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Apr 23, 2022

RADICALS FOR TRUTH:

"...what we need in light of the accommodation about us is a generation of radicals for truth and for Christ. We need a young generation and others who will be willing to stand in loving confrontation, but real confrontation, in contrast to the mentality of constant accommodation with the current forms of the world spirit as they surround us today, and in contrast to the way in which so much of evangelicalism has developed the automatic mentality of accommodation at each successive point."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jan 11, 2021

TERRORIST TOOLS:

"...speaking of civil disobedience is frightening...That is, with the prevalence of Marxist thinking--and especially with the attempted synthesis of Marxism and Christianity in certain forms...what we are saying could become a Marxist and terrorist tool to bring anarchy. Or in a similar vein, it could become a tool to impose by force the humanist world view resulting in the loss of humanness and in some form of authoritarianism."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jan 09, 2021

PERSONAL COMPASSION IS NOT A STATE PROGRAM:

"...the use of the freedoms we do have does not remove from us the duty of making and using our possessions with compassion. That is a Christian duty which the church has often not emphasized. We can understand why some, reacting to the church's lack of emphasis concerning the proper compassionate use of possessions, then make the mistake of equating the Kingdom of God with a state program."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jan 08, 2021

IRRESPONSIBLE CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE:

"...we must say that speaking of civil disobedience is frightening because there are so many kooky people around. People are always irresponsible in a fallen world. But we live in a special time of irresponsible people, and such people will in their unbalanced way tend to do the very opposite from considering the appropriate time and place. Anarchy is never appropriate."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jan 07, 2021

LOVE REQUIRES DEFENSE:

"I am to love my neighbor as myself, in the manner needed, in a practical way, in the midst of the fallen world, at my particular point of history. This is why I am not a pacifist. Pacifism in this poor world in which we live--this lost world--means that we desert the people who need our greatest help."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jan 06, 2021

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND COMPASSION:

"With its call for justice and compassion it sounds at first like it is the same as, or very close to, what Scripture teaches on justice and compassion. Those advocating the socialist mentality try to use all the right evangelical words and avoid any red-flag socialistic rhetoric. But what they are in fact talking about is 'another gospel.' And when we look more carefully at what is involved, we find that the socialist mentality ends up in a completely different place, with disastrous consequences theologically and in terms of human rights and human life."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Feb 28, 2020

A CULTURE LOST:

"Having turned away from the knowledge given by God, the Christian influence on the whole of culture has been lost..., we have seen a complete shift. Ours is a post-Christian world in which Christianity, not only in the number of Christians but in cultural emphasis and cultural result, is no longer the consensus or ethos of our society."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Feb 25, 2020

THE SAME RESULT:

"This drift toward accommodation [in Evangelicalism] is a kind of mirror situation of what occurred previously with fundamentalism. After the denominational turmoil of the thirties, fundamentalism fell increasingly into a mistaken pietism which saw any challenge to the surrounding culture as unspiritual--that the Christian's job was only to lead people to Christ and then to know something of a personalized Christianity. Thus, the changing, destructive surrounding culture tended to stand increasingly unchallenged. In the case of an accommodating evangelicalism, there has been a tendency to talk about a wider, richer Christianity and to become more deeply involved in culture, but at the same time to accommodate to the world spirit about us at each crucial point. Note that the result is then the same. Despite claims of cultural relevance, an accommodating evangelicalism also leaves the destructive surrounding culture increasingly unchallenged. Thus the two positions end up with similar results..."

~ Schaeffer, A. Francis, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jul 10, 2019

WATCH THE WIND:

"The Enlightenment world view and the world view of secular humanism really are essentially the same, with the same intellectual heritage...if we hold this world view we live in a universe that is ultimately silent, with no meaning and purpose, with no basis for law and morality, with no concept of what it means to be human and of the value of human life. All is relative and arbitrary. And so modern man is left with nothing to fill the void but hedonism or materialism or whatever other 'ism' may be blowing in the wind."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Oct 30, 2018

RADICALS FOR TRUTH:

"...what we need in light of the accommodation about us is a generation of radicals for truth and for Christ. We need a young generation and others who will be willing to stand in loving confrontation, but real confrontation, in contrast to the mentality of constant accommodation with the current forms of the world spirit as they surround us today, and in contrast to the way in which so much of evangelicalism has developed the automatic mentality of accommodation at each successive point."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Sep 21, 2018

THE ONLY WEAPONS:

"if we are to win the battle on the stage of human history, it will take a prior commitment to fighting the spiritual battle with the only weapons that will be effective. It will take a life committed to Christ, founded on truth, lived in righteousness and grounded in the gospel."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Aug 28, 2018

