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  1. Our relationship with each other is the criterion the world uses to judge whether our message is truthful - Christian community is the final apologetic.
  2. 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.
  3. The beginning of men's rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart.
  4. Art is a reflection of God's creativity, an evidence that we are made in the image of God.
  5. We must not only be True. We must be Beautiful.
  6. This shift from the Judeo-Christian basis for law and the shift away from the restraints of the Constitution automatically militates against religious liberty.
  7. I believe that pluralistic secularism, in the long run, is a more deadly poison than straightforward persecution.
  8. Truth carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation, but confrontation nevertheless.
  9. 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.
  10. This is not an age in which to be a soft Christian.

Francis Schaeffer Short Quotes

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  • Sometimes the greatest deterrent to a great marriage is believing you have a perfect marriage.
  • Apostasy must be called what it is, spiritual adultery.
  • Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.
  • Modern man has both feet firmly planted in mid-air
  • Humanism is not wrong in its cry for sociological healing, but humanism is not producing it.
  • Truth carries with it confrontation.
  • Things, things, things. Always more things, and success is seen as the abundance of things.
  • Christianity is the greatest intellectual system the mind of man has ever touched.
  • The spiritual battle, the loss of victory, is always in the thought-world.
  • The church's or Christian group's methods are as important as its message.

Francis Schaeffer Quotes On Art

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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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

In God's world the individual counts. Therefore, Christian art should deal with the individual. — Francis Schaeffer

Christian art is the expression of the whole life of the whole person as a Christian. What a Christian portrays in his art is the totality of life. Art is not to be solely a vehicle for some sort of self-conscious evangelism. — Francis Schaeffer

A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God. An art work can be a doxology in itself. — Francis Schaeffer

No work of art is more important than the Christian's life, and every Christian is called to be an artist in this sense... The Christian's life is to be a thing of truth and also a thing of beauty in the midst of a lost and despairing world. — Francis Schaeffer

He who loses the arts loses the culture. — Francis Schaeffer

I am afraid that as evangelicals, we think that a work of art only has value if we reduce it to a tract. — Francis Schaeffer

Christian art today should be twentieth-century art. — Francis Schaeffer

How should an artist begin to do his work as an artist? I would insist that he begin his work as an artist by setting out to make a work of art. — Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer Quotes On Love

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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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

Truth demands confrontation. It must be loving confrontation, but there must be confrontation nonetheless. — Francis Schaeffer

Truth always carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation nevertheless. If our reflex action is always accommodation regardless of the centrality of the truth involved, there is something wrong. — Francis Schaeffer

If we do not show love to one another, the world has a right to question whether Christianity is true. — Francis Schaeffer

Jesus taught that the mark of the Christian is the observable love shown among all true believers. — Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer Quotes On Government

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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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

The basic problem of the Christians in this country in the last eighty years or so, in regard to society and in regard to government, is that they have seen things in bits and pieces instead of totals. — Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer Quotes On Generation

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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. — Francis Schaeffer

People drift from generation to generation, and the morally unthinkable becomes thinkable as the years move on. — Francis Schaeffer

I have come to the conclusion that none of us in our generation feels as guilty about sin as we should or as our forefathers did. — Francis Schaeffer

To fail to exhibit that we take truth seriously at those points where there is a cost in our doing so, is to push the next generation in the relative, dialectical millstream that surrounds us. — Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer Quotes On Christianity

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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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

Christianity provides a unified answer for the whole of life. — Francis Schaeffer

The Christian in the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

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.! — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

What we, the Christian community, have to do is to refuse men the right to ravish our land, just as we refuse them the right to ravish our women; to insist that somebody accepts a little less profit by not exploiting nature. — Francis Schaeffer

Modern man has not only thrown away Christian theology, he has thrown away the possibility of what our forefathers had as a basis for morality and law. — Francis Schaeffer

The purpose of apologetics is not just to win an argument or a discussion, but that people with whom we are in contact may become Christians and then live under the Lordship of Christ in the whole spectrum of life. — Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer Quotes On Life

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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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

The inward area is the first place of loss of true Christian life, of true spirituality, and the outward sinful act is the result. — Francis Schaeffer

Eternity will be wonderful, but there is one thing heaven will not contain, and that is the call, the possibility, and the privilege of living a supernatural life here and now by faith, before we meet Jesus face to face. — Francis Schaeffer

Man, made in the image of God, has a purpose - to be in relationship to God, who is there. Man forgets his purpose and thus he forgets who he is and what life means. — Francis Schaeffer

