John Calvin on Eradicating False Teaching with God’s Word

jordantmoody —  April 25, 2013 — Leave a comment

The truth Word of God is powerful and the author of that Word is supreme over all things. He makes his tarnished image bearer new again by planting His Word in their hearts and giving them the Holy Spirit by which to water the new life into a full vibrant believer. But the key to this life-giving power is the Word of God and its ability to slice through false teaching and cut down the superstition man-made religion. God’s word destroys error and implants truth.

If, as I lately said, we turn aside from it, how great soever the speed with which we move, we shall never reach the goal, because we are off the course. We should consider that the brightness of the Divine countenance, which even an apostle declares to be inaccessible (1 Tim. 6:16), is a kind of labyrinth, a labyrinth to us inextricable, if the Word do not serve us as a thread to guide our path; and that it is better to limp in the way, than run with the greatest swiftness out of it. Hence the Psalmist, after repeatedly declaring (Psalm 93, 96, 97, 99, &c). that superstition should be banished from the world in order that pure religion may flourish, introduces God as reigning; meaning by the term, not the power which he possesses and which he exerts in the government of universal nature, but the doctrine by which he maintains his due supremacy: because error never can be eradicated from the heart of man until the true knowledge of God has been implanted in it. 

– John Calvin,Image Institutes Of The Christian Religion

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I'm a Pastor/Teaching Elder at Hope Fellowship Church in New Ipswich, NH.

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