Our relationship with each other is the criterion the world uses to judge whether our message is truthful - Christian community is the final apologetic.— Francis Schaeffer
The most wonderful Francis Schaeffer quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
In passing, we should note this curious mark of our own age: the only absolute allowed is the absolute insistence that there is no absolute.
The beginning of men's rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart.
We must realize that the Reformation world view leads in the direction of government freedom. But the humanist world view with inevitable certainty leads in the direction of statism. This is so because humanists, having no god, must put something at the center, and it is inevitably society, government, or the state.
If man is not made in the image of God, nothing then stands in the way of inhumanity. There is no good reason why mankind should be perceived as special. Human life is cheapened. We can see this in many of the major issues being debated in our society today.
Art is a reflection of God's creativity, an evidence that we are made in the image of God.
I am convinced that when Nietzsche came to Switzerland and went insane, it was not because of venereal disease, though he did have this disease. Rather, it was because he understood that insanity was the only philosophic answer if the infinite-personal God does not exist.
Any denomination or church group that forsakes inerrancy will end up shipwrecked. It is impossible to prevent the surrender of other important doctrinal teachings of the Word of God when inerrancy is gone.
We must not only be True. We must be Beautiful.
If Christianity is really true, then it involves the whole man, including his intellect and creativeness. Christianity is not just 'dogmatically' true or 'doctrinally' true. Rather, it is true to what is there, true in the whole area of the whole man in all of life.
This shift from the Judeo-Christian basis for law and the shift away from the restraints of the Constitution automatically militates against religious liberty.
As evangelical Christians we have tended to relegate art to the very fringe of life. The rest of human life we feel is more important. Despite our constant talk about the Lordship of Christ, we have narrowed its scope to a very small area of reality.
We must stress that the basis for our faith is neither experience nor emotion but the truth as God has given it in verbalized, prepositional form in the Scripture and which we first of all apprehend with our minds.
Truth carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation, but confrontation nevertheless.
I believe that pluralistic secularism, in the long run, is a more deadly poison than straightforward persecution.
Reformation is a return to the sound doctrine of the Bible.
Revival is the practice of that sound doctrine under the power of the Holy Spirit.
We as Bible-believing evangelical Christians are locked in a battle.
This is not a friendly gentleman's discussion. It is a life and death conflict between the spiritual hosts of wickedness and those who claim the name of Christ.
We should not view men with a cynical eye, seeing them only as meaningless products of chance, but, on the other hand, we should not go to the opposite extreme of seeing them romantically. To do either is to fail to understand who men really are--creatures made in the image of God but fallen.
There are two main reasons why we may not be bringing forth the fruit we should.
It may be because of ignorance, because we may never have been taught the meaning of the work of Christ for our present lives.
Hudson Taylor said, "The Lord's work done in the Lord's way will never fail to have the Lord's provision." ...The Lord's work done in human energy is not the Lord's work any longer. It is something, but it is not the Lord's work.
This is not an age in which to be a soft Christian.
The Bible is clear here: 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.
If man has been kicked up out of that which is only impersonal by chance , then those things that make him man-hope of purpose and significance, love, motions of morality and rationality, beauty and verbal communication-are ultimately unfulfillable and thus meaningless.
When a man comes under the blood of Christ, his whole capacity as a man is refashioned. His soul is saved, yes, but so are his mind and his body. True spirituality means the lordship of Christ over the total man.
Each generation of the church in each setting has the responsibility of communicating the gospel in understandable terms, considering the language and thought-forms of that setting.
Christianity provides a unified answer for the whole of life.
Modern multiple divorce is rooted in the fact that many are seeking in human relationships what human relationships can never give. Why do they have multiple divorce, instead of merely promiscuous affairs? Because they are seeking more than merely sexual relationship.
Tell me what the world is saying today, and I'll tell you what the church will be saying in seven years.
As my son Frankie put it, Humanism has changed the Twenty-third Psalm: They began - I am my shepherd. Then - Sheep are my shepherd. Then - Everything is my shepherd. Finally - Nothing is my shepherd.
If there is no absolute beyond man's ideas, then there is no final appeal to judge between individuals and groups whose moral judgments conflict. We are merely left with conflicting opinions.
If there is no final place for civil disobedience, then the government has been made autonomous, and as such, it has been put in the place of the living God.
The Christian in the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.
Some psychological and sociological conditioning occurs in every man's life and this affects the decisions he makes. But we must resist the modern concept that all sin can be explained merely on the basis of conditioning.
If there is no absolute moral standard, then one cannot say in a final sense that anything is right or wrong.
Sometimes the greatest deterrent to a great marriage is believing you have a perfect marriage.
Most people catch their presuppositions from their family and surrounding society the way a child catches measles.
And the purpose of our creation, in which all our subsidiary purposes fit, is to be in a personal relationship to God, in communion with him, in love, by choice, the creature before the Creator.
You must not lose confidence in God because you lost confidence in your pastor.
If our confidence in God had to depend upon our confidence in any human person, we would be on shifting sand.
Most people catch their presuppositions from their family and surrounding society the way a child catches measles. But people with more understanding realize that their presuppositions should be chosen after a careful consideration of what world-view is true.
I hesitate to add, but I will, that this is fun.
God means Christianity to be fun. There is to be a reality of love and communication in the Christian-to-Christian relationship, individually and corporately, which is completely and truly personal.
Preaching the gospel without the Holy Spirit is to miss the entire point of the command of Jesus Christ for our era. In the area of "Christian activities" or "Christian service," how we are doing it is at least as important as what we are doing.
Thank God for the reality for which we were created, a moment-by-moment communication with God himself.
In the flesh rather than the work of the Spirit, it is easy to say we are showing holiness and it only be egotistic pride and hardness.
As Christians, we must see that just because an artist-even a great artist-portrays a worldview in writing or on canvas, it does not mean that we should automatically accept that worldview. Good art heightens the impact of that worldview, but it does not make it true.
The great distinction of a true Christian is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
How careful should he be, lest anything in his thoughts or feelings would be offensive to the Divine Guest.!
Apostasy must be called what it is, spiritual adultery.
The modern concept of separation is an argument for a total separation of religion from the state. The consequence of the acceptance of the doctrine leads to the removal of religion as an influence in civil government.
People drift from generation to generation, and the morally unthinkable becomes thinkable as the years move on.
Our trusting the Lord does not mean that there are not times of tears.
I think it is a mistake as Christians to act as though trusting the Lord and tears are not compatible.
Truth demands confrontation. It must be loving confrontation, but there must be confrontation nonetheless.