Monday, October 12, 2009

Carnal and fatuous inventions

Calvin's Institutes (1559)
Book 4 of 4 - External Means by which God Invites Us into the Society of Christ and Holds Us Therein

Chapter 10 - Power of making laws: Pope's tool of tyranny
23-26 - Traditions and inventions in worship condemned by Scripture and Christ
23. Jesus will be "the sole lawgiver of His own worship." See Isa 29:13-14; Matt 15:9. This is also seen in 2 Kings 17:24-25, 32-33, 41; 22:1-2; 12:2; 14:3; 15:3, 34; 18:3; 16:10-18; 1 Kings 15:11; 22:43.
24. Messing with worship gives the creature more authority than the Creator. Their inventions are "carnal and fatuous things which truly resemble their authors."
25. They say Samuel's sacrifice in Ramah (1 Sam 7:17) and Manoah's (Judg 13:19) prove otherwise. But Samuel's was before a certain place for the ark had been given; Manoah's was extraordinary.
26. Christ warned against the leaven of the Pharisees - Matt 23:3; 16:6, 12. The leaven is their own tradition mixed with the purity of God's word. The people/sheep heard God's voice through such hirelings.

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