Calvin On Colossians 2:20: Reject Encroachments Upon Christian Liberty

In short, when persons have once taken upon them to tyrannize over men’s souls, there is no end of new laws being daily added to old ones, and now enactments starting up from time to time. How bright a mirror there is as to this in Popery! Hence Paul acts admirably well in admonishing us that human traditions are a labyrinth, in which consciences are more and more entangled; nay more, are snares, which from the beginning bind in such a way that in course of time they strangle in the end.

John Calvin, Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians, trans. John Pringle (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010), 200.

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  1. Those who add commandments, are trying to come up with some obediences they think they CAN handle!
    To give up trying to establish their own righteousness before God, like the Jews of Paul’s day, they refuse to do.

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