Calvinism Pure and Mixed

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We believe that the whole will of God, and all necessary precepts, for every part of this life, are fully delivered in this law. For example, a Jesuit named Juan Mariana taught, in great detail, the lawfulness of the murder of rulers, as far back as 1599; and his book bore the imprimatur of the Jesuit Order – the Order gave permission for it to be published, its doctrines having been previously sanctioned by “learned and distinguished” Jesuits. The only way that can be accomplished is if each and every person achieved a certain level of education.
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On the Christian Life

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The truth of the matter is that self-reliance is best fostered by free political institutions and a decentralized government. Many modern libertarians assume that religion and liberty are necessarily in opposition. Love, more than any other quality—more than justice, mercy, knowledge, or power—uniquely communicates to us something essential of who God is. Calvinists supported constitutional representative government and the separation of church and state. Zwingli was a scholar and preacher who moved to Zurich – the then-leading city state – in 1518, a year after Martin Luther began the Reformation in Germany with his Ninety-five Theses.
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Charles Hodge: The Covenant of Grace

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But precisely because we must part ways with him on these points, it means we are free to judge his ideas and proposals not by a standard of novelty or futurity, but rather simply by standards of verity, regarding doctrine, and utility, regarding practice. People who bought indulgences believed that this document could pave their way to heaven. This may be one reason for the resolve and subsequent successes of the Dutch rebels in defending cities. Bucer plainly held that the penal sanctions of the Older Testament were the best ever devised, being authored by God Himself, and thus should be enacted in all Christian states. [14] Calvin's high regard for Bucer may be seen in the following statement by Calvin: Martin Bucer, a most faithful doctor of the Church of Christ, besides his rare learning and copious knowledge of many things, besides his clearness of wit, much reading and other many and various virtues (wherein he is almost by none now living excelled, has few equals, and excels most), has this praise peculiar to himself, that none in this age has used exacter diligence in the exposition of Scripture. [15] This statement is important in two respects.
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Christianity and Liberalism

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In contrast, practical matters, like dealing in real estate, are transformed into sciences rewarded by degrees. Nonetheless, gamely pursue the subject with them. Calvin overlooked in these statements the vital difference which accounts for his aberration from the ancient system. I mentioned this to a pastor and several friends and basically got a "don't rock the boat" response...you know, for the sake of the "new-borns in Christ. The question of who had such evidence of eligibility naturally generated divisiveness and led, ironically, to the pluralism and church-state separation the Puritans generally did not want but which has become so central to American society.
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The Identity and the Life of the Church: John Calvin's

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Reprinted from New Horizons of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, as posted at http://www.opc.org/new_horizons/calvinist_on_orthodoxy.html. You might not be convinced to stay (or come back), but you will definitely have a lot to think about. ...more I am tired of reading McLaren with the mindset of an open-minded Christian setting out to defend him from my less generous brothers and sisters. He reinterpreted some of these passages, and suggested that others of them had been rendered irrelevant by changed conditions.
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Perseverance of the Saints

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Whereas the debt/satisfaction theory emphasizes that Christ paid the debt that we owe God, the penal theory emphasizes that Christ received the punishment we deserve. Yet upon that simple, unquestioning faith the Church was built up and is held together to this day. It had already declared its independence from the Savoyard bishop who had been its ruler in 1526. Why does the Apostle Peter warn the believers not to “fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked,” if such persons are not believers (2 Peter 3:17)?
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Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices

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Possibly Charles Wesley, brother of the more famous John Wesley, has had as much influence through his hymns, which crossed denominational lines through congregational singing, and became a part of the theology of many Christians. Good works were not a means to salvation, but they were a sign of having been chosen. The five essential doctrines of the Protestant Reformation are as follows: 1 - Sola Scriptura, “Scripture Alone.” The Bible alone is the sole authority for all matters of faith and practice.
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Why Four Gospels? (The Pink Collection Book 56)

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The FPF join together the most French protestant Churches and associations, in the diversity of the various protestant and evangelical sensibilities since the Reformation: Lutheran, Baptist, Reformed, Charismatic and Pentecostal one. A newer mall just a block east of Debrecen Plaza. The result was that for much of the second half of the war it was as much about rivalry between France and the Habsburg rulers of Austria and Spain, and about the politics of the empire, as about the Protestant-Catholic divide.
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Augustine's Writings on Grace and Free WIll

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The founders of New England unfortunately carried over many of the atrocities and the fanatic intolerance of the Old World, but the Plymouth Colony was never as extreme as their Puritan neighbors to the north. The Dutch successes owed not only to his tactical skill but also to the financial burden Spain incurred replacing ships lost in the disastrous campaign of the Spanish Armada in 1588, and the need to refit its navy to recover control of the sea after the subsequent English counter attack.
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A cry for life: An interpretation of "Calvinism" and Calvin

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After 1619, Remonstrants were deprived throughout the Netherlands; in Scotland, many Episcopalians were deprived after 1639, and Presbyterians were deprived in about one-fourth of its thousand parishes after 1661. In fact, it says nothing whatsoever about the extent of the atonement. By 1561, there were 2150 Huguenot churches in France and Calvinists were estimated to be about 10% of the population – about 1 million people. Protestantism was its religious guide, and Calvinistic Puritanism particularly powerful in its formation.
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