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six lectures delivered in the Theological Seminary at Princeton.

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CALVINISM A LIFE SYSTEM. centuries the impression

than Calvin, even zvork.

God

was vivid that

Himself,

it

23

was One greater

who had wrought

Hence, no general movement

in life

is

here His

so devoid

of deliberate compact, none so unconventional in which

spread

it

rise in

as

all

in

Calvinism had

the countries of Western Europe, and

not appear,

was

Simultaneously,

this.

its

among

it

its

did

those nations, because the University-

van, or because scholars led the people, or

because a magistrate placed himself at their head; but

from

sprang

it

the hearts

of the people themselves,

with weavers and farmers, with tradesmen and servants,

with it

women and young maidens and ;

exhibited the

same

characteristic

:

viz.,

in

every instance

strong Assurance

of eternal Salvation, not only without the intervention of the

Church," but even in opposition to the Church.

The human heart had attained unto eternal peace with its God strengthened by this Divine fellowship, it dis:

covered

its

high and holy calling to consecrate every

department of the

glory of

and every energy

life

God

:

and

at its disposal to

when those men or

therefore,

women, who had become partakers of this' Divine life, were forced *to abandon their faith, it proved impossible, that they could deny their Lord and thousands and ;

tens of thousands burned at the stake, not complaining

but

exulting,

with

psalms upon their this,

but

in Calvin

thanksgiving lips.

in

their

hearts

and

Calvin was not the author of

God who through his Holy Spirit had wrought that which He had wrought in them. Calvin

'Stood not above them, but as a brother

a sharer with them of God's blessing. Calvinism came to

its

by

their side,

In this way,

fundamental interpretation of *n

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

Calvinism a life-system - pagina 27

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

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