Calvinism Destroying Christianity Justifying US Others > *PROOF*: JOHN CALVIN had Servetus MURDERED, REJECTING Jesus’ Teaching of ENEMY LOVE — Calvinism is a theological system designed by someone who had no moral or theological objections to killing those who disagreed with him

No wonder that so many Calvinists are ‘Christian’ Zionists, promoting murder in Jesus’ name.

John Calvin was a reverse-Christian who lived and taught a perverted version of Christianity.

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The Execution of Michael Servetus & My Primary Deal-Breaker with Calvinism

by Benjamin L. Corey

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…many modern Calvinists have never actually read what John Calvin taught. Calvinist writer and pastor Tim Callies completely agrees:

Many, and no doubt most Calvinists have never read a word of John Calvin. Instead they reluctantly call themselves Calvinists because they feel John Calvin was gifted by God to understand and interpret the Scriptures and that he restored to the church doctrine that had been lost for hundreds of years.”

Perhaps one of the chief issues in modern Calvinism is that many don’t understand what their founder taught, or how he lived. …

When reading Calvin there’s no shortage of problematic stuff one will find, as Zack Hunt articulately wrote about recently. From teaching that God not only picks who will go to heaven but also picks who will go to hell (before they’re even born!) and that God is the agent who ordains every act of evil in the world….

My primary point of departure from Calvinism is looking at how Calvin lived, and being able to see that he didn’t grasp (or was just completely unwilling to obey) one of the most basic things Jesus taught: enemy love. And this brings us to the execution of Michael Servetus– my primary “do not pass go” moment with Calvin.

Michael Servetus (1511-1553) was a theological enemy of Calvin and the two had mutual disdain for the other (Servetus thought Calvin was obnoxious and in return, Calvin felt Servetus was pompous). Servetus rejected orthodox Christianity (issues such as the trinity), holding what would correctly be called heretical views. In those days heretics were executed, and at one point Servetus was arrested- but released for lack of evidence. Soon after, he was re-arrested by the Catholic church and convicted of a capital offense– thanks to John Calvin, who sent some of Servetus heretical writings to the authorities. However, Servetus escaped from prison and was free to write again.

Calvin had previously vowed that if it were at all possible, he’d have Servetus killed, but his escape from prison thwarted those hopes. It wouldn’t be long however before Calvin could fulfill the vow he made against Servetus in 1546:

“Servetus wrote to me a short time ago, and sent a huge volume of his dreamings and pompous triflings with his letter. I was to find among them wonderful things, and such as I had never before seen; and if I wished, he would himself come. But I am by no means inclined to be responsible for him; and if he come, I will never allow him, supposing my influence worth anything, to depart alive.” [1]

As much as I dislike Calvin, Servetus was either an idiot or had a death wish, because instead of fleeing to safety he showed up at church one night in Geneva to hear Calvin preach (he’s certainly guilty of antagonizing Calvin). Calvin of course, didn’t miss the opportunity and had his friend Nicholas de la Fontaine arrest Servetus on 40 capital charges of heresy. During the trial, Calvin wrote that he hoped the verdict would come back as death[2], and it did. Servetus was ultimately burned at the stake– atop a pyre of his own books and green wood to draw out his death– which reportedly took 30 minutes.

And thus, John Calvin was responsible for having his enemy killed.

Now, both sides tend to overplay their hand on the death of Servetus. Those who stand against Calvin will often call it murder, and those strongly in the Calvin camp will try to explain it away as just the “culture of the time.” (Aren’t we supposed to stand against evil in culture?) Certainly this was not murder in the sense that Calvin walked up and personally killed Servetus– but he did collaborate with the local government to have him killed on two occasions. Also, it is true that Calvin tried to get Servetus to repent of his theology and when that didn’t work, he sought to have him beheaded instead of burned alive. However, I find the Calvinist tendency to play the “he tried to have him beheaded as an act of mercy” card a bit disingenuous, as if beheading an enemy is somehow morally superior to burning one.

