I praise God this morning to be free from the teachings of John Calvin and Martin Luther! At one time in my life I held them as great men of God as I was a 5-point Calvinist and held strongly to Unconditional Election, Eternal Security, and Sin-You-Must.
As far as I understand, by the Bible, both Calvin and Luther are murder’s and we know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him – no matter what a person’s lips may say (1Joh 3:15).
The lives and fruit of Luther and Calvin were not good. They were just part of another beast like unto the papal beast . This second beast looked like a lamb, but spake as a dragon (Rev 13:11) and murdered the children of God – just like the papal beast (Rev 13:1-8) and the pagan dragon (Rev 12:3-11) before it.
Luther wrote against the “Against the Robbing and Murdering Hordes of Peasants” and said “Let whoever can stab, smite, slay. If you die in doing it, good for you! A more blessed death can never be yours…”
There is no record of Luther repenting for encouraging the killing of the peasants. In fact, he later stated “I, Martin Luther, have shed the blood of the rebellious peasants; for I commanded them to be killed. Their blood is indeed upon my head; but I put it upon the Lord God, by whose command I spoke” (Table Talk, p. 276. Eisleben edition).
Calvin wrote to William Farel that “I hope that sentence of death will at least be passed on him; but I desired that the severity of the punishment be mitigated.” — Calvin to William Farel, August 20, 1553, Bonnet, Jules (1820–1892) Letters of John Calvin, Carlisle, Penn: Banner of Truth Trust, 1980, pp. 158–159. ISBN 0-85151-323-9.
Calvin wrote to William Farel that “if he [Servetus] shall come [to Geneva], I shall never permit him to depart alive, provided my authority be of any avail” and true to his word he was instrumental in seeing Servetus receive the death penalty. — This letter is contested by some so I have striked it out. Calvin didn’t repent of this murder, for some 8 years later he wrote to Marquis Paet, “Honour, glory, and riches shall be the reward of your pains; but above all, do not fail to rid the country of those scoundrels, who stir up the people to revolt against us. Such monsters should be exterminated, as I have exterminated Michael Servetus the Spaniard.”
This above quote is also contested so I have striked it out of this article. Daniel Knapp’s Anchored By Trust blog has a good blog post on The Execution of Servetus where he shows his research into this alleged letter from Calvin to Marquis Paet.
Also Wiki user Delta x has written a section John Calvin’s (alleged) letter to the Marquis du Poet (de Poët) – September 30, 1561 in the Talk:Michael Servetus of the Michael Servetus Wiki article.
John Calvin and Martin Luther were not the first to teach Unconditional Election, Eternal Security and Sin-You-Must. Not all that have taught these doctrines lived like Calvin and Luther, yet they are the fruit of that teaching.
Unconditional Election teaches that God pre-ordained before the world was created who would be saved, and that those who are not pre-ordained have no chance to be saved. This teaching will leave the saved with a false sense of security and the unsaved with no hope that they can do anything about their unsaved state.
Eternal Security teaches that once your saved, if you go back to your old life and live and die in sin, you will still go to heaven. This teaching gives a false sense of security and can work a carelessness in how you deal with temptations.
Sin-you-must teaches that you will continue to sin after being saved, and that a believer sins in word, thought, and deed daily. This teaching makes people easy prey to temptations and leaves them thinking that sin in a believer’s life is normal.
I here again renounce these three teachings as doctrines of devils (1Tim 4:1), and hold they are another gospel, motivated by another spirit, and teach another Jesus (2Cor 11:4).