John Calvin – Superstition vs. True Worship

9 Mar

3. We are not to fashion God according to our own whim
Thus is overthrown that vain defense with which many are wont to gloss over their superstition. For they think that any zeal for religion, however preposterous, is sufficient. But they do not realize that true religion ought to be conformed to God’s will as to a universal rule; that God ever remains like himself, and is not a specter or phantasm to be transformed according to anyone’s whim. One can clearly see, too, how superstition mocks God with pretenses while it tries to please him. For, seizing almost solely upon what God has testified to be of no concern to himself, superstition either holds in contempt or else openly rejects that which he prescribes and enjoins as pleasing to himself. Thus all who set up their own false rites to God worship and adore their own ravings.

~John Calvin~

The Institutes of the Christian Religion (Louisville, KY; Westminster John Knox Press; 1974) Vol. 1.4.3. p. 49

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5 Responses to “John Calvin – Superstition vs. True Worship”

  1. preacher1124 March 9, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Reblogged this on Preacher12's Blog.

  2. al pino March 9, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    So true that we often find ourselves worshiping the ravings of our minds when it comes to God.

  3. lacykitkat March 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Reblogged this on HE STILL SPEAKS!.

  4. Ray Forthuber March 12, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    very amen!

  5. shunamitutankaowachi March 12, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    a very amen!

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