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Aug 20, 2017

JESUS SEPARATED:

"...the word Jesus, separated from the content of the Scriptures, has become the enemy of the Jesus of history..."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 19, 2017

JESUS IMMORALITY:

"It is now [believed by some that it is] Jesus-like to sleep with a girl or a man, if she or he needs you. As long as you are trying to be human, you are being Jesus-like to sleep with the other person--at the cost, be it noted, of breaking the specific morality which Jesus taught. But to these people this does not matter"...

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 18, 2017

WHEN I HEAR "JESUS":

"I have come to the point where, when I hear the word Jesus--which means so much to me because of the Person of the historic Jesus and His work--I listen carefully because I have with sorrow become more afraid of the word Jesus than almost any other word in the modern world. The word is used as a contentless banner, and our generation is invited to follow it. But there is no rational, scriptural content by which to test it, and thus the word is being used to teach the very opposite things from those which Jesus taught."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 17, 2017

THE NEW JESUS MYSTICISM:

"...some evangelicals have recently been asserting that what matters is not setting out to prove or disprove propositions; what matters is an encounter with Jesus. When a Christian has made such a statement he has, in an analyzed or unanalyzed form, moved upstairs."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason - Editor's Note: Schaeffer's "moved upstairs" phrase implies one has taken a leap into non-reason. He is not saying that an "encounter with Jesus," is not important, but that a Jesus without the truth content of Scripture is just another form of subtle mysticism.


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Aug 16, 2017

THE JESUS MEMORY:

"[Liberal] theologians use the word [Jesus] because it is rooted in the memory of the race. It is humanism with a religious banner called 'Jesus' to which they can give any content they wish."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 15, 2017

THE NONRATIONAL FALSE FAITH:

"... in our day, the sphere of faith is placed in the nonrational and nonlogical as opposed to the rational and logical, the unverifiable as opposed to the verifiable. The new theologians use connotation words rather than defined words--words as symbols without any definition, in contrast to scientific symbols that are carefully defined. Faith is unchallengeable because it could be anything--there is no way to discuss it in normal categories."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 14, 2017

CHANGE FOR LOST REASONS:

"In the 1980s there [was] much pornography just as pornography--just as there [was] in the 1980s mostly drug-takers for escape. However, it should be kept in mind that these things did go through a conscious philosophic period. Any idealism has largely been lost, and society has been influenced and changed—often with no realization as to why the change has come."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 13, 2017

MYSTICISM WITHOUT GOD OR CATEGORIES:

"The mysticism with nobody there,... is therefore a mysticism without categories; so it does not matter ...whether you use religious or nonreligious terms, art-symbol systems, or pornography."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 12, 2017

MYSTICISM AND DESPERATION:

"...mysticism with nobody there, a mysticism that flies in the face of rationality. There is nothing, and yet, driven by his aspirations--because he is made in the image of God--man tries all these overwhelming acts of desperation, even entertaining the hope that a golden age will emerge..."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 11, 2017

FAITH WITH NOBODY THERE:

"The old mystics always said that there was somebody there, but the new mystic says that does not matter, because faith is the important thing. It is faith in faith, whether expressed in secular or religious terms. The leap is the thing and not the terms in which the leap is expressed."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 10, 2017

WHAT'S WRONG?:

"...in one way it is easier today than it was a few years ago to proclaim the sinfulness of man. On every side artists, novelists and protest singers are saying, 'What’s wrong with man? Something’s wrong with man.' The Bible agrees and gives us a realistic view of life: 'The heart is deceitfully wicked.' [Jer. 17:9]"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Aug 09, 2017

THE HARD DAYS AHEAD:

"There are hard days ahead of us--for ourselves and for our spiritual and physical children. And without a strong view of Scripture as a foundation, we will not be ready for the hard days to come."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Aug 07, 2017

TOUCH THE WORLD WITH ABSOLUTES:

"It is God's life-changing power that is able to touch every individual, who then has the responsibility to touch the world around him with the absolutes found in the Bible."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Aug 06, 2017

