Chuck Colson in his BreakPoint commentary yesterday highlighted the The Institutes of Christian Religion by John Calvin which is an incredibly important read for serious students of theology.  Colson shared a passage on piety and remarked that Calvin’s definition of piety and our own would differ.  Calvin wrote:

I call piety that reverence joined with love of God which the knowledge of His benefits induces. For until men recognize that they owe everything to God, that they are nourished by His Fatherly care, that He is the author of their every good, that they should seek nothing beyond Him, they will never yield Him willing service.

To many piety = drudgery, but to Calvin it is a delight.  True piety isn’t focused on our works, but on God’s grace and goodness.  True piety is not rooted in duty, but in our love of God.

You May Also Like

“Why Have You Forsaken Me?”

The fifth of seven of Jesus’ last words while on the Cross.…

Calvinism and the Southern Baptist Convention

Shane Vander Hart addresses those within the Southern Baptist Convention who see Calvinism as a blight within the denomination.

The Gospel of God and Glenn Beck

One of our contributors at Caffeinated Thoughts (and here!), David Shedlock, has…

When The Gospel Was Rediscovered

Shane Vander Hart: The Reformers rediscovered the Gospel, and we must keep it the center of our churches, our families, our worship, and our lives.