... you are not Christ's disciple, in the sense of following him, if this is not your way of life: rejected and slain daily! — Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer Quotes On Image

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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. — Francis Schaeffer

If God exists and we are made in his image we can have real meaning, and we can have real knowledge through what he has communicated to us. — Francis Schaeffer

All men bear the image of God. They have value not because they are redeemed, but because they are God's creation in God's image. — Francis Schaeffer

We cannot deal with people like human beings, we cannot deal with them on the high level of true humanity, unless we really know their origin-who they are. God tells man who he is. God tells us that He created man in His image. So man is something wonderful. — Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer Quotes On Made

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God has communicated to man, the infinite to the finite. The One who made man capable of language in the first place has communicated to man in language about both spiritual reality and physical reality, about the nature of God and the nature of man. — Francis Schaeffer

If I'm going to be in the right relationship with God, I should treat the things he has made in the same way he treats them. — Francis Schaeffer

The Christian should be the person who is alive, whose imagination absolutely boils, which moves, which produces something a bit different from God's world because God made us to be creative. — Francis Schaeffer

The soul is not more important than the body. God made the whole man and the whole man is important. — Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer Famous Quotes And Sayings

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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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

Tell me what the world is saying today, and I'll tell you what the church will be saying in seven years. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

If there is no absolute moral standard, then one cannot say in a final sense that anything is right or wrong. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

Most people catch their presuppositions from their family and surrounding society the way a child catches measles. — Francis Schaeffer

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. — Francis Schaeffer

Thank God for the reality for which we were created, a moment-by-moment communication with God himself. — Francis Schaeffer

This equation of the impersonal plus time plus chance producing the total configuration of the universe and all that is in it, modern people hold by faith. — Francis Schaeffer

Christianity is not a series of truths in the plural, but rather truth spelled with a capital 'T.' Truth about total reality, not just about religious things. Biblical Christianity is Truth concerning total reality - and the intellectual holding of that total Truth and then living in the light of that Truth. — Francis Schaeffer

...that is our calling: to show that there is a reality in personal relationship, and not just words about it. — Francis Schaeffer

If one starts with an impersonal beginning, the answer to morals eventually turns out to be the assertion that there are no morals. — Francis Schaeffer

Most people do not realize that there was a paid chaplain in Congress even before the Revolutionary War ended. — Francis Schaeffer

Eve doubted God, and I as a child of God am now to be exactly the opposite: I am to believe him. Eve doubted, and mankind in revolt doubts God. To believe him, not just when I accept Christ as Savior, but every moment, one moment at a time: this is the Christian life, and this is true spirituality. — Francis Schaeffer

God has ordained the state as a delegated authority; it is not autonomous. The state is to be an agent of justice, to restrain evil by punishing the wrongdoer, and to protect the good in society. When it does the reverse, it has no proper authority. It is then a usurped authority and as such it becomes lawless and is tyranny. — Francis Schaeffer

In the 20th century, evangelical Christians in America have naively accepted the role assigned to us by an anti-religious, anti-Christian consensus in our society. We have been relegated to a cultural backwater, where we are meant to paddle around content in the knowledge that we are merely allowed to exist. — Francis Schaeffer

Christ's crucifixion was on a hill, by a road, where everybody who passed by could not only see his pain, but also his shame. It was not done in a shadow, hidden away somewhere. — Francis Schaeffer

Today the separation of church and state in America is used to silence the church. When Christians speak out on issues, the hue and cry from the humanist state and media is that Christians, an all religions, are prohibited from speaking since there is a separation of church and state. — Francis Schaeffer

If you want a significant man, with absolutes, morality, and meaning, then you must have what the Bible insists upon - that God will judge men justly, and they will not be able to raise their voices because of the base upon which He judges them. — Francis Schaeffer

The overall way of thinking in the United States has shifted away from basic Biblical values, and the media share in the responsibility for this change. — Francis Schaeffer

...when I accept Christ as my Savior... I am immediately in a new and living relationship with each of the three persons of the Trinity. — Francis Schaeffer

Christianity is not just involved with "salvation", but with the total man in the total world. The Christian message begins with the existence of God forever, and then with creation. It does not begin with salvation. We must be thankful for salvation, but the Christian message is more than that. Man has a value because he is made in the image of God. — Francis Schaeffer

In my reading of philosophy, I saw that there were innumerable problems that nobody was giving answers for. the Bible, it struck me, dealt with man's problems in a sweeping, all-encompassing thrust. — Francis Schaeffer