NOT JUST A CULTURAL ILL:

"...we must realize that the spirit of the age--with all the loss of truth and beauty, and the loss of compassion and humanness that it has brought-is not merely a cultural ill. It is a spiritual ill that the truth given us in the Bible and Christ alone can cure."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Aug 05, 2017

UP THE HILL ONCE MORE:

"Many times I say, 'I can’t go up the hill once more. I can't do it again.' And what is God's answer? Well, first it is important to know that God doesn't scold a man when his tiredness comes from his battles and his tears from compassion. Second, it is learning to say, and mean, 'Lord, please make your strength perfect in my weakness.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Aug 04, 2017

ACHE WITH COMPASSION:

"If we truly love our Lord and if we truly love our neighbor, we will ache with compassion for humanity today in our own country and across the world."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Aug 02, 2017

THE MINORITY:

"in the United States in the twenties not everyone was a Christian, but in general there was a Christian consensus. Now that consensus is gone. Ours is a post-Christian world in which Christianity, not only in the number of Christians but in cultural emphasis and cultural result, is now in the minority. "

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Aug 01, 2017

THE POSITION OF MAN:

"if we are going to begin to think of reformation and revival, we must have the same mentality God has concerning the position of man. "

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Jul 31, 2017

THE EXHIBITION OF TRUTH:

"May we be those who know the reality of both reformation and revival, so that this poor dark world may have an exhibition of a portion of the church returned to both pure doctrine and Spirit-filled life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Jul 25, 2017

REFORMATION AND REVIVAL:

"Reformation refers to a restoration to pure doctrine; revival refers to a restoration in the Christian's life. Reformation speaks of a return to the teachings of Scripture; revival speaks of a life brought into its proper relationship to the Holy Spirit. The great moments of church history have come when these two restorations have simultaneously come into action..."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Jul 21, 2017

THE CITY DUMP:

"When I was growing up in Philadelphia, I would hike every Saturday. To get to the clean air of the country, I used to save a couple miles by tramping through the city dump. I have never forgotten this. It was a place of junk, fire, stench. It has helped me tremendously to think back on that place, because even as a boy I realized that I saw there almost everything people spend their money for. That was where their investment ended."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Ash Heap Lives (No Little People)


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Jul 17, 2017

TWO VALUES:

"We all tend to be influenced by the spirit around us, and in the United States and the Western world most people have only two values--personal peace and affluence."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Ash Heap Lives (No Little People)


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Jul 16, 2017

THE THIRD OPTION:

"Our choice is not between an accumulated property, which is hard, cold and unloving (characterized by people who care for nobody but themselves as they amass great fortunes) and a socialism in which the state owns everything. The Christian has a third option--property acquired and used with compassion."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Ash Heap Lives (No Little People)


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Jul 15, 2017

FULL CIRCLE:

"Many young people have rejected their parents' style of materialism only to come round in a big circle to their own kind. As long as they have enough money to pay for their life-style, they care about nothing else."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Ash Heap Lives (No Little People)


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Jul 14, 2017

PRACTICAL MATERIALISM:

"Christians can reject [materialism]...and yet not escape from...what I call practical materialism. Tragically, all too many of us live out this antithesis of true spirituality. We all tend to live 'ash heap lives'; we spend most of our time and money for things that will end up in the city dump."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Ash Heap Lives (No Little People)


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Jul 10, 2017

A CHURCH LEGACY:

Many may not be aware that the International Presbyterian Church was founded in 1954 through the ministry of Francis Schaeffer and L'Abri in Switzerland. Ranald Macaulay (Dr. Schaeffer's son-in-law), has written a fascinating account that provides something of the interwoven history with the L'Abri story. The IPC denomination has since grown to 33 churches and continues to hold fast to it's founding principles and close relationship with L'Abri.

~ Editor's note: Read more about the IPC at ipc.church.

