Calvin the Cessationist

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We have sought nothing else these twenty-five years [roughly the time since Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, 31 Oct./1 Nov. 1517] but that the whole conflict should be ended in such a way that the victory should not fall to men, but should remain, as is fitting, with that teaching which was proclaimed by Christ and the apostles. Now too we are ready, if we are found guilty of teaching something contrary to [their teaching], not only to withdraw it but to attack it with total commitment. Therefore when miracles other than those by which the dignity of the gospel was ratified of old and demanded of us, no others need be produced but those which were performed through the apostles. For they happened once, but served to confirm the gospel forever. And what a wide field would be open for me here to speak both of the ingratitude and ill will and also of the shamelessness of those who not only demand that the gospel of Christ be established afresh by new miraculous signs, just as if it were new and of recent origin, but turn those very miracles which ought to contribute to its glory into a cause for insults and mockery!

 John Calvin, The Bondage and Liberation of the Will: A Defense of the Orthodox Doctrine of Human Choice against Pighius (pg. 13).

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12 Responses to Calvin the Cessationist

  1. John Harutunian says:

    Two comments:

    1. Does Calvin give any Scriptural references to support his point?

    2.”the shamelessness of those who not only demand that the gospel of Christ be established afresh by new miraculous signs” -Such a “demand” for “the fresh establishment of the gospel” might indeed be shameless. But it doesn’t characterize the charismatics whom I’ve known. My own pastor (of Boston’s Park Street Church [Conservative Congregational Christian Conference]) allows for glossolalia -and he’s a 5-point Calvinist.

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  3. Chris S says:

    Which lead to the other, the Benny Hinn picture or the Calvin excerpt?

  4. todd says:


    It’s not only in Reformed and Lutheran worship that people fall asleep during the service

  5. Anonymous says:

    It may have been their only escape short of suicide.

  6. Timothy says:

    It is interesting to see what Roman Catholics and Anabaptists have in common

  7. todd says:

    We should have a caption contest for the picture:

    What about

    “O come on – why always during the offering”

    “Those Old Spice ads lied!”

  8. Zrim says:

    John H., 1.) there is only an editorial note pointing to Calvin’s works in answering Roman Catholic (and Erasmus’s) demands for miracles; I’m thinking there are likely Scriptural texts cited there, since this is more or less a passing comment Calvin is making in response to Pighius. 2.) I’m not sure what the relation is between glossolalia and the rebuttals to the Arminians. I mean, I would think there are five-point Arminians who are cessationsists.

    Chris S., the Calvin quote begat the pic.

    Timothy, agreed. It’s sort of like how fundamentalists and liberals have more in common than either would be willing to admit, to borrow from Thomas Oden.

    Todd, how about, “You want miracles? I got your miracles right here.”

  9. Chuck Bridgeland says:

    “we are assailed by two sects…”

    Same claim. The RCs are just more sedate and cerebral about its practice.

  10. RubeRad says:

    Are joo talkin to me!?

  11. says:

    John Calvin says God doesn’t do miracles anymore, yet he says Satan can:

    ”We must remember that Satan has his miracles, too.” – John Calvin

    He’s being inconsistent with his teaching. Satan mostly counterfeits what God does.
    Cessationism is totally unbiblical. The Spirit of God is not limited by whether the Apostles are alive or not, regarding miracles and gifts of the Spirit. God is an almighty God.

    Revelation 19:10 calls the Holy Spirit “the spirit of prophecy”, thus as long as the Holy Spirit is on earth, prophecy has not ceased, and thus none of the other gifts of the Spirit have ceased.

    Matthew 7:22 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?”

    How is it possible that they prophesied, if the gift of prophecy has ceased?

    (1 Corinthians 12:11) But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
    As long as the body of Christ is still on earth, the Spirit still divides the gifts to the members of ‘that one body’.
    The gifts of the Spirit are needed to have a fully biblical, healthy congregation.

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