Doctrine without Zeal

“Doctrine without zeal is either like a sword in the hand of a madman, or else it lieth still as cold and without use, or else it serveth for vain and wicked boasting.” -John Calvin, from his comments on Acts 18

BTW NOTE: I previously had a corrupted version of the quote posted: “Zeal without doctrine is like a sword in the hand of a lunatic.” That is how I found the quote posted in several places on the internet, but a few commenters have pointed out to me that this was an incorrect version of the quote. I apologize for disseminating false information. The incident has changed my approach to posting quotes. From now on, if I cannot verify the authenticity of the quote, I will not post it. It really is a matter of speaking truth. (and yes, I will slowly work through all the older quotes here to get this cleaned up).

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14 comments on “Doctrine without Zeal

  1. Jim says:

    Source for this quote?

  2. Kum Meng says:

    “Doctrine without zeal is either like a sword in the hand of a madman, or else it lieth still as cold and without use, or else it serveth for vain and wicked boasting.”
    Source: http://grace-ebooks.com/…/John%20Calvin/JC_Acts_Vol_2.pdf (p.119)

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