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Jul 08, 2017

WITHERSPOON VIRTUE:

"'A republic once equally poised must either preserve its virtue or lose its liberty.' [Witherspoon] Don't you wish that everybody in America would recite that, and truly understand it, every morning?"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jul 07, 2017

LIBERTY BY UNDEFILED RELIGION:

"'He is the best friend of American liberty who is most sincere and active in promoting pure and undefiled religion.' [Witherspoon] And for Witherspoon, and the cultural consensus of that day, that meant Christianity as it had come to them through the Reformation. This was the consensus which then gave religious freedom to all--including the 'free thinkers' of that day and the humanists of our day."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jul 06, 2017

81 YEARS AGO:

Francis and Edith Schaeffer were married on July 6th, 1938.


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Jul 05, 2017

THE FIRST AMENDMENT:

"When the First Amendment was passed it only had two purposes. The first purpose was that there would be no established, national church for the united thirteen states. To say it another way: there would be no 'Church of the United States.'..."The second purpose of the First Amendment was the very opposite from what is being made of it today. It states expressly that government should not impede or interfere with the free practice of religion."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jul 04, 2017

FREEDOM IS NOT NATURAL:

"In our own country we have enjoyed enormous human freedom. But at the same time this freedom has been founded upon forms of government, law, culture, and social morality which have given stability to individual and social life, and have kept our freedoms from leading to chaos. There is a balance here between form and freedom which we have come to take as natural in the world. But it is not natural. And we are utterly foolish if we do not recognize that this unique balance which we have inherited from the Reformation thought-forms is not automatic in a fallen world. This is clear when we look at the long span of history. But it is equally clear when we read the daily newspaper and see half the world locked in totalitarian oppression."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jul 03, 2017

FORM & FREEDOM IN SOCIETY:

"Freedom, without a proper balance of form, will lead to chaos and to the total breakdown of society. Form, without a proper balance of freedom, will lead to authoritarianism, and to the destruction of individual and social freedom."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jul 02, 2017

MORALS AS MORALS:

"Talk to people long enough and deeply enough, and you will find that they consider some things are really right and some things are really wrong. [Yet,] Without absolutes, morals as morals cease to exist, and humanistic man starting from himself is unable to find the absolute he needs."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Jul 01, 2017

ABSOLUTES OR HEDONISM:

"If there is no moral absolute, we are left with hedonism (doing what I like) or some form of the social contract theory (what is best for society as a whole is right). However, neither of these alternatives corresponds to the moral motions that men have."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Jun 30, 2017

REAL MORALS & MORAL MOTIONS :

"Nobody has ever discovered a way of having real 'morals' without a moral absolute."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Jun 29, 2017

THE PRESUP DEBATE:

Presuppositional Apologetics? Van Til or Schaeffer? Dr. Williams gives some insight.

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Jun 28, 2017

RESULTING SOCIAL ACTION:

"...the old revivals in this country did call, without any question and with tremendous clarity, for personal salvation. But they also called for a resulting social action."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jun 27, 2017

COBELLIGERENTS, NOT ALLIES:

"Christians must realize that there is a difference between being a cobelligerent and an ally. At times we will seem to be saying exactly the same thing as those without a Christian base are saying. If there is social injustice, say there is social injustice. If we need order, say we need order. In these cases, and at these specific points, we would be cobelligerents. But we must not align ourselves as though we are in any camp built on a non-Christian base. We are an ally of no such camp."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century


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Jun 26, 2017

REVIEW: DURIEZ ON SCHAEFFER:

What is the best biography to date on Schaeffer? Read Dr. William's review of Colin Duriez work, then get a copy and read!

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Jun 25, 2017

QUESTIONS OF SOCIAL INJUSTICE:

"...if I live in a world of nonabsolutes and would fight social injustice on the mood of the moment, how can I establish what social justice is? What criterion do I have to distinguish between right and wrong so that I can know what I should be fighting? Is it not possible that I could in fact acquiesce in evil and stamp out good?"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There ~ Editor's Note: Schaeffer is appealing to the need for Biblical absolutes as a base to know what truth and justice are before one can begin to fight for them.


