Did Calvin ever repent???
I do not have time as a new member to this group to read through every post and comment related to Calvin's murder of Servetus but I will post a question here to gather some intel in the subject via a question.
Are there any quotes from Calvin post Servetus' murder that indicate that he repented of his direct support in the murder of the man?
This is not a pre-Servetus position I am directing this from but an anti-murder position per God's direction for His people in the new covenant.
Servetus was murdered on 10/271553.
Calvin wrote the following after the murder in early 1554 in defense of his role in the murder:
“Whoever shall now contend that it is unjust to put heretics and blasphemers to death will knowingly and willingly incur their very guilt. This is not laid down on human authority; it is God who speaks and prescribes a perpetual rule for his Church. It is not in vain that he banishes all those human affections which soften our hearts; that he commands paternal love and all the benevolent feelings between brothers, relations, and friends to cease; in a word, that he almost deprives men of their nature in order that nothing may hinder their holy zeal. Why is so implacable a severity exacted but that we may know that God is defrauded of his honour, unless the piety that is due to him be preferred to all human duties, and that when his glory is to be asserted, humanity must be almost obliterated from our memories? Many people have accused me of such ferocious cruelty that I would like to kill again the man I have destroyed. Not only am I indifferent to their comments, but I rejoice in the fact that they spit in my face.”
Prior to the murder he wrote things which demonstrates that he premeditated his direct role in the intentional murder of Servetus. Calvin supporters defend him by saying that he did everything he could to convert Servetus prior to the murder. This indirectly is a support of Calvin’s position regarding murdering heretics as I see it. Oddly enough I have seen people who defend Calvin’s role in this act at the same time state that we are not to murder those who disagree with our doctrinal positions.
I have also come up against some intense hatred for digging around this subject. Knowing that to God hatred is murder it makes sense that supporters of Calvin would carry this tone in the discussions around this matter. I work to maintain myself in the course of these discussions so as to not be guilty of the same. If you are predisposed to anger when this subject arises I would examine yourself as David did at the of Psalm 139. Check to see if there is “any wicked way in” you…
To claim that God justified this murder via the Old Testament and more pointedly the Mosaic law is a fallacious position altogether because all governments post the time the law was given by God through Moses have not been led by almighty God but by men as per their own laws. No amount of claims that any particular government rooted their laws in God’s law can justify the murder of who you may believe is a heretic. God would rather none to perish but for all to come to repentance. If Servetus was a heretic then to murder him leaves no future room for him to repent and no amount of claims regarding unconditional election can justify this murder either because if you do not allot the time in one’s life to carry on you never know if they will repent or not.
Here are his quotes that demonstrate it was premeditated murder on Calvin’s part:
“God makes plain that the false prophet is to be stoned without mercy. We are to crush beneath our heel all affections of nature when his honor is involved” 1951
“[They] well deserve to be repressed by the sword which is committed to you, seeing that they attack not the King only, but God who has seated him upon the throne, and has entrusted to you the protection as well of His person as of His majesty.” 1548
“But when I perceived that the fury of certain bad men had risen to such a height in your realm, that there was no place in it for sound doctrine, I thought it might be of service if I were in the same work both to give instruction to my countrymen, and also lay before your Majesty a Confession, from which you may learn what the doctrine is that so inflames the rage of those madmen who are this day, with fire and sword, troubling your kingdom. For I fear not to declare, that what I have here given may be regarded as a summary of the very doctrine which, they vociferate, ought to be punished with confiscation, exile, imprisonment, and flames, as well as exterminated by land and sea. This, I allow, is a fearful punishment which God sends on the earth; but if the wickedness of men so deserves, why do we strive to oppose the just vengeance of God?” 1536.
What I am currently looking for are any quotes that demonstrate his utter repentance of this horrific act.