Another example of draping yourself in Calvin’s mantle on women but not on heretics:
This misquote actually drives directly at the heart — directly at the heart — of the current discussion of sexuality. When the dust settles on the Trinitarian debates, even if that time is years away, the church will still have to work out her theology of sexuality. In the Reformed world, Calvin’s own view will be one that carries weight.
And, Calvin thought sex meant something in civil society.
Serious Reformed men who differ from this view should be honest that their views are innovations explicitly rejected by our fathers in the faith.
What if our fathers in the faith put us at odds with the Founding Fathers? This weekend is a good time to consider.
A related consideration is recognizing it may be time to walk on our own in civil society and not rely on those Protestants who still held out for Constantinianism. Medieval Europe is not the standard for Christian reflection about civil society. The Bible is. And it’s hard to find Peter or Paul invoking Moses to correct Nero.
(And don’t even go to Calvin’s views on the Trinity. Nothing to see there.)