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Jun 24, 2017

THE PENDULUM:

"In this fallen world, things constantly swing like a pendulum, from being wrong in one extreme way to being wrong in another extreme. The devil never gives us the luxury of fighting on only one front, and this will always be the case."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jun 23, 2017

CONSTITUTIONAL & INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE:

"...we must use every constitutional practice to offset the rise of authoritarian governments and the loss of humanness in our society. But there is no use in talking of offsetting the loss of humanness in society if we do not act humanly to all people about us in the contacts of our individual lives."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?


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Jun 22, 2017

THE LAST BARRIER:

"...the evangelical accommodation to the world of our age represents the removal of the last barrier against the breakdown of our culture."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jun 21, 2017

A DEDICATION:

"To all those who have said: 'Here I stand' facing oppressive authoritarian civil and church power."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto (Dedication)


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Jun 20, 2017

WE ARE NOT EXCUSED:

"We are not excused from speaking, just because the culture and society no longer rests as much as they once did on Christian thinking. Moreover, Christians do not need to be in the majority in order to influence society."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Jun 19, 2017

FREEDOM & FORM:

"Freedom, without a proper balance of form, will lead to chaos and to the total breakdown of society. Form, without a proper balance of freedom, will lead to authoritarianism, and to the destruction of individual and social freedom."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jun 15, 2017

INCIDENTAL MEANING AND VALUES:

"...the hallmark of the present generation of humanistic thinking...is the acceptance of the dichotomy, the separation of optimism about meaning and values from the area of reason. Once this separation is accepted, what an individual puts in the area of non-reason is incidental.

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? (Editors Note: See also Nancy Pearcey's work and her concept of the "fact/value split.")


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Jun 14, 2017

KING JAMES PRAYERS:

"Must I always pray using King James English, the thee's and thou's, for example? To think so is a mark of a bourgeois mind. Christians must absolutely and consciously separate themselves from such thinking."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Jun 13, 2017

DIFFERENT ART:

"It is perfectly legitimate for a Christian to reject a particular work of art intellectually--that is, because he knows what is being said by it. But it is another thing to reject the work of art simply because the style is different from that which we are used to."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Jun 12, 2017

SOCIOLOGICAL LAW:

"...modern sociological law (in which the courts make law on the basis of what they conceive to be the immediate sociological or economic good). In this view, even the Constitution and the previous body of law are viewed loosely as far as any constraint is concerned. Just as sociological science is a source of manipulation open to the manipulators, so sociological law gives an endless range of manipulation."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century


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Jun 11, 2017

THERE IS NO SOLITARY SALVATION:

"Salvation,... is individual, but not individualistic. People cannot become Christians except one at a time, and yet our salvation is not solitary. God's people are called together in community."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century


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Jun 10, 2017

SUB-CHRISTIAN:

"A dead, ugly orthodoxy with no real spiritual reality must be rejected as sub-Christian."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Jun 09, 2017

ON DOCTRINAL FAITHFULNESS:

"'Do I fight merely for doctrinal faithfulness?' This is like the wife who never sleeps with anybody else, but never shows love to her own husband. Is that a sufficient relationship in marriage? No, 10,000 times no. Yet if I am a Christian who speaks and acts for doctrinal faithfulness but do not show love to my divine Bridegroom, I am in the same place as such a wife. What God wants from us is not only doctrinal faithfulness, but our love day by day. Not in theory, mind you, but in practice."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church Before the Watching World


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Jun 08, 2017

THE PIE CHART:

"If I draw a pie [chart] and that pie comprises the whole of life, Christianity will touch every slice."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Jun 07, 2017

SOMEONE MUST ANSWER:

"It is not true that every intellectual question is a moral dodge. There are honest intellectual questions, and somebody must be able to answer them."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Jun 06, 2017

THE GREATEST ART:

"Even for the great artist, the most crucial work of art is his life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Jun 01, 2017

THE MODERN MYSTIC:

"The modern mystic,... is not trying to 'feel' his way to a God he believes is really there (but whom he cannot approach by way of the mind). The modern mystic does not know if anything is there. All he knows is that he cannot know anything ultimate through the mind. So what is left is experience as experience."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?


