There have been several threads about Calvin since I joined a couple months ago . There are quite likely dozens more before my time here . I just wanted to start a fresh thread about his soul-winning words and ways . I know the following will burst some cherished bubbles for those who seek to cast John Calvin in a cold , uncaring , non-evangelistic manner .But so be it . Let the myths fall . Timber ! DISCLAIMERS : Calvinism is not about John Calvin . But I thought I'd put the record straight on some points about this unique man of God . I do not want this thread getting derailed into unsavory things completely unrelated ( and most likely lies ) to the issue-at-hand . If we see then a poor soul going thus into perdition , ought we not to be moved with compassion and kindness , and should we not desire God to apply the remedy ? ( Ephesians sermon 6:18,19 ). We ought to pray that this and that and every man may be saved and so embrace the whole human race , because we cannot yet distinguish the elect from the reprobate ... we pray for the salvation of all whom we know to have been created in God's image and who have the same nature as ourselves ; and we leave to God's judgement those whom He knows to be reprobate . ( Remarks on John 17:9 ) Therefore , we may be so much the more assured that God taketh and holdeth us for His children , if we endeavour to bring those to Him who are afar off . Let us comfort ourselves , and take courage in this our calling : ... though we seem to be miserable creatures , utterly cast away and condemned , yet we must labour as much as possible to draw those to salvation who seem to be afar off . And above all things , let us pray to God for them , waiting patiently till it please Him to show His good will toward them , as He hath shown it to us . ( sermon on 1 Tim. 2:3-5) ... for though God might bring each person to himself by a secret influence , yet he employs the agency of men , that he may awaken in them an anxiety about the salvation of each other . ( Isaiah 2:3 ). ... nothing could be more inconsistent with the nature of faith than that deadness which would lead a man to disregard his brethren , and to keep the light of knowledge choked up within his own breast . ( Isaiah 2:3 ) ... all the godly ought by all means possible to exert themselves in the work of gathering together the Church on every side ; for we are called by the Lord on this condition , that every one should afterwards strive to lead others to the truth , to restore the wandering to the right way , to extend a helping hand to the fallen , to win over those who are without . But if we ought to bestow so much labour on those who are yet aliens to the flock of Christ , how much more diligence is required in exhorting the brethren whom God has already joined to us ? ( Hebrws 10:25 ).