important Scripture declares:
But if a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked man does, will he live? None of the righteous things he has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness he is guilty of and because of the sins he has committed, he will die (Ezek. 18:24).
To protect his strange theological system (which he got from Catholic Augustine of Hippo), John Calvin grossly contradicted Ezek 18:24. Instead of changing his doctrine, John Calvin tried to alter the meaning of that passage. Below is what John Calvin wrote about David, showing that Calvinism allows for the elect to sin as David did, yet remain saved all during that time he was completely unrepentant:
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