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In an attempt to draw the highest contrast between reformation preaching and the demonic doctrine Calvin was combating, he says, “This is the surest and most trustworthy mark to distinguish it from lying doctrines, which readily present themselves, are received with attentive ears by all, and are listened to by an applauding world.” (pg. 28) The attacks they were facing were proof of their veracity. One could easily see that contrast today as a large group of people who would classify themselves as evangelical Christians, are embracing a more “progressive” Christianity that is moving further away from orthodoxy and is being categorically applauded by the world.

During the dark period of the church, “Satan lay idle and luxuriated in deep repose.” (pg. 28) The reformation made him shake off his slumber  and go to battle against the true church. Calvin knew and felt the intensity of the spiritual battle; that it was not solely against flesh and blood. He compared himself to a host of Biblical characters who faced opposition and persecution in the proclamation of the truth.

In his closing appeal to the king, in hopes that he would read his confession of faith, Calvin boldly declares that even if the king were not to be persuaded by him and would persist in threats and persecution, Divine vindication would come.

Lord, help me to stand firm and strong in the faith in the face of opposition, even from those that call themselves by Your Name yet teach a false gospel. Christus Victor — you have conquered all your enemies and reign Supreme!