Greetings BrimstonePreacha,

I quoted the definitions for 'sanction', 'fruit' and 'tree' from the same source, i.e. Funk & Wagnalls Standard College Dictionary, copyrights 1963, 1966, 1968, Funk & Wagnalls, New York.

I didn't choose the word 'sanction', Dr. MacArthur did. I deliberately included all the pertinent definitions from the dictionary, to avoid anyone accussing me of bias.

As to who Dr. Horton is and what his credentials are, you can find them with his article on this website. Dr. Horton was vice-chairman of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals when he wrote the article in 1992. I don't know anything about Dr. Horton, but because I know and respect the teaching of Dr. James M. Boice who was chairman of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals at the same time as Dr. Horton, I have agreed with Pilgrim that Dr. Horton is a "notable Calvinist."

Let's make every effort to not disparage the reputation of our brothers, as we try to determine the truth as to whether or not "Calvin sanctioned the burning of Servetus."

I may be wrong, but it seems you don't really care whether Calvin did or did not "sanction the burning of Servetus?" In fact, by your last paragraph you seem to say that you also "sanction the burning of Servetus." Am I correct?

Have you ever seen the movie "A Few Good Men" starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise? You sound a lot to me like the character Jack Nicholson played. At the end of the movie Tom Cruise interrogates Jack Nicholson and asks him, "Did you order the code red?!!!" To which Nicholson replied, "You're d****d right I did, because it probably saved lives."

Have you ever considered Who is really in control? Have you trusted Him in faith? Scripture says, "Judge not, that you be not judged. For by what measure you judge, you will be judged, and the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." Matthew 7:1,2 NKJV and "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12 NKJV