Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Providence Doesn't Excuse Our Wickedness

And whence, I ask you, comes the stench of a corpse, which is both putrefied and laid open by the heat of the sun? All men see that it is stirred up by the sun's rays; yet no one for this reason says that rays stink. Thus, since the matter and guilt of evil lie inherent in a wicked man, what reason is there to think that God contracts any defilement, if he uses the wicked man's service for His own purpose? Away, therefore, with this doglike impudence, which can indeed bark at God's justice afar off but cannot touch it.

- John Calvin
Institutes of the Christian Religion
Book 1, Chapter 17, Section 5

3 comments:

steve said...

Are you reading The Institutes?

niles said...

Bits and pieces. This section was quoted during Mark Talbot's talk at the DG National Conference. I had to search for it, but finally found it. Thought it was a brilliant analogy. Have you ever read through them?

steve said...

I have them but have not read through them only parts as warranted. I would like to though but would want to read as a group I think to talk through with others. not an easy read...