Calvin’s Response To Being Forced To Observe Christmas


This deserves a careful reading. Thank you, Sherry!

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Now, I see here today more people that I am accustomed to having at the sermon. Why is that? It is Christmas day. And who told you this? You poor beasts. That is a fitting euphemism for all of you who have come here today to honor Noel. Did you think you would be honoring God? Consider what sort of obedience to God your coming displays. In your mind, you are celebrating a holiday for God, or turning today into one but so much for that. In truth, as you have often been admonished, it is good to set aside one day out of the year in which we are reminded of all the good that has occurred because of Christ’s birth in the world, and in which we hear the story of his birth retold, which will be done Sunday. But if you think that Jesus Christ was born…

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4 thoughts on “Calvin’s Response To Being Forced To Observe Christmas

    • Cathy, yes, it’s true. Some think that Calvin was a kind of king in Geneva, but he was constantly moving against the stream, teaching people whose conscience had been formed by the superstition and nominalism of Roman Catholicism. Every reformer even Luther wanted to do away with Catholic feastdays.

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