John Calvin preaches last sermon – February 6, 1564
This week marks the anniversary of when influential Protestant Reformation leader John Calvin preached his final sermon, a few months before he passed away.
At that point, Calvin was suffering from a series of illnesses. The man whose theological views gave birth to Presbyterianism had to be carried in a chair to his pulpit.
“I have lived amidst extraordinary struggles here; I have been saluted in mockery at night, before my door, by fifty or sixty shots from guns. Think how that would terrify a poor timid scholar such as I am,” said Calvin near the end of his life.
“God has given me the power to write, but I have written nothing in hatred . . . but always I have faithfully attempted what I believed to be for the glory of God.”