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John Calvin vs. Seeker Churches
November 19, 2016, 2:06 pm
Filed under: Bible

John Calvin, on those who come to church to be entertained:

Consider how bad is the honor shown to God when people seek out vain curiosities in Holy Scripture, as when Ezekiel reprimands the Jews. (Ezek. 33: 31-33)   They came to him pretending to want to learn doctrine, to sit at his feet, saying, “We come here to be taught from the mouth of God.”   It was a wonderful thing to see their devotion, but God told them that they had come there as a man goes to hear a performer play a harp or flute, only to feed his ears with a pleasant song.   So when they did this they were only trying to mock God and profane his word.   Therefore, let us learn that God does not want temples here to play around and laugh in, as in a theater; but there must be a majesty in one’s words by which we may be moved and touched and receive profitable instruction which leads to salvation.   We must be nourished with this spiritual food so that we may feel that God does not speak to us in vain.

John Calvin’s Sermons on 1 Timothy (Kindle Locations 641-647). Kindle Edition.

In case you are busy and can’t look it up, here is the text to which he refers, Ezekiel 33:31-33:

“They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain. “Behold, you are to them like a sensual song by one who has a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument; for they hear your words but they do not practice them. “So when it comes to pass—as surely it will—then they will know that a prophet has been in their midst.”

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