Calvin on Pastors and the Authority of the Word

“Here is the supreme power with which pastors of the church, by whatever name they are called, should be invested – namely, to dare all boldly for the word of God, compelling all the virtue, glory, wisdom, and rank of the world to yield and obey its majesty; to command all from the highest to the lowest, trusting to its power to build up the house of Christ and overthrow the house of Satan; to feed the sheep and chase away the wolves; to instruct and exhort the docile, to accuse, rebuke, and subdue the the rebellious and petulant, to bind and loose; in fine, if need be, to fire and fulminate, but all in the word of God.” (Calvin,¬†Institutes IV.8.9)

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About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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