Thursday, September 17, 2015

Schaeffer: repentance for leaders

Thursday, September 17, 2015
    Feast of St. Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179
    Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
    —James 3:1 (NIV)
    To the extent that we are in a place of leadership (elder, pastor, teacher or whatever), we must especially hurry to repent because, if we do not, not only will we be hurt but so will the Lord’s work. If we are in the place of leadership, then hurry—hurry and repent when we sin.
    ... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), No Little People, Downer Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1974, reprint, Crossway, 2003, p. 59 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 3:1; 1 Sam. 15:26; Ps. 32:1-2; Matt. 5:23-26; Mark 1:15; 1 Tim. 3:2-3; 1 John 1:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, quicken the consciences of those who lead in Your church.
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