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The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543) by John Calvin (Written in 1543 this short book covers the principal disputes of the first Reformation. Kevin Reed summarizes the main points of this treatise as follows: "Calvin declares the biblical doctrine of justification. The reformer also unfolds the wider scope of the Reformation, as he states the need to restore biblical doctrine and practice regarding the proper means of worship, the correct administration of the sacraments, and the government of the church. Calvin defends the reformers against the charge of schism. He rebukes the spirit of ungodly toleration which masquerades as 'moderation.' The Necessity of Reforming the Church is more than just an historic monument to the Reformation. It is a spiritual manifesto, calling us to repentance in our own era of religious corruption.") This book is also free in MP3 audio beginning at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonid=1280211493.

Institutes of the Christian Religion by JOHN CALVIN
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Instrumental Music in Public Worship: The Views of John Calvin by John Calvin and John Girardeau

Calvin, Close Communion and the Coming Reformation (a book review of Alexander and Rufus... by John Anderson [1862]) by Dr. Reg Barrow (Shows how Calvin practiced close communion and how the biblical view of this ordinance is intended to purify the individual, church and state. Refutes the Popish and paedocommunion heresies (regarding this sacrament), as well as all views of open communion. Also argues that Arminians, anti-paedobaptists, anti-regulativists, and all those who openly violate the law of God [and are unrepentant] should be barred from the Lord's table -- as a corrective measure ordained of God for their recovery. This is Reformation History Notes number two.)

John Calvin Sermon 30 on Deuteronomy, Concerning the Holy Law of God.

A Book Review of John Calvin's Shunning the Unlawful Rites of the Ungodly and Preserving the Purity of the Christian Religion by Wes Bredenhof

JOHN CALVIN: ENDURING PERSECUTION FOR CHRIST

How John Calvin Led Me to Repent of Christian Psychology by Pastor Steven J. Cole (Must reading!)
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Calvin and Servetus by William Wileman (At Banner of Truth. Good history, weak on the biblical view of civil government [see Civil Government, Civil Resistance, God's Law, etc.] and liberty of conscience [see Samuel Rutherford's Free Disputation Against Pretended Liberty of Conscience).

John Calvin Treatise Against the Anabaptists.

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Sermons:

A Sermon by John Calvin on Deuteronomy 2:26-37, concerning God's sovereign Providence, and his Righteousness in Hardening the Hearts of Sinners by Effectual Error, as well as commanding the slaughter of nations rebelling against his will.

A Sermon by John Calvin on Deuteronomy 4:44-5:3, concerning the Holy Law of God, as it was given to the People of Israel in a Covenant, uniting them to him as his People, and standing to the present day as a most Perfect Doctrine to give Pure Light to all the children of God.

A Sermon by John Calvin on Job 32:4-10, concerning Elihu's prudence in listening unto his elders before presuming to speak his own thoughts, wherein are to be found sundry reproofs of young men, who, not minding to flee youthful lusts, are given over to an overgreat fondness of themselves and their own wisdom.

4 Sermons by John Calvin on Isaiah 38, upon the Song that Hezekiah made after he had been sick, and afflicted by the hand of God, useful to instruct those who are under affliction in how they ought to call upon the Lord for deliverance, as well as to instruct those who have been delivered in how they ought to give glory to God so as to make his mercies to be remembered for all time to come; With an Appendix containing a Meditation on Psalm 51, written by another author.

A Sermon by John Calvin on 1 Timothy 2.1-2, concerning the Duty of Civil Rulers to Enforce and Defend the True Religion and True Godliness in their Realms by drawing out the sword against all Heretics and others who trouble the Church, and by strictly punishing whoredom, drunkenness, dancing, stageplays, &c.

A Sermon by John Calvin on 1 Timothy 2:12-14, concerning (1) the right use of authority, and (2) the original sin of our first father & mother; all tending to promote that godly humility which ought to be exhibited in the life of every Christian man & woman.

