Francis Schaeffer quotes

Francis Schaeffer

“Doctrinal rightness and rightness of ecclesiastical position are important, but only as a starting point to go on into a living relationship – and not as ends in themselves.”

“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.”

“Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.”

“I believe that pluralistic secularism, in the long run, is a more deadly poison than straightforward persecution.”

Schaeffer penned these words 30-40 years ago and their relevancy and poignancy become more and more distinct as the years go by. What he said as a “seer” (of sorts) all those years ago could be considered mere observation today. Ponder, discuss, and enjoy!


~ by Ted Wueste on September 27, 2012.

3 Responses to “Francis Schaeffer quotes”

  1. What does he mean by “ecclesiastical position”? Is this another way of saying denomination or something more meaningful?

    • Great question, Josh. Likely, Schaeffer meant something along those lines – the authority or “rightness” that any one church might claim to have.

  2. Couldn’t agree more … there’s definitely a balance to be had. Jesus was both absolutely right (in Himself) and the proclaimer of absolute truth and yet had compassion, gentleness and mercy that outweighed all. Doctrinal rightness as an end in itself is the road down a negatively introverted, navel-gazing,ultimately selfish path. Theology, and right theology, that is really a good thing in itself, is meant to be acted upon in relationship with Christ first and then given in charity and mercy to others, not as a means of self-exaltation in a persons knowledge, but in love pointing the way to the One who set us free. Love me some Schaeffer! Good quotes, thanks for sharing. 🙂

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