Calvin on Islam

     In Second Thessalonians 2:13-16 Paul “makes a clearer division between the [Christians among the] Thessalonians, and the wicked [there] — so that their faith [namely that of the Thessalonian Christians] should not waver through fear of the [then] coming apostasy.   At the same time, however, his purpose was to consider the interests not simply of these [folk], but also of future generations [plural!].    

     “He not only establishes them so that they may not experience the same downward plunge as the World, but uses this comparison to commend further the grace of God towards them….   The statement which he afterwards adds, ‘[the Father] Who loved us and gave us comfort,’ refers to the confidence which we have in getting what we ask for….   The term ‘hope’ also refers to the same thing.    

     “They are to have a sure expectation that their gifts will continue without interruption….  He is asking that God may lift up their hearts — by His comfort!”26 

    ‘Finally brethren,’ concludes St. Paul, ‘pray for us so that the Word of the Lord may run!’   Thus Second Thessalonians 3:1.   Here Calvin comments27 of Paul: “When he adds ‘that the Word of the Lord may run’ — he shows he is concerned not so much for his own personal advantage or interest, as for the entire Church.   Why does he want to be commended — to the prayers of the Thessalonians?    So that the doctrine of the Gospel may run its course….    

     “The ‘course’ to which he refers, means dissemination….   ‘Glory’ means…that his preaching may have power and efficacy to refashion men in the image of God….   It should be an incentive to the godly to see that all others are like them!   Hence, those who have already entered into the Kingdom of God — are bidden to pray daily that it may come” or keep on coming. 

     ‘Thy Kingdom come!’   Matthew 6:10.   Thus, the kingdom of Islam needs to be won for the Kingdom of our God and of His Christ.  Revelation 11:15.  For, as the Calvin-istic Westminster Larger Catechism explains:28 “In the second petition (which is ‘Thy Kingdom come!’)…we pray that the kingdom of sin and Satan may be destroyed; the Gospel propagated throughout the World; the Jews called; the fullness of the Gentiles brought in; the Church…purged from corruption…and made effectual to the converting of those that are yet in their sins” etc. 

     Also in the Calvin-istic Public Prayer Before the Sermon in the 1645 Westminster Assembly’s Directory for the Publick Worship of God, “the Minister who is to preach is to endeavour to get

his own and his hearers’ hearts rightly to be affected…and…to pray for the propagation of the Gospel and Kingdom of Christ to all nations; for the conversion of the Jews; the fulness of the Gentiles; the fall of Antichrist; and…for the deliverance of the distressed churches abroad from the tyranny of the antichristian faction, and from the cruel oppressions and blasphemies of  the Turk” etc.29 

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   Yes, Islam is indeed blasphemous.   But the Moslems and Romanists are to be converted from Islam and from Romanism — back to True Proto-Protestantism alias Biblical Christianity (of which both Islam and Romanism are early-mediaeval perversions)! 

     It is very significant that Moslems claim Mohammed is a descendant of Abraham via Ishmael. Yet the Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 4:22-31 that “Abraham had two sons — the one [Ishmael] by a slave; the other [Isaac] by a freewoman….   He who was of the slave, was born according to the flesh; but he [who was born] of the freewoman, was [born] according to the promise.    

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