John Calvin Gets Fired

It is always interesting to see how people respond to difficult circumstances. Here we have the opportunity to see how Calvin responds when not only told he’d been fired form his post in Geneva, but that he has 3 days to leave the town.

The syndics, who were at the head of the seditious, profiting by these divisions, assembled the people, when, the majority being under their influence, they procured an order from the council, by which these three faithful ministers were commanded to leave the town in three days. This order being communicated to Calvin, “Certainly,” said he, “if I had served men, I should have been ill recompensed; but, I have served a Master who, far from not rewarding his servants, pays them what he does not owe them.”

Theodore Beza and John Mackenzie, Memoirs of the Life and Writings of John Calvin (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), 45.

Such an amazing Gospel-centered response!

2 Responses to “John Calvin Gets Fired”

  1. Andrew Vincent January 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    I am interested in learning more about Calvin’s heart for the poor and the social reform he led in Geneva. Are there any works that cover this subject well?

  2. Andrew Vincent January 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    I am interested in learning more about Calvin’s heart for the poor and the social reform he led in Geneva. Are there any works that cover this subject well?