In addition, Calvin wasn’t simply an innocent bystander in a violent culture– he was actually one of the folks promoting it. Calvin once wrote that those who objected to killing heretics were just as guilty as the heretics themselves:

“Whoever shall maintain that wrong is done to heretics and blasphemers in punishing them makes himself an accomplice in their crime and guilty as they are…” [3]

So, not only does he argue killing theological enemies to be good, but Calvin argued that one was not even morally free to oppose it. Furthermore, Calvin argued that the blood of no one– not even a person’s own family should be spared:

“… we spare not kin, nor blood of any, and forget all humanity when the matter is to combat for His glory.” [4]

Got that? We must not spare our own families of bloodshed– in fact, we must “forget all humanity” when doing combat for God’s glory.

(And don’t even get me going on the fact that Calvin was somewhat famous for his abusive speech toward others— aka, the sin of reviling as condemned by Paul.)

Calvinism is, by definition, the teachings of John Calvin– a man whose actions show me either (a) he didn’t understand Jesus or (b) he didn’t want to obey Jesus. Why in the world would I want to build the totality of my Christian theology on a foundation erected by such a person?  If Calvin didn’t understand something so basic as torturing and killing people is something a Jesus follower probably shouldn’t do, I have zero confidence that he ever understood the more complex theological issues.

And this is my primary deal breaker: before any discussion on sovereignty, evil, or predestination, I am unable to move past the fact that Calvinism is a theological system designed by someone who had no moral or theological objections to brutally killing those who disagreed with him.

[1] Henry, Paul. The Life and Times of John Calvin, Vol II. Whittaker & Co, London. Pg. 181

[2] Calvin to William Farel, August 20, 1553, Bonnet, Jules (1820–1892) Letters of John Calvin, Carlisle, Penn: Banner of Truth Trust, 1980, pp. 158–159. ISBN 0-85151-323-9.

[3] Marshall, John (2006). John Locke, Toleration and Early Enlightenment Culture. Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 325. ISBN 0-521-65114-X.

[4] ibid

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Greg Boyd: In the kingdom of God, we are not allowed to have any enemies

Salvation: CALVINISM VS ARMINIANISM COMPARISON CHART – 5 Points of Calvinism (T.U.L.I.P.) & 5 Points of Arminianism

Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — “There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT.” (Where Paul is reconciled with James — and with Hebrews and 1 John — and with Jesus. It all fits!)

1873 Charles Finney: THE PULPIT IS RESPONSIBLE for the Decay of Conscience — “If the public press lacks moral discrimination… If the church is degenerate and worldly… If the world loses its interest in religion… If Satan rules in our halls of legislation… If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it”

THE DECAY OF CONSCIENCE

BY PRESIDENT CHARLES G. FINNEY.

THE INDEPENDENT.

NEW YORK, DECEMBER 4, 1873

Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits.

If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.

Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.

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Pastors are destroying relationships and the church by teaching what the world says about men and women — instead of boldly teaching the pure word of God

I wrote this on my Facebook timeline:

And a HUGE factor today is the rebellious idea that husbands are not designed by God to lead their wives. Women are being influenced by the media to take control everything, including churches, which the Bible says men are to lead. Men, now, are to be mocked and diminished: “God didn’t design men to be different with different graces. Women can do everything men can do, and even better. God’s order is to be rejected and replaced.”

This rebellious bucking is destroying many relationships and society — as many pastors give in to culture, instead of boldly, without shame, teaching the pure word of God.

We need to stand up for what’s right, and not censor ourselves to be politically correct.

Hardly anyone is addressing the root of what is really going on, which is rebellion to how God made us and how we should function together as one, having different roles by design.

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Most relationships don’t die from natural causes.

They’re killed by selfishness, neglect, lack of consideration, lies & secrets!

