We talk about predestination because the Bible talks about predestination. If we desire to build our theology on the Bible, we run head on into this concept. We soon discover that John Calvin did not invent it.— R. C. Sproul
Dreamy Calvin quotations
It is no novelty, then, that I am preaching;
no new doctrine. I love to proclaim these strong old doctrines, that are called by nickname Calvinism, but which are surely and verily the revealed truth of God as it is in Christ Jesus.
There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!
When birds burp, it must taste like bugs.
Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything's different.
Within a few years the name 'Maria Sharapova' will be a brand as universally recognized as Calvin Klein, BMW and Rolex.
Look! A trickle of water running through some dirt! I'd say our afternoon just got booked solid!
It's hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning.
Reformed theology so far transcends the mere five points of Calvinism that it is an entire worldview.
Calvin: Know what I pray for? Hobbes: What? Calvin: The strength to change what I can, the inability to accept what I can't, and the incapacity to tell the difference.
You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don't help.
A man is not saved against his will, but he is made willing by the operation of the Holy Ghost. A mighty grace which he does not wish to resist enters into the man, disarms him, makes a new creature of him, and he is saved.
What's the point of wearing your favorite rocket ship underpants if nobody ever asks to see 'em?
Every good thing in the Christian life grows in the soil of humility.
Without humility, every virtue and every grace withers. That’s why Calvin said humility is first, second, and third in the Christian faith.
We declare, upon Scriptural authority, that the human will is so desperately set on mischief, so depraved, and so inclined to everything that is evil, and so disinclined to everything that is good, that without the powerful, supernatural, irresistible influence of the Holy Spirit, no human will ever be constrained towards Christ.
Hobbes: What are you doing? Calvin: Being "cool.
" Hobbes: You look more like you're being bored. Calvin: The world bores you when you're cool. Hobbes: Look, I brought a sombrero! Now we can both be "cool." Calvin: A sombrero?! Are you crazy?! Cool people don't wear sombreros! Hobbes: What fun is it being cool if you can't wear a sombrero?
Calvin: The more you know, the harder it is to take decisive action.
Once you are informed, you start seeing complexities and shades of gray. You realize nothing is as clear as it first appears. Ultimately, knowledge is paralyzing. Being a man of action, I cannot afford to take that risk. Hobbes: You're ignorant, but at least you act on it.
If good things lasted forever, would we appreciate how precious they are?
Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!
A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day.
It wasn't Luther or Calvin that reformed the church.
It was the Word of God that reformed the church.
Even Martin Luther and John Calvin believed that the Roman Catholic church, up to the Council of Trent, was basically orthodox - a true church with sound fundamental doctrines as well as significant error.
Calvin: They say the world is a stage.
But obviously the play is unrehearsed and everybody is ad-libbing his lines. Hobbes: Maybe that’s why it’s hard to tell if we’re living in a tragedy or a farce. Calvin: We need more special effects and dance numbers.
I'm learning real skills that I can apply throughout the rest of my life.
..procrastinating and rationalizing.
To suggest that the merciful, longsuffering, gracious and loving God of the Bible would invent a dreadful doctrine like Calvinism, which would have us believe it is an act of 'grace' to select only certain people for heaven and, by exclusion, others for hell, comes perilously close to blasphemy.
I would rather believe a limited atonement that is efficacious for all men for whom it was intended, than a universal atonement that is not efficacious for anybody, except the will of men be added to it.
I do not come into this pulpit hoping that perhaps somebody will of his own free will return to Christ. My hope lies in another quarter. I hope that my Master will lay hold of some of them and say, "You are mine, and you shall be mine. I claim you for myself." My hope arises from the freeness of grace, and not from the freedom of the will.
The problem with the future is that it keeps turning into the present.
I've always just loved drawing and loved cartoons.
Growing up, I loved Disney films, I loved The Simpsons, and I was a big fan of the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes and the way that they would have weird fantasy and then down-to-earth funny character comedy.
I love Calvin Klein underwear. That's the only kind of underwear I wear.
He [Calvin Coolidge] is the first president to discover that what the American people want is to be left alone.
It's psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I'll get a saw.
I'm usually the sparkle in a closet full of conservative clothes.
Either that or my customer has a closet full of my clothes and a few conservative suits from Calvin Klein. I think you've got to give a girl what's missing from her closet. If something jazzy, tacky or sexy is what's missing, I provide it.
Don't mess with me, Calvin. You'll only get hurt.
Life's disappointments are harder to take when you don't know any swear words.