Lectures on Calvinism 2

jpegIn his Lectures on Calvinism, Abraham Kuyper says a religion that exists for the sake of man rather than God aims at “his safety, his liberty, his elevation and partly also at his triumph over death.”

The consequence?  “Such religion thrives in time of famine and pestilence, it flourishes among the poor and oppressed, and it expands among the humble and the feeble.”  But, such religion, then “pines away in the days of prosperity, it fails to attract the well-to-do, it is abandoned by those who are more highly cultured.”  “This is the fatal end of egoistic religion; it becomes superfluous and disappears as soon as the egoistic interests are satisfied.”  (By contrast, Calvinism exists for the sake of God — i.e., “it is not God who exists for the sake of His creation; the creation exists for the sake of God.”)

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