Related:

Adrian Rogers on MEN and WOMEN: Celebrate the Difference — “God made us different that He might make us ONE.” It’s time to stop trying to be the be the same or resenting each other because of our differences.

Study: Women rely more on intuition — “It’s quite striking how COMPLEMENTARY the brains of women and men really are.” | God knew what He was doing : )

Scientists: WOMEN better at MULTI-TASKING, MEN better at CONCENTRATING on SINGLE Complex TASKS; Women have better connections between the LEFT & RIGHT sides of the brain • Men have better connections between the FRONT & BACK — ‘COMPLEMENTARY’ PROVEN!

(video) Study: MALE & FEMALE BRAINS WIRED OPPOSITELY, explaining Why Sexes Excel at Different Tasks — MEN have high FRONT-BACK conductivity; WOMEN have high LEFT-RIGHT conductivity • Men CONCENTRATE on SINGLE TASKS better; WOMEN MULTITASK better

Study: Men and Women Have Distinct Personalities — MEN: higher emotional stability, dominance, rule-consciousness & vigilance / WOMEN: higher sensitivity, warmth & apprehension • Dr Marco Del Giudice: “The idea that there are only minor differences between the personality profiles of males and females should be rejected as based on inadequate methodology”

Women’s Ministry: A Critique of Jack Hayford’s “A Woman’s Place in Christ” by Jeff Fenske — How deception passes as truth

 

(video) John Kaminski: Why Can’t Religion Stop American Terror? — “Americans are the criminals. We’re allowing our government to murder at will. WHERE ARE THE CHURCH LEADERS in all of this?” • “There’s no morality in this country; it’s all fake” • “The business model becomes more important than the spiritual mission” • “The dominant philosophers are [warmongers] John McCain and Joe Lieberman”

Here are two not-yet-Christians disgusted by what they see in the American ‘church.’

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John Kaminski, transcribed by Jeff Fenske:

3:00 “Americans are the criminals. And we’re allowing our government to murder at will and at random, and for strategic financial reasons. And we look the other way. And where are the church leaders in all of this?”

7:40 “I’m greatly disturbed that there’s no morality in this country, but it’s all fake. All of the preachers… commit the fatal flaw… to make the survival of your own discipline your #1 priority.”

11:20 “The business model becomes more important than the spiritual mission that you say that you’re on.”

12:00 “The dominant philosophers at this point are John McCain and Joe Lieberman.”

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Why Cant Religion Stop American Terror?

(5 MIN VIDEO) A REBUKE TO THE AMERICAN “WOLF PASTORS.” WAKE-UP!!!

Pastors laugh and mock those who tell the TRUTH while they teach LIES!

“For The TIME WILL COME when THEY WILL NOT LISTEN to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves TEACHERS AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS; and will TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, and turn aside to *FABLES*” (2 Tim. 4:3-4)

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A very hard video for me to make….BUT…..It was A MUST to make! I “WAS ANGRY” when I made this, but I “SINNED NOT” in recording it   (Facebook)

A REBUKE TO THE AMERICAN “WOLF PASTORS.” WAKE-UP!!!

(image) Are Churches This Bad?!! WarningThePeople.com rear window!

This seems like a stretch, but is it?

And this man does have a prophetic calling. I’ve posted many of his videos.

It really is true that virtually all churches today teach diabolical false doctrines and don’t have overseers who are blameless, which Paul’s elders’ qualifications requires and which Paul actually made sure he was: Paul worked out his own salvation through fear and trembling, running his race to win — and so can we. ‘ONE’ Can Happen!!!

Most are on the highway to hell, but we can be like Paul:

“For The TIME WILL COME when THEY WILL NOT LISTEN to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves TEACHERS AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS; and will TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, and turn aside to FABLES.” (2 Tim. 4:3-4)

“… I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.” (2 Tim. 4:7)

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Links:

WarningThePeople.com

youtube.com/user/warningthepeople/videos

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