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902068_10202950144506212_6383755545477767798_o.jpg“Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda est secundum Verbum Dei”

(The church Reformed and always reforming according to the Word of God)

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The purpose of this website is  to equip Christians in the truth by making available the finest classic & contemporary Reformed Theology articles.

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Did John Calvin Burn Michael Servetus At The Stake?

Written by. David Qaoud

Church history question: Did John Calvin murder people? More specifically, did he have Michael Servetus burned at the stake?

What Really Happened Between John Calvin and Michael Servetus

When I first told a pastor friend of mine that I started a twitter account dedicated to the Reformer’s words, the first thing he said was, “You mean the guy who burned people at the stake?”

This was coming from an elder.

How much more would the average Christian layperson accuse Calvin unjustly?

When people think about Calvin burning people at the stake, the person that usually comes to mind is Michael Servetus. I won’t go into full details (If you want, watch this video from the 2009 National Desiring God conference where they discuss this issue in full detail). But I’ll give you the gist here.

So, this Michael Servetus guy. He was born the same year as Calvin. Born of Spanish notability, he was utterly brilliant, and had experience in astronomy, medicine, mathematics, and theology. Had he not gone Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, he probably would shine in our minds as a prominent figure of the renaissance era.

Instead, we’ll forever remember him as a heretic.

Where things started to go wrong was in 1531, when Servetus released a book called, On the Errors of The Trinity, in which he maligns traditional, orthodox Christianity for having embraced the Trinitarian understanding of God – that is, One God in three distinct persons; equal in divinity, but distinct in ministry. Servetus did not hold the traditional Christian position. A few years later, Servetus began to write Calvin letters. Again: Michael Servetus is the one who started this whole thing.

Servetus wrote to Calvin. And Calvin wrote back. This happened repeatedly for many years as they debated and discussed various theological matters. At first, Servetus’ tone was respectable, as if he wrote general inquiries. He seemed interested in learning from Calvin. Over time, however, Servetus became accusatory, cutting, and dismissive of Calvin. And at some point, Calvin stopped writing back.

In 1553, Servetus published another work. This book had two purposes: to further attack the doctrine of the Trinity, and personally slander the character of John Calvin. Problem is, Servetus is in France, and France is a catholic country. And at that time, open heresy was against the law (both in Geneva, Protestant communities, in Catholic communities, and all over). When authorities found out about the book, Servetus was charged and arrested for open heresy. Hersey was a crime, and if you break the law, you pay the price – burning at the stake, the standard punishment at the time.

They tried Servetus and eventually sentenced him to be burned at the stake. So now Servetus is in jail, waiting to be burned. The governing authorities were so mad at him that they demanded he should be burned slowly. There he was in jail, with no lively prospect of escape. John Calvin actually opposed people being burned at the stake. In fact, he even wrote a letter to the city council begging them not to burn Servetus.

Let me be clear: Calvin wasn’t opposing that Servetus be executed (as the law says) but was opposing that he wouldn’t be burned at the stake. What did the city council say to Calvin? The city council said no, and they burned Servetus at the sake. Calvin did not burn Michael Servetus at the stake. It was not Calvin’s fault at all.

So, that’s it. That’s what happened.

Sure, Calvin had many faults. You can say he was an arrogant man. You can say he was short with his critics. You can also make fun of him for being shy and awkward. All of these things are true. But you can’t say that Calvin had Michael Servetus burned at the stake, because that simply didn’t happen.

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Who Was Augustine And Why Was He Important?

Written by: Ryan M. Reeves

Augustine is almost universally loved by Christians. Indeed, those who find cause to reject Augustine often do so based on a particular issue they find problematic in his teachings. Rarely is someone a full-blown anti-Augustinian. Certainly for all Western Christians Augustine is an unrivaled figure in the history of Christian reflection. Indeed, there is hardly a subject that is not shaped by his writings and ministry. Continue reading

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From Rome to Christ

Written by: Gearoid Marley

(Gearoid Marley is the PTS Wickliffe Preacher for the East of England.)

Not many people get the opportunity to attend seminary. In an amazing way I have attended two. The first was training for the Roman Catholic priesthood in Ireland and the second at a conservative Evangelical seminary in England.

Raised a Catholic . . . but not knowing God
Like most boys in the Republic of Ireland in the 1980s, I was brought up a Roman Catholic. My parents taught me to live a good life, say my prayers, and attend mass every Sunday. I believed there was a God, but I didn’t know him personally. I prayed as my mother taught me, but I never knew whether or not God was really listening. I attended confession monthly and did many penances. Conscious of my sinfulness, I hoped that God would accept me into heaven if I did enough good works. I tried to live the best life I could. It was like balancing the accounts, hoping that my credits (good works) would cancel my debits (sins). Zealous to please God, I was just eleven years old when I decided to become a Roman Catholic priest. I told the local priest, but he said I would have to wait until I was eighteen before I could enter the seminary.

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Ten Christian Cliches We Should Stop Using

As Christians, we use a lot of cliches to make certain points or purvey certain messages. However, these cliches can often times be poorly worded, if not blatantly unbiblical. Here are just a few examples of cliches that can be both harmful and erroneous.

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When God closes a door, He opens a window

by Jeremiah Johnson

Christians sometimes find their theology in the strangest places.

That’s not meant as an indictment—most of us are not searching for truth outside the confines of Scripture. But the church seems to have a nasty habit of allowing the world’s influence and wisdom to encroach upon territory that rightfully belongs to God alone.

That’s why we’re occasionally dumbfounded by other believers who boil down Christ’s work of salvation and regeneration to little more than His taking up residence in your heart. It’s why we have to patiently correct and disciple others who are sincerely confused when they can’t locate the Bible verse that says we need to first love ourselves before we can love others. Frankly, it’s why we’ve undertaken this blog series on debunking popular Christian clichés—there aren’t enough biblically minded gate keepers in the church.

What makes the cliché before us today all the more embarrassing is its bizarre origin. Given its pervasive use in the church, you’d think it came from some pseudo-theological work or apocryphal book—something close to the truth, in relative terms.

But no. Instead, it comes from The Sound of Music.

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