A Sermon by John Calvin on 1 Timothy 2:13-15, concerning the true calling of women, the honourableness of housewifery before God, and the purity of God's ordinance of marriage; and likewise shewing the blasphemy and horrible sins into which those fall who despise this blessed vocation.

A Sermon by John Calvin on 1 Timothy 3:1-4, concerning the qualifications for Shepherds in the Church, wherein is discovered the difference between the Popish Clergy with their wicked Hierarchy, and the true Church of Jesus Christ with the faithful ministers thereof.

A Sermon by John Calvin on Titus 2:3-5, on how women ought to conduct themselves, and how all of us in general must take heed to live righteously that the Gospel be not blasphemed on account of our misconduct.

Treatises:

A Short Treatise on The Holy Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ. by John Calvin

The Best Method of Obtaining Concord, Provided the Truth be Sought without Contention. (Concerning the Lord's Supper.) by John Calvin

A Short Instruction for to arm all good Christian people against the pestiferous errours of the common sect of Anabaptists. (Treatise against Anabaptist Schleitheim Confession.) by John Calvin

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Institutes of the Christian Religion by JOHN CALVIN
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Necessity of Reforming the Church by JOHN CALVIN
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On Shunning the Unlawful Rites of the Ungodly by JOHN CALVIN
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War Against The Idols: The Reformation of Worship From Erasmus to Calvin

Does Not God Count My Steps? By John Calvin
 
Separation From False Worship, Idolatry & Popish Principles by JOHN CALVIN
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Suffering Outside the Camp: Separation & Suffering for Christ by JOHN CALVINFree MP3s (audio) at http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonsspeaker&sermonID=7210112851

Dr. Francis Nigel Lee - Eschatology of Victory in the Theology of Calvin (Eschatology of Victory Series 8/14) (audio MP3)

Dr. Francis Nigel Lee - Eschatology of Victory in the Ethics of John Calvin (Eschatology of Victory Series 9/14) (audio MP3)

Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church 1/3 (The Second Commandment In Covenanter, Puritan & Reformation Worship) by John Calvin and others.

Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church 2/3 (The Second Commandment In Covenanter, Puritan & Reformation Worship) by John Calvin and others.

Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church 3/3 (The Second Commandment In Covenanter, Puritan & Reformation Worship) by John Calvin and others.

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John Calvin: The Theologian of the Reformation by Brian Borgman (An excellent message, but contains errors on church state issues and promotes an errant view of baptism. Also, click here for excellent Biblical book on errors the Anabaptists, which is free online.)

Life of a Christian Man by JOHN CALVIN
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On the Role and Behaviour of Christian Women by JOHN CALVIN
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Does Not God Count My Steps? (John Calvin's Sermons on Job) by JOHN CALVIN
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Election and Reprobation - Concerning Jacob and Esau by JOHN CALVIN
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The Secret Providence of God (Calvin's Calvinism) by JOHN CALVIN
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Sermons on Job #1 (Introduction) by JOHN CALVIN
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Sermons on Job #2 (Riches, Poverty, Family, etc.) by JOHN CALVIN
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The Salvation of All Men
 by JOHN CALVIN (Deals with Calvin's view of the atonement.)
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The Mystery of Godliness by JOHN CALVIN
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Seeking the Lord's Face by JOHN CALVIN
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The Importance of Outward Means of Grace
 by JOHN CALVIN
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When Curse Becomes Blessing (Justification) by JOHN CALVIN
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Commentary on Jeremiah and Lamentations by John Calvin

On the Role and Behaviour of Christian Women by John Calvin

Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church by JOHN CALVIN and other Puritans, Covenanters and Reformers
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Separation From False Worship, Idolatry & Popish Principles by John Calvin
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Suffering Outside the Camp by John Calvin
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Seeking the Lord's Face by John Calvin
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The Importance of Outward Means of Grace by John Calvin
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John Calvin at Monergism (John Calvin Multimedia)

