To The King of France

Nuggets from John Calvin's letter to the King of France (as found in the prelude to the Institutes)

The Mark of Sound Doctrine:

"But the mark of sound doctrine given by our Saviour himself is its tendency to promote the glory not of men, but of God."

The Future of Christ's Church:

"The Church of Christ assuredly has lived, and will live, as long as Christ shall reign at the right hand of the Father. By his hand it is sustained, by his protection, defended, by his mighty power preserved in safety."

The Characteristic of True Government:

“The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but of a robber.”


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