Why did the great “reformers” feel the need to break away from the Catholic church? Was this reformation spiritually successful? What fruit did this movement produce, and to what root can we trace the fruit of those who embrace “reformed theology” today?
Join Monica Dennington as she goes straight to God’s Word to find out if it is possible to get good fruit from a bad root.
John Calvin and Michael Servetus
Michael Servetus was declared a heretic by the Catholic and Reformed Church alike, as well as by John Calvin. Calvin had him arrested in Geneva, composed a list of accusations against Servetus, and then the Protestant Geneva governing council condemned him to death by burning.
The most vocal modern-day Calvinists choose to justify this action, instead of renouncing it as murder in the sight of God and reprehensible for a man claiming to be a Christian. For those who claim that Calvin had limited authority and little or no responsibility in this murder, please see the following excerpts:
“Calvin wrote a letter…on 13 February 1547 noting that if Servetus were to come [to Geneva], he would not assure him safe conduct: “for if he came, as far as my authority goes, I would not let him leave alive.””
…and in a letter written by Calvin about a week after Servetus arrest:
“I hope that sentence of death will at least be passed on him; but I desired that the severity of the punishment be mitigated.”
“Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.”
I John 3:15
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