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John Calvin: Theologian of the Burning Heart

A message to correct misconceptions concerning the ministry and life of John Calvin, and to refute the pernicious yet prevalent notion that the doctrinal emphasis of the Protestant Reformation inevitably tends toward ecclesiastical disunity, pastoral neglect, and pride.

For those acquainted with the great men and movements of the 16th century Protestant Reformation, the names of Luther, Calvin, Melanchthon, Cranmer, Beza, and Bucer, the doctrines of sola gratia, sola fide, and sola scriptura produce continual thanksgiving to God for rescuing His Church from the abyss of spiritual darkness in which she was then engulfed. It is highly appropriate that we should commemorate that blessed deliverance. In so doing, we praise and bless the name of the most High God, who did not allow the truths of his Word to remain corrupted forever by men of depraved minds, but who in his own time, raised up a new generation of leaders in his Church, who brought her back to the faith once for all delivered to the. saints, and to the Scriptures which gave her life.