HABITS OF CONTROVERSY:

"Beware of the habits we learn in controversy. Both must appear together: the holiness of God and the love of God exhibited simultaneously by the grace of God"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jul 19, 2018

CONSERVATIVE HUMANISM & AUTHORITARIANISM?:

"Certainly what I have stressed many times is correct: merely being conservative is no better than being nonconservative per se. Conservative humanism is no better than liberal humanism; authoritarianism from the left is no better than authoritarianism from the right. What is wrong is wrong, no matter what tag is placed on it."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jul 08, 2018

CHRISTIAN CONSENSUS OR CHRISTIAN NATION?:

"Christianity is no longer providing the consensus for our society. And Christianity is no longer providing the consensus upon which our law is based. That is not to say that the United States ever was a 'Christian nation' in the sense that all or most of our citizens were Christians, nor in the sense that the nation, its laws, and social life were ever a full and complete expression of Christian truth. There is no golden age in the past which we can idealize--whether it is early America, the Reformation, or the early church. But until recent decades something did exist which can rightly be called a Christian consensus or ethos which gave a distinctive shape to Western society and to the United States in a definite way. Now that consensus is all but gone, and the freedoms that it brought are being destroyed before our eyes. We are at a time when humanism is coming to its natural conclusion in morals, in values, and in law. All that society has today are relativistic values based upon statistical averages, or the arbitrary decisions of those who hold legal and political power." ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jul 04, 2018

HAPPY 4TH FROM FRANCIS SCHAEFFER STUDIES - ENORMOUS FREEDOM: :

"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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May 30, 2018

TRUTH, LOVE, AND NO COMPROMISE:

...there must be balance and holiness standing together with love. But that does not mean constant and growing accommodation and compromise -- moving along step by step, fitting into the world's position in our day."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Apr 30, 2018

WATCH THE WIND:

"The Enlightenment world view and the world view of secular humanism really are essentially the same, with the same intellectual heritage...if we hold this world view we live in a universe that is ultimately silent, with no meaning and purpose, with no basis for law and morality, with no concept of what it means to be human and of the value of human life. All is relative and arbitrary. And so modern man is left with nothing to fill the void but hedonism or materialism or whatever other 'ism' may be blowing in the wind."

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Apr 21, 2018

WRONG IS WRONG:

"...authoritarianism from the left is no better than authoritarianism from the right. What is wrong is wrong, no matter what tag is placed on it. "

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Apr 05, 2018

PRACTICE TRUTH!:

"if we are ever to practice truth, it certainly must be in a day such as ours."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Apr 04, 2018

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, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jan 12, 2018

ON ACCOMODATION AND COMPROMISE:

"...there must be balance and holiness standing together with love. But that does not mean constant and growing accommodation and compromise--moving along step by step, fitting into the world's position in our day."

~ Dr.Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Dec 12, 2017

COUNTDOWN TO TOTALITARIANISM?:

"It is interesting to note that there was a span of approximately eighty years from the time when the higher critical methods originated and became widely accepted in Germany to the disintegration of German culture and the rise of totalitarianism under Hitler."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster. Editor's Note: Should we do the math in the US from the Fundamental / Modernist Controversies? (2017-1929=80) - Let's be clear, no one is making any predictions. However the level of right and left wing authoritarianism should give us all cause for reflection and perhaps alarm.


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Nov 15, 2017

THOSE LEAVING TRUTH BEHIND:

"Evangelical Christians should be better scholars than non-Christians because they know that there is truth in contrast to the [teachings of] relativism and narrow reductionism of every discipline. But too often Christians have naively entered the academic world with a glassy-eyed fascination and left their critical judgment and Christian truth behind."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Nov 02, 2017

DR. SCHAEFFER'S FAVORITE LUTHER QUOTE:

"Martin Luther said, 'If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved and to be steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Nov 01, 2017

REFORMATION RESULTS:

"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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Oct 06, 2017

WHAT IS WRONG IS WRONG:

"Certainly what I have stressed many times is correct: merely being conservative is no better than being nonconservative per se. Conservative humanism is no better than liberal humanism; authoritarianism from the left is no better than authoritarianism from the right. What is wrong is wrong, no matter what tag is placed on it."

~ Dr. Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Aug 11, 2010

RADICALS FOR TRUTH:

"...what we need in light of the accommodation about us is a generation of radicals for truth and for Christ. We need a young generation and others who will be willing to stand in loving confrontation, but real confrontation, in contrast to the mentality of constant accommodation with the current forms of the world spirit as they surround us today, and in contrast to the way in which so much of evangelicalism has developed the automatic mentality of accommodation at each successive point."

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