No One Can Permanently Coerce Truth

12/20/2009

“Your words and your weapons are only those common to every despotism; and they can give you but a temporal, not a spiritual, dominance, a dominance based on coercion, and not upon the love of God. Nor do I envy you, your power or your weapons. I have other powers and other weapons—an imperturbable conviction of innocence, and trust in Him who will help me and give me grace.

“Even if, for a season, truth is suppressed by the blind ‘justice’ of this world, no one can permanently coerce truth. Let us cease to heed the judgement of a world which slew Christ; let us ignore an assize before which only the cause of violence proves victorious. The Kingdom of God is not of this world.”

(Sebastian Castellio to John Calvin, after Calvin used his tyrannical authority to block publication of Castellio’s book exposing Calvin’s brutal torture and murder of the theologian Miguel Servatus; “The Right to Heresy”, Stefan Zweig, page 189)

“Today, if you hear His voice, choose not to harden your heart.” (Heb.3:8-4:7)

—Tim 8:43 p.m.

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