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

Burning Wizards 16th

…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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(video) Sam Robson: ‘I Need Thee O I Need Thee’ – SOLO, 9-PART Acapella — “I need Thee every hour / Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh”

 

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessèd Son.

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

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I Need Thee O I Need Thee – Acapella Arrangement

Published on May 4, 2013

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As my previous Hymn arrangement “It Is Well With My Soul” went down so well, I decided to do another choral style arrangement.

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Lyrics:
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessèd Son.

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

(video) Sam Robson: ‘O Holy Night’ – SOLO 8-PART Acapella Arrangement!

!!!!!!!WoW!!!!!!! Sam sings 6 & 8-part harmony starting at 50 second mark!

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Truly He taught us to  love  one another, 
His law is love and His gospel is peace. 
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. 
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With ALL our  hearts  we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
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(video) Sam Robson: ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ – SOLO MULTI-VOICE Acapella — Then I go to my brother / And I say brother help me please / But he winds up knockin’ me / Back down on my knees

‘ONE’ with each other in Him WILL HAPPEN “that the world will know” – Jesus prayer for us in John 17!

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Then I go to my brother
And I say brother help me please
But he winds up knockin’ me
Back down on my knees

But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will

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Sam Cooke – A Change is Gonna Come – Acapella arrangement!

Published on Oct 23, 2016

My humble arrangement of a classic song from the mid 60’s.
It beautifully touches on the race issues within those times and with that I hope that my interpretation does not take away from it’s original intent.

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Lyrics:
I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I’ve been running ev’r since
It’s been a long time, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die
‘Cause I don’t know what’s up there, beyond the sky
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

I go to the movie and I go downtown
Somebody keep tellin’ me don’t hang around
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Then I go to my brother
And I say brother help me please
But he winds up knockin’ me
Back down on my knees,

There have been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will

(video) Sam Robson: ‘Down to the River to Pray’ Spiritual – SOLO MULTI-VOICE Acapella

Down to the River to Pray Hymn/Spiritual – Acapella Arrangement

Published on Jun 16, 2016

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Inspired by the amazing version that features on the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.
This lead was very humbling as Alison Krauss’s voice is unmatchable in its delivery, hopefully I did it justice.

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Lyrics:
As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the starry crown
Good Lord, show me the way.

O sisters/brothers, let’s go down,
Let’s go down, come on down
O sisters, let’s go down
Down in the river to pray

As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good old way
And who shall wear the robe and crown
Good Lord, show me the way.

O mothers/fathers, let’s go down
Let’s go down, come on down
Come on, brothers, let’s go down
Down in the river to pray

O sinners lets go down
Down to the river to pray

(video) Sam Robson: ‘Oh What A Time’ – SOLO MULTI-PART Acapella Arrangement!

Oh What A Time – Acapella Arrangement!

Published on May 15, 2016

As sung by The Breath of Life Quartet and The Gaither Vocal band, form taken from the Gaither version.

I arranged and recorded this years ago but never actually did anything with it. However after rediscovering it I re-sung some of the vocals and added tambourine and now it’s good to go!

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Lyrics:
Oh my Lord what a time
Oh my Lord what a time
From this old world we’ll flee
To live eternally
Oh my Lord what a time

In that fair land
There will be no more night
No sun or moon
For the Lamb of God is light
It’s good to know
That He’s prepared the way
To a bright and endless day

From this old world (from this old world we’ll flee)
Gonna live (to live eternally)
With Christ (with Christ our blessed Lord)
In a home (in the heavenly high)
We’ll shout (we’ll shout)
And sing (and sing)
We’ll walk (we’ll walk)
And talk (and talk)
We’ll shout (we’ll shout)
And sing (and sing)
We’ll walk (we’ll walk)
And talk (and talk)

We’ll shout (we’ll shout)
And praise His name
Everyday (every day will be the same)
Oh my Lord
My burden bearer
My help in trouble
My joy in sorrow
My light in darkness
My sword and shield

(video) Sam Robson & Friends: ‘Glad About It’ – Acapella Gospel! — “I feel your spirit moving in me / Makes me love my enemies”

 

Glad About It – Acapella Gospel! – Featuring Vade, Fiona and Natalie Donkor

Published on Mar 23, 2016

A classic track by Gerald Scott & Co. Also covered by amazing artists such as The Walls Group and Zacardi Cortez.

I’m proud to announce that everyone in the video is from the UK, I have met every one of these folks in person and they have been nothing but a joy to work with. I’ve always wanted to do a project of this level and thanks to my good friend Philip for recording Vade and putting me contact with the Donkor Sisters, we were able to pull this off!

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James Rose: https://www.youtube.com/user/jrosejazz

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Lyrics:

I feel your spirit moving in me X4

Makes me love my enemies

Makes me love me friends

Won’t let me be ashamed

I’ve been born again! X2

I’m glad I got Jesus living in me X4

Soothes my doubts

Calms all my fears

Gives me what I need

Wipes away all my tears X2