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May 31, 2017

IT MUST ENCOMPASS ALL:

"True spirituality cannot be abstracted from truth at one end, nor from the whole man and the whole culture at the other. If there is a true spirituality, it must encompass all."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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May 30, 2017

FALSELY CONFORMED:

"...whatever the surrounding nontheological consensus is, theological liberalism has conformed to it."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church Before the Watching World


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May 29, 2017

RESTING ON TRUTH CONTENT:

"It is very important to realize, over against modern concepts of 'spiritual experience,' that the biblically based experience rests firmly on truth. It is not only an emotional experience, nor is it contentless."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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May 28, 2017

TWO PRACTICAL TEST:

"...there are two practical tests as to when we are coveting against God or men; first, I am to love God enough to be contented; second, I am to love men enough not to envy."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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May 27, 2017

THE FORCE OF THE SEEN:

"When what is shown on television is carefully edited, this force of the seen is then an absolute form of manipulation."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century


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May 26, 2017

CONTENTLESS RELIGIOUS WORDS:

"...here in the West we are open to complete manipulation on the basis of contentless religious words. This is not theoretical."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century


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May 25, 2017

CONNOTATION AND MEANING:

"Words have two meanings, the definition and the connotation. The connotation goes on no matter what you do with the definition. Modern man destroys the definition of religious words, but nevertheless likes to cash in on their connotation/motivation force."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Pollution and the Death of Man


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May 20, 2017

TOTAL ALIENATION:

"...modern man does in fact assume-wittingly or unwittingly-that the universe and man can be explained by the impersonal plus time plus chance. And in this case man and his aspirations stand in total alienation from what is."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century.


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May 19, 2017

EVERYTHING IN THE MACHINE:

"Modern, modern science,...extended the idea of the uniformity of natural causes by adding a new phrase— 'in a closed system.' This little phrase changed all of life because it put everything within the machine...If everything is put into the machine, of course there is no place for God. But also there is no place for man, no place for the significance of man, no place for beauty, for morals or for love. When you come to this place, you have a sea without a shore. Everything is dead."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century. Editor Note: "Modern, modern science" is what Schaeffer seems to have begun to call Postmodernism, before others formulated a term.


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May 18, 2017

OUR UNIQUENESS TELLS US THE TRUTH :

"The list is rather long, for man is distinguished from both animals and machines on the basis of his creativity, his moral motions, his need for love, his fear of nonbeing, and his longings for beauty and for meaning. Only the biblical system has a way of explaining these factors which make man unique."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 17, 2017

DOCTRINE IS A CIRCLE:

"...the Christian doctrinal and intellectual position lays down a circle rather than a point...a circle of such a nature that it will warn us when we come to a place of danger. We should see the edge of the circle as an absolute limit past which we 'fall off the edge of the cliff'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Some Absolute Limits, Appendix to The Church Before the Watching World


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May 15, 2017

SCHAEFFER'S PASSING (May 15th, 1984):

"He will long be remembered as one of the great Christian thinkers of our century, with a childlike faith and a profound compassion toward others. It can rarely be said of an individual that his life touched many others and affected them for the better; it will be said of Francis Schaeffer that his life touched millions of souls and brought them to the truth of their Creator."

~ President Ronald Reagan


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May 13, 2017

LIVING BEFORE HE WHO IS THERE :

"Do you really believe He is there, or are you only living in some sort of sociological belief. Are you only making the right theological statements, or do you believe God is there and you live before Him?"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 12, 2017

A PROPER HUMANISM:

"...only the biblical position produces a real and proper 'humanism.' Naturalistic humanism leads to a diminishing of man and eventually to a zeroing of man. But the Christian position is that man is made in the image of God and even though he is now a sinner, he can do those things that are tremendous-he can influence history"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 11, 2017

LOST BUT GREAT:

"...man is not a cog in a machine...from the biblical viewpoint, man is lost, but great."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 10, 2017

REALISM WITH COMPASSION:

