Following Jesus Christ or John Calvin? Comparing Calvin’s teaching to the teaching of the Bible, regarding free will and the role of women:

John Calvin:

All things being at God’s disposal, and the decision of salvation or death residing in Him, He orders all things by His counsel and decree in such a manner that some men are born destined from the womb for certain death, so that His name may be glorified in their destruction (Calvin, On God and Man, 52-53).

The Bible: 

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9, NIV).

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing (Matthew 23:37, NIV).

John Calvin:

The whole may be summed up thus: as the will of God is said to be the cause of all things, His providence is established as the governor in all the counsels and works of men (Calvin, On God and Man, 22).

The Bible:

If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing; whoever attacks you will surrender to you (Isaiah 54:15, NIV).

John Calvin:

[A woman] is formed to obey; for gunaikokratia (the government of women) has always been regarded by all wise persons as a monstrous thing; and, therefore, so to speak, it will be a mingling of heaven and earth, if women usurp the right to teach (Wilshire, Insight Into Two Biblical Passages, 79).

The Bible:

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28, NIV)

The Source of John Calvin’s Conclusions?

“Augustine everywhere teaches…” (Calvin, Institutes, 132).

The Source of Augustine’s Conclusions?

“the Platonists” (Augustine’s Confessions, Book VIII, Chapter II).

Concluding thought, from Paul’s letter to the Colossians:

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8, NIV).

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