Writings on Christianity

John Calvin on Spiritual Warfare

I’m presently working through John Calvin’s Institutes, and ran across a few helpful statements on spiritual warfare:

We must, then, bend our every effort to this goal: that we should not let ourselves be overwhelmed by carelessness or faintheartedness, but on the contrary, with courage rekindled stand our ground in combat.  Since this military service ends only at death, let us urge ourselves to perseverance.” 2.14.13

If we are minded to affirm Christ’s Kingdom as we ought, we must wage irreconcilable war with him who is plotting its ruin.  Again, if we care about our salvation at all, we ought to have neither peace nor truce with him who continually lays traps to destroy it.” 2.14.15

May the LORD help us not to be careless or fainthearded, but courage in our irreconcilable war with the devil and the demonic.

By Tom Schmidt

Christian, husband of Rach, Church Planter,musician,

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