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calvinEven though I no longer identify with the term “Calvinist” and haven’t for a few years now I still can appreciate many of the contributions he made to modern day Christianity—all his faults aside.  I consider myself a “hopeful Protestant” (as my bio says).  More than that, I identify with the following label over any other bar none—“Jesus-follower by the grace of God”.  That being said, I’d still pick John Calvin for my team if I were a captain and he was somehow available when I got to pick.
     
Without the gospel everything is useless and vain; without the gospel we are not Christians; without the gospel all riches is poverty, all wisdom folly before God; strength is weakness, and all the justice of man is under the condemnation of God. But by the knowledge of the gospel we are made children of God, brothers of Jesus Christ, fellow townsmen with the saints, citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, heirs of God with Jesus Christ, by whom the poor are made rich, the weak strong, the fools wise, the sinner justified, the desolate comforted, the doubting sure, and slaves free. It is the power of God for the salvation of all those who believe. 
      
~John Calvin, from the preface of Pierre Robert Olivétan’s French translation of the New Testament in 1534
                  
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