Evangelicals Urged to Heed Calvin’s Voice

By Lillian Kwon
Christian Post Reporter
Sept 26, 2009

Hundreds of Reformed believers passionate about preaching the Scriptures and making Christ known convened in Minneapolis over the weekend of September 25, 2009, for three days of talks centered on the life and teachings of John Calvin. Lamenting that many churches today have lost confidence in the truthfulness and authority of the Bible, Julius Kim, associate professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary in California, called Christians to heed Calvin’s voice.
“In many of our churches the Bible has been functionally rejected in place of what we could gain from some sort of rational exercise on the one hand or some sort of emotional experience on the other,” Kim said at the national conference, hosted by Desiring God Ministries, on Friday.

“We need to hear Calvin’s voice once again calling us back to the Scriptures as our only source of truth and life,” he emphasized.
For Calvin, the idea that Scripture alone is the only source of religious truth was the principle element of his vision of Reform, said Kim, who also serves as associate pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, Calif.
“Why is it important that the Bible alone is the only authority?” he asked. “For Calvin, nothing was more important than getting this right.”

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