June 1, 2007

William Farel (1489–1565) Quote on the Atonement in J. H. D'Aubigne

Let all therefore, whether priests or preachers, have respect to the great shepherd Jesus Christ, who gave his body and his blood for the poor people. Let us prefer to be nothing, if only the poor sheep, gone so far astray, may find the right way, may come to Jesus and give themselves to God. That will be better than if we should gain all the world and lose those for whom Jesus died. If any man will exalt himself against Jesus, if any man will fight against the faith, it would be better for him if he had never been born. Let us not despise our neighbor. Let us not mock him. Let us not shut the door of the kingdom of heaven and take away the key of knowledge. Let us be free from all hatred and rancor. Let us love all men, pray for all men, do good to all men. Let us visit the poor and the afflicted, that is the true pilgrimage. Those little ones are the images of God, and it is to those images that we ought to resort, to them that we should carry food and candles... My dear brethren, when you hear the bell ring, present yourselves here, in God´s name, in peace and unity, without disturbance or murmuring.
J. H. Merle D'Aubigne, History of the Reformation (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications, 2000), 6:238–239.

Also in J. H. Merle D'Aubigne, History of the Reformation in Europe in the Time of Calvin, trans. by William L. B Cates (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1877), 6:238–239.


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