Wisdom of Life

Francis A. Schaeffer: On the Wisdom and the Principles of Life

“And with truth comes beauty
and with this beauty a freedom before God.”

 

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“To be really Bible-Believing Christians we need to practice, simultaneously, at each step of the way, two biblical principles.

One principle is that of the purity of the visible church. Scripture commands that we must do more than just talk about the purity of the visible church; we must actually practice it, even when it is costly.

The second principle is that of an observable love among all true Christians. In the flesh we can stress purity without love, or we can stess love without purity; we cannot stress both simultaneously. To do so we must look moment by moment to the work of Christ and to the Holy Spirit. Without that, a stress on purity becomes hard, proud, and legalistic; likewise without it a stress on love becomes sheer compromise.

Spiritually begins to have real meaning in our lives as we begin to exhibit simultaneously the holiness of God and the love of God. We never do this perfectly, but we must look to the living Christ to help us do it truly.

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.

The dignity of human life is unbreakably linked to the existence of the personal-infinite God. It is because there is a personal-infinite God who has made men and women in His own image that they have a unique dignity of life as human beings.”

Excerpts from:

  • Francis A. Schaeffer, Escape from Reason: A Penetrating Analysis of Trends in Modern Thought
  • Francis A. Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster

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~Francis August Schaeffer was an American Evangelical Christian theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor.

Excellence Reporter 2020

Categories: Wisdom of Life

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