This is how we understood our common debt to the Reformation. Whereas Calvin spent his life in the quest for doctrinal unity, modern Evangelicalism is rooted in the rejection of that quest.
Cheers and singing followed him to the plate. These discoveries faced me with important questions. It was best to preach the new birth, and the power of godliness, and not to insist so much on the form: The seamless thread breaks.
He had insisted on the importance of unity and authority, but had rejected any rational or consistent basis for that authority.
This, in turn, caused me to question the whole Evangelical storyline: Augustine destroyed the final piece of my Evangelical view of history.
Early Church — Reformation — Evangelical Christianity, with one seamless thread running straight from one to the other.
Calvin wielded it frequently. Bolsec, just like most Evangelicals today, argued that he was a Christian, that he had the Holy Spirit and that, therefore, he had as much right as Calvin to interpret the Bible.
I chose Calvin not just because of my Presbyterian background, but because most American Protestants have some relationship to him. They could maintain the biblical ideal of doctrinal unity 1 Corinthians 1: He was a lawyer by training, and always hated any kind of social disorder.
Understanding the Calvinist Reformation Calvin was a second-generation Reformer, twenty-six years younger than Martin Luther Was I really sure the thread had held even that far?
One image in particular sticks in my mind. He begged the forgiveness of God, of the ministers and of the city council.
His own followers descended into anarchy and individualism. Ameaux was not alone. I found instead men and women who were single-minded in their devotion to Christ and inebriated with His grace.
The famous revivalist George Whitefield typified this view, going so far as to insist that Christ did not want agreement in other matters.I once heard a Protestant pastor preach a "Church History" sermon. He began with Christ and the apostles, dashed through the book of Acts, skipped over the.Download