Calvin, John Acts of the Council of Trent with the Antidote

Calvin, John Necessity of Reforming the Church, The

Calvin, John Psychopannychia

Calvin, John Sadolet's Letter and Calvin's Reply

Calvin, John Sermon on the Deity of Jesus Christ

Calvin, John Sermon on the Nativity of Jesus Christ

Calvin, John Sermon on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 1st

Calvin, John Sermon on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 2nd

Calvin, John Sermon on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 3rd

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Calvin, John Sermon on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 7th

Calvin, John Sermon on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 8th

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Calvin, John Sermon on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Calvin, John Treatise of the Eternal Predestination of God, A

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Absolved Only Through the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Call to Witness, The

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Doctrine of Election, The

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Freedom from the Bondage of the Law

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Justification Is by Grace Alone

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Many Functions of God, The

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Mystery of Godliness, The

Calvin, John Various Sermons: On Discerning Who Belongs to the True Church

Calvin, John Various Sermons: On Glorying Only in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Calvin, John Various Sermons: On Perverting the Gospel of Christ

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Pure Preaching of the Word

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Ravening Wolves Who Wreak Havoc

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Calvin, John Various Sermons: Salvation of All Men, The

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Sermon on the First Chapter of Ephesians, The 1st

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Sermon on the First Chapter of Ephesians, The 2nd

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Sermon on the First Chapter of Ephesians, The 3rd

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Sermon on the First Chapter of Ephesians, The 4th

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Sermon on the First Chapter of Ephesians, The 5th

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Sermon on the First Chapter of Ephesians, The 6th

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Sermon on the First Chapter of Ephesians, The 7th

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Sermon on the First Chapter of Ephesians, The 8th

Calvin, John Various Sermons: Spirituality of the Law, The

Calvin, John Various Sermons: We All Stand Condemned by the Law

Calvin, John Various Sermons: When Curse Becomes Blessing

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John Calvin - On Shunning the Unlawful Rites of the Ungodly and Preserving the Purity of the Christian Religion (1537)
Herein Calvin maintains the sinfulness of outward conformity to false worship. Dealing with a major problem of his day, Calvin shows that false worship should never be tolerated or participated in (even by your bodily presence), no matter what the cost -- whether it be persecution, exile, or death. Available as both searchable PDF and audio (MP3) files on these CDs.

John Calvin - Calvin's Calvinism: Treatises on the Eternal Predestination of God and the Secret Providence of God.

John Calvin - Election and Reprobation Concerning Jacob and Esau (on 13 audio MP3s)

John Calvin - Catechism of the Church of Geneva, Being A Form of Instruction For Children.

John Calvin - Necessity of Reforming the Church (1544)
Though this work is not an elaborate systematic presentation of the foundations of Christianity, such as Calvin's Institutes, it has still been correctly acknowledged as one of the most important documents of the Reformation.

John Calvin - Calvin on the Free Offer of the Gospel
These words may shock many, but they are the words of John Calvin and they clearly show that Calvin believed in and taught what has come to be known as the free offer of the gospel.

John Calvin - An Exhortation to Suffer Persecution and to Flee Outward Idolatry (1553)

John Calvin - Acts of the Council of Trent: With the Antidote

John Calvin - Defending the Reformation: John Calvin Debates the Romanist Sadolet

John Calvin - The Rise of the Papacy with Proof from Daniel and Paul that the Pope is Antichrist

John Calvin - Separation From False Worship, Idolatry, & Popish Principles (from Come Out From Among Them: The "Anti-Nicodemite" Writings of John Clavin, audio MP3)

John Calvin - Suffering Outside the Camp: Separation & Suffering for Christ (from Come Out From Among Them, audio MP3)

John Calvin - Seeking the Lord's Face (from Come Out From Among Them, Psalm 27, audio MP3)

John Calvin - The Importance of Outward Means of Grace (from Come Out From Among Them, audio MP3)

John Calvin - "The Second Sermon Upon the First Chapter of Job (or "Feasts and Godly Children") on Job 1:2-5," from the book Sermons on the Book of Job (1574).