"It is my experience that giving the realistic message [on the judgement of God ] does not turn people off-if they feel real compassion in you."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 09, 2017

I PRAY FOR MERCY:

"I must say, when I pray for my country and our culture, I do not pray for God's justice. I can only plead for His mercy. If we had justice of God, we would not have peace. We would have a situation like Jeremiah's"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 08, 2017

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!:

Dan was recently on The Unknown Webcast: Francis Schaeffer - "Christian Scholar-Evangelist of Exceptional Cloth"

~ Courtesy of Midwest Christian Outreach

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May 07, 2017

THE FINAL REALITY:

"The final reality is that God is really there."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 06, 2017

THE MANIPULATION OF NO ABSOLUTE TRUTH:

"Men no longer believe that there are absolutes, and more and more it has become the accepted thing not to speak the truth. The business contract is not honored if, legally, a way can be found around it. The employer does not honor his promise. The employee responds in kind. As men have turned away from God, who alone gives a basis for absolutes in truth, men have become untruthful and hypocritical with each other....our generation has come to accept it as normal and thus to be manipulated by it."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 05, 2017

PLAYING THE HARLOT:

"Whenever the church of Jesus Christ turns away from the living God and His propositional truth, she is playing the harlot."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 04, 2017

TWO CHAIRS:

"...there are only two chairs, not three. And at this present moment we are either sitting in one or the other [Faith or Unfaith]. Unfaith is just the Christian sitting in the materialist's chair."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 03, 2017

TO ENJOY HIM FOREVER:

"Often when we in the evangelical and orthodox circles talk about the purpose of man, we quote from the first answer of the Westminster Catechism: 'Man's chief end is to glorify God.' And often the sentence is ended there. This completely changes our Reformation forefathers' understanding of the Scriptures. If you are going to give the complete biblical answer, you must finish their sentence: 'Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.' That changes the whole view of life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 02, 2017

LIVE WEBCAST:

Dan will be on The Unknown Webcast to talk about Dr. Schaeffer TONIGHT! TUESDAY, MAY 2, 7:30 - 8:30 PM CST. Join us!

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May 01, 2017

WE DO NOT NEED 51 PERCENT!:

"We do not need 51 percent of the people to begin to have an influence. If 20 percent of the American population were really regenerate Christians, clear about their doctrines, beliefs and values, taking truth seriously, taking a consistent position, we could begin, not to have an overwhelming consensus, but at least to have a vital voice again..."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century


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Apr 30, 2017

THE GREAT MOMENTS:

"The great moments in church history have come when...two restorations have occurred simultaneously. There cannot be true revival unless there has been reformation, and reformation is not complete without revival."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People


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Apr 29, 2017

ON THE UNKNOWN WEBCAST:

Dan will be on The Unknown Webcast to talk about Dr. Schaeffer next week TUESDAY, MAY 2, 7:30 - 8:30 PM CST. This will be LIVE!

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Apr 26, 2017

MORAL PRAGMATISM:

"...modern man has no categories...the moral equals the pragmatic on a very crude level."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Pollution and the Death of Man


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Apr 25, 2017

LEARN TO READ:

"Americans don't read enough (that's true), and Americans read too much (that's true too). What I mean is that many don't read enough material to really be informed, and yet they read too much because what they do read they often do not stop to assimilate and think through. I urge you, in such a day as ours, to really truly learn to read!"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom and Dignity


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Apr 24, 2017

WHY NOT MANIPULATE MAN?:

"[If we] reduce man from a complex personal being made in the image of God to an electrochemical machine. Unfortunately, such a notion not only makes man meaningless but soon leads to the idea that man can, and just as well may, be manipulated with impunity."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom and Dignity


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Apr 23, 2017

ALL VALUES ARE OPEN TO MANIPULATION:

"The problem is that with man being considered a product of the impersonal plus time plus chance, all values are arbitrary and open to manipulation."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom and Dignity


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Apr 22, 2017

ARBITRARY VALUES AND YOUR MANIPULATION:

