When “Won by Sweetness” Means Not Being Won at All

Calvin (aside): We seen plenty of those who are most venomous when corrections and warnings are used.

Dissenters: Et quoy! Is that the way to teach? Ho! we want to be won by sweetness.

Calvin: You do? Then go and teach God his lesson.

Calvin (aside): Look at our fastidious gentlemen who cannot bear one single reproof when it is put to them! And why?

Dissenters: Ho! we want to be taught another way.

Calvin: Then go to the devil’s school. He will flatter you alright—to your destruction.

Parker, Calvin’s Preaching, p. 145