John Calvin - Psalm 119:1-8 (1) (audio MP3)

John Calvin - Sermons on Job #1 (Introduction) (audio MP3)

John Calvin - Sermons on Job #2 (Riches, Poverty, Family, etc.) (audio MP3)

John Calvin and John Girardeau - Instrumental Music in Public Worship: The Views of John Calvin, the Westminster Assembly, Many English Puritans, the Scottish Church, the churches of Holland in the Synods of the Reformed Dutch Church (soon after the Reformation), Zwingle, Spurgeon, et al.
"Instruments were first introduced into use (in public worship) by the Roman Catholic Church in the thirteenth century. The Calvinistic Reformed Church ejected instrumental music from its services as a element of Popery. The historical argument combines with the scriptural and the confessional arguments to raise a solemn and powerful protest against the employment of instruments in public worship by the Presbyterian Church (or any other church seeking to remain faithful to Scripture)" adapted from Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church by John L. Girardeau.

John Calvin - The Unity of the Reformed Churches
With a Pastor's heart, Calvin's concern for Church unity can be clearly seen in these letters written to Farel, Melanchthon and Bullinger. Calvin's only letter to Martin Luther is also included.John Calvin - The True Method of Giving Peace to Christendom and of Reforming the Church (1548)

Dr. Reg Barrow - Calvin, Close Communion, and the Coming Reformation (a book review of Alexander and Rufus... by John Anderson [1862])
Shows how Calvin practiced close communion and covenanting -- and how a biblical view of these ordinances is intended to purify the individual, church, and state. Refutes the Popish and paedocommunion heresies (regarding the Lord's Supper), as well as all views of open communion. Also argues that Arminians, anti-paedobaptists, anti-regulativists, and all those who openly violate the law of God [and are unrepentant] should be barred from the Lord's table -- as a corrective measure ordained of God for their recovery. This is Reformation History Notes number two.

Dr. Reg Barrow - Would John Calvin Excommunicate John Frame?

Greg Barrow - The Covenanted Reformation Defended (1998)
An unsurpassed work, citing original source documents from the Westminster Divines (and the Covenanted Reformation that gave us the Westminster Standards), Calvin's Geneva, and a broad range of other classic Reformation sources, documenting what true biblical Reformation is -- as opposed to the almost complete defection from biblical Reformation attainments among modern Presbyterian and Reformed churches in our day. Originally written in the context of a debate with neopresbyterian Richard [Dick] Bacon. (http://www.swrb.com/newslett/FREEBOOK/GBarrow.htm). Must reading for anyone who is serious about the truth of Scripture as formulated by some of the most faithful Christians thus far in history.

James Douglas - Strictures on Occasional Hearing (1820, second edition)
One of the best books on biblical separation (including some very interesting information about John Calvin's views), this book is found in the FREE BOOKS file of all the Reformation Bookshelf CDs.

David Hay Fleming - The Hymnology of the Scottish Reformation (1884)
A courteous and detailed historical defence of the exclusive Psalmody of the Scottish Reformers, Calvin and others.

Dr. Francis Nigel Lee - Calvin's Convincing Antipaedocommunionism
This fascinating book contains much useful information concerning some of the first steps toward understanding close communion in Calvin's writing and thought (for more see Reg Barrow's Calvin, Close Communion, and the Coming Reformation), while primarily demonstrating how Calvin refuted the very dangerous error of paedocommunion -- which is a form of open communion. This book is in the "free books" file in all the Reformation Bookshelf CDs.