The moral absolutes rest upon God's character. The moral commands He has given to men are an expression of His character. Men as created in His image are to live by choice on the basis of what God is. The standards of morality are determined by what conforms to His character, while those things which do not conform are immoral. — Francis Schaeffer

We must remember throughout our lives that in God's sight there are no little people and no little places. Only one thing is important: to be consecrated persons in God's place for us, at each moment. — Francis Schaeffer

If there is no absolute by which to judge society, society is absolute. — Francis Schaeffer

The difference between Christian thinking and the non-Christian philosopher has always been at this point. The non-Christian philosopher has always said that man is normal now, but biblical Christianity says he is abnormal now. — Francis Schaeffer

... these are the two factors that lead to the destruction of our environment: money and time-or to say it another way, greed and haste. The question is, or seems to be, are we going to have an immediate profit and an immediate saving of time, or are we going to do what we really should do as God's children? — Francis Schaeffer

The arbitrary division between church and state... is used, as an easily identifiable rallying point, to subdue the opinions of that vast body of citizens who represent those with religious convictions. — Francis Schaeffer

There is no use of Evangelicalism seeming to get larger and larger, if at the same time appreciable parts of Evangelicalism are getting soft at that which is the central core, namely the Scriptures. — Francis Schaeffer

So our building of the visible Church becomes much like any natural business function, using natural means and natural motives. — Francis Schaeffer

If Christians win a battle by using worldly means, they have really lost. — Francis Schaeffer

If the church is what it should be, young people will be there. But they will not just 'be there' - they will be there with the blowing of horns and the clashing of high-sounding cymbals, and they will come dancing with flowers in their hair. — Francis Schaeffer

‎People have presuppositions... By 'presuppositions' we mean the basic way that an individual looks at life- his worldview. The grid through which he sees the world. Presuppositions rest upon that which a person considers to be the truth of what exists. A person's presuppositions provide the basis for their values- and therefore the basis for their decisions. — Francis Schaeffer

Reality is not meant to be only creedal, though the creeds are important. Reality is to be experienced, and experienced on the basis of a restored relationship with God through that finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. — Francis Schaeffer

It is only as we consciously bring each victory to His feet, and keep it there as we think of it - and especially as we speak of it - that we can avoid the pride of that victory, which can be worse than the sin over which we claim to have had the victory. — Francis Schaeffer

One of the greatest injustices we do to our young people is to ask them to be conservative. Christianity is not conservative, but revolutionary. — Francis Schaeffer

No totalitarian authority nor authoritarian state can tolerate those who have an absolute by which to judge that state and its actions. The Christians had that absolute in God's revelation. — Francis Schaeffer

The church is something beautiful — Francis Schaeffer

We have the right to rid our houses of ants; but what we have no right to do is to forget to honor the ant as God made it, out in the place where God made the ant to be. When we meet the ant on the sidewalk, we step over him. He is a creature, like ourselves; not made in the image of God, it is true, but equal with man as far as creation is concerned. The ant and the man are both creatures. — Francis Schaeffer

Today the separation of church and state is America is used to silence the church... The way the concept is used today is totally reversed from the original intent... It is used today as a false political dictum in order to restrict the influence of Christian ideas... To have suggested the state separated from religion and religious influence would have amazed the Founding Fathers. — Francis Schaeffer

The ancients were afraid that if they went to the end of the earth they would fall off and be consumed by dragons. But once we understand that Christianity is true to what is there, true to the ultimate environment - the infinite, personal God who is really there - then our minds are freed. We can pursue any question and can be sure that we will not fall off the end of the earth. — Francis Schaeffer

Technologically, modern man does everything he can do-he functions on this single boundary principle. Modern man, seeing himself as autonomous, with no personal-infinite God who has spoken, has no adequate universal to supply an adequate second boundary condition; and man being fallen is not only finite, but sinful. Thus man's pragmatically made choices have no reference point beyond human egotism. It is dog eat dog, man eat man, man eat nature. — Francis Schaeffer

To die is to be with the Lord. It is not just an idea, it is a reality. — Francis Schaeffer

Life Lessons by Francis Schaeffer

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  1. Francis Schaeffer taught that life is a gift from God, and should be lived in a way that honors Him. He believed that every individual is of infinite worth and should be treated with respect and dignity.
  2. He also believed that truth and beauty should be sought out and embraced, and that life should be lived with the purpose of glorifying God.
  3. Finally, Schaeffer taught that the Christian faith should be lived out in a way that brings glory to God and brings about positive change in the world.

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