"What sort of values will man then choose? And how shall he choose them? One thing is clear... the values are totally arbitrary. Anything can become a value. Furthermore, men will have no reason not to use the modern forms of manipulation in order to achieve their purposes and implement their arbitrary values."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom and Dignity


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Apr 21, 2017

TAKING THE LEAD IN CULTURE:

"Christians should prepare to take the lead in giving direction to cultural change. And if it goes poorly, as well it might in the post-Christian world, then we should be consciously preparing the next generation for the new battles it will face."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom and Dignity


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Apr 20, 2017

MANIPULATION, OUR MAJOR CHALLENGE:

"The major challenge is how to handle the recently developed techniques of human engineering and human manipulation. It is important for Christians to pay close attention to the course of events associated with these developments. We are going to be called upon to answer questions we have never considered before, and we should be prepared to respond."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom and Dignity


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Apr 19, 2017

BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY:

"Biblical spirituality is not a relationship to the word God, or the idea God; it is a relationship to the one who is there, which is an entirely different concept."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, 1965 Wheaton Lectures


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Apr 18, 2017

IF I ONLY HAD AN HOUR:

"...he would devote himself to listening for hours to the struggles and questions of those who came to his home. He would say: 'If I have only an hour with someone, I will spend the first fifty-five minutes asking questions and finding out what is troubling their heart and mind, and then in the last five minutes I will share something of the truth.' "

~ Jerram Barrs, Francis Schaeffer: His Apologetics, chapter 2 of Francis Schaeffer: A Mind and Heart for God


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Apr 16, 2017

HE IS RISEN!:

"Paul asserts unequivocally that Jesus has been raised from the tomb and that we shall ourselves be raised like Him in the future. Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb, but it did not remain there. Jesus rose from the dead. It was not simply a subjective experience by which the disciples were deceived. Jesus rose from the dead as a space-time fact and then He appeared to the disciples."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?


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Apr 15, 2017

HIS SUFFERING FOR OUR GOOD:

"Matthew 27:46 As He hung upon the cross, having taken upon Himself the sin of those who would trust Him as Savior, God the Father turned from Him. His physical sufferings were great, but were not the greatest part of His suffering"

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies


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Apr 14, 2017

AND GOD SUFFERED:

"Matthew 27:11-50 Consider the various forms of humiliation and agony heaped upon Jesus in these hours. Remember that this is God who allowed Himself to be so treated."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies


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Apr 13, 2017

THE HORROR OF LOSTNESS:

The Bible teaches that though man is hopelessly lost, he is not nothing. Man is lost because he is separated from God, his true reference point, by true moral guilt. But he will never be nothing. Therein lies the horror of his lostness. For man to be lost, in all his uniqueness and wonder, is tragic.

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Apr 12, 2017

ACT LIKE GOD EXIST HE SAYS:

"Sir Julian Huxley has clarified the dilemma by acknowledging, though he is an atheist, that somehow or other, against all that one might expect, man functions better if he acts as though God is there. This sounds like a feasible solution for a moment, the kind of answer a computer might give if you fed the sociological data into it. God is dead, but act as if He were alive."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There, 1968


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Apr 11, 2017

SCHAEFFER QUOTES Dr. Edmund R. Leach ON MECHANISMS REMOVING THE DIVINE:

"Today when the molecular biologists are rapidly unravelling the genetic chemistry of all living things-while the radio astronomers are deciphering the programme of an evolving cosmos-all the marvels of creation are seen to be mechanisms rather than mysteries. Since even the human brain is nothing more than an immensely complicated computer, it is no longer necessary to invoke metaphysics to explain how it works. In the resulting mechanistic universe all that remains of the divine will is the moral consciousness of man himself."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race? 1979


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Apr 10, 2017

PROPHETIC: COLD EFFICIENCY:

"Some people not only believe that men and women are only machines, but are acting on the idea that they are only so many digits in one big computer. Feelings that place warmth, love, and compassion-not to mention the beauty and reality of human relationships-above other considerations are often all put aside for the great god of efficiency, especially in the economic realm."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race? 1979


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