Dr. Francis Nigel Lee - Calvin on Islam (2000)

Dr. Francis Nigel Lee - The Anti-Preterist Historicism of John Calvin and the Westminster Standards (2000)

James Chyrstie - Terms of Church Union and Communion
After having witnessed "Calvinists and avowed Arminians at the table of the Lord, under the influence of a disposition to esteem their differences of no importance," the author began to question his own loose views regarding terms of admission to the Lord's supper. This eventually led to this book. Promotes the necessity of agreement to faithful creeds and confessions, as prerequisites to unity and for partaking at the Lord's table. Deals with: the difference between essentials and non-essentials; which creeds are faithful; Calvin's and Augustine's views; and the arguments from Holy Scripture.

Theodore Beza - De Haereticis: A ciuili magistratu puniendis libellus (1554)
For Latin readers. Appeared in 1554 as a defense of Calvin's willingness, based on biblical law, to execute seditious heretics like Servetus (for Calvin saw this as the civil magistrate's God-given duty). In this work, Whether the Civil Magistrate Ought to Punish Heretics, "Beza argued... [m]agistrates in Christian states are representatives of God and are bound by the Word of God in spiritual matters" (cited in Greaves, Theology and Revolution in the Scottish Reformation [Christian University Press, 1980, p. 153]).


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EIRE, CARLOS M.N.

War Against the Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin

Eire shows that as the Reformation progressed the primary focus of the Reformers became upholding God's sovereign prerogative in worship -- what today is called the regulative principle of worship. Eire's _War Against the Idols_ demonstrates the extent of the Reformers clear condemnation of Arminianism in worship (i.e. will-worship [Col. 2:23]) in rejecting all elements of worship that did not have Scriptural warrant. In fact, Calvin was so intent on highlighting this point, concerning the centrality of worship (and the application of *Sola Scriptura* as exhibited in the regulative principle of worship), that he placed worship ahead of salvation in his list of the two most important elements of Biblical Christianity.

Regarding Calvin's On the Necessity of Reforming the Church Eire notes,

Calvin speaks about the nature of worship and about the seriousness of the sin of idolatry in his 1543 treatise, On the Necessity of Reforming the Church, where he concentrates on the significance of worship for the Christian religion. Calvin's argument, as indicated by the title of the treatise, is that the Church had reached such a corrupt state that its reform could wait no longer. The most significant aspect of corruption singled out by Calvin is the perversion of worship, and it is in explaining this issue that he set forth the basis for his attack on idolatry.

Calvin begins by studying the place that worship holds in the Christian faith, and he concludes that it is one of the two elements that define Christianity:

"If it be asked, then, by what things chiefly the Christian religion has a standing amongst us, and maintains its truth, it will be found that the following two not only occupy the principal place, but comprehend under them all the other parts, and consequently the whole substance of Christianity, viz., a knowledge first, of the right way to worship God; and secondly of the source from which salvation is to be sought. When these are kept out of view, though we may glory in the name of Christians, our profession is empty and vain."

(War Against the Idols, p. 198 citing from Calvin's On the Necessity of Reforming the Church)

The scholarly translational work found in Eire's book also gives insights into the worship question not found in any other English history books (concerning Calvin, Knox, and a host of others) -- for it contains much from previously untranslated (into English that is) Reformation documents.

A large portion of this book centers on Calvin, but its major thrust is to reveal the single most burning issue confronting the Reformers: purity of worship! Furthermore, this book's teaching regarding the Reformers (and their view of the Scriptural law of worship) is as applicable today as it was in the days of the first Reformation -- for it demonstrates the time tested Biblical principles which guard against the errors, excesses, and idolatries of the Roman harlot, Eastern Orthodoxy and all liturgical innovators on one hand and the modern "evangelicals," Anabaptists and Charismatics on the other. This is, without a doubt, one of the best Reformation history books available -- stirring, scholarly, relevant and edifying!

As far as we know this book may be out of print in the near future, so those interested would be advised to obtain a copy as soon as possible.

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Come Out From Among Them: The "Anti-Nicodemite" Writings of John Calvin

Much of Calvin's best work still lays buried in languages other than English (as Eire's book War Against The Idols: The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin [http://www.swrb.com/catalog/E.htm] testifies). This will no longer be the case with these fine sermons and writings, of which most are now translated, for the first time ever, into English!

Calvin placed the central emphasis of the Reformation not on the doctrine of salvation alone, but equally upon the foundation of biblically-regulated worship. The works contained in this newly compiled edition find Calvin at his "ballistic" best as he refutes and rebukes all those who would undermine the Reformation, by compromising the truth of Christ, in their outward attendance among those who practice idolatrous acts of "worship" (i.e. those referred to as the "Nicodemites").

Here we find Calvin calling for separation from all churches which embrace idolatrous worship. He takes the bold and Biblical stand that only the most seriously committed Reformers ever understood (like Knox), even proclaiming that it is better to worship privately in your home than to engage in dissimulation by participating in ordinances of worship which are known to be false. For Calvin clearly taught,

When the spiritual government doth degenerate, the consciences of the godly are at liberty, and set free from obeying unjust authority; especially if the wicked and profane enemies of holiness do falsely pretend the title of priesthood (i.e. clergy--OC) to overthrow the doctrine of salvation (as do Arminians, Neonomians, Antinomians, Dispensationalists, etc.--OC), and challenge to themselves such authority, as that they will be thereby equal with God (i.e. making the law of God void through human traditions; e.g. humanly composed hymns, instrumental music, choirs, holy-days, etc.--OC)" (Calvin as cited in The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness magazine).

As Calvin's words once again thunder down the corridors of the centuries, in the common language of the people, they will certainly ring true in the ears of those who hear the Master's voice, providing a firm foundation for future Reformation(s). This title also contains another excellent "Publishers Introduction" by Kevin Reed, which we believe is worth the price of the book on its own. Combined with Calvin's work (which is easily worth its weight in gold), this is a must read for serious modern Reformers.

Come Out From Among Them: The "Anti-Nicodemite" Writings of John Calvin is also now available for the first time ever in English on the new Presbyterian Heritage Publications CD, with many other classic Reformation works (for $98.98 US funds). Summaries and a full list of titles contained on the PHP CD are listed at http://www.swrb.com/catalog/R.htm under "REED, KEVIN."

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JOHN CALVIN ON SEPARATION FROM FALSE WORSHIP (i.e. worship not based on the second commandment or what is now called the regulative principle of worship) AND WORSHIPPING PRIVATELY (IN YOUR HOME)

"Some one will therefore ask me what counsel I would like to give to a believer who thus dwells in some Egypt or Babylon where he may not worship God purely, but is forced by the common practice to accommodate himself to bad things. The first advice would be to leave [i.e. relocate--GB] if he could. . . . If someone has no way to depart, I would counsel him to consider whether it would be possible for him to abstain from all idolatry in order to preserve himself pure and spotless toward God in both body and soul. ***Then let him worship God in private*** (in his home--RB), praying him to restore his poor church to its right estate (John Calvin, Come Out From Among Them, The Anti-Nicodemite Writings of John Calvin, Protestant Heritage Press, "A Short Teatise," pp. 93-94, emphases added, on sale at http://www.swrb.com/catalog/c.htm . Come Out From Among Them is also on the new PHP CD [ http://www.swrb.com/newslett/FREEBOOK/KReed.htm ]).

Calvin quote (above) cited in: Appendix G in The Covenanted Reformation Defended by Greg Barrow (http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/append_g.htm), "A brief examination of Mr. Bacon's principles regarding the visible church and the use of private judgment. Also, some observations regarding his ignoble attack upon Kevin Reed in his book entitled The Visible Church in the Outer Darkness."

Romans 16:17 is also very clear on this point:

"Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the (Apostolic--RB) doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."


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