Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Schaeffer: the chasm

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.
    —1 Timothy 6:20-21 (ESV)
    We cannot expect [people] to take seriously our belief in objective truth, if in our practice we indicate only a quantitative difference between all men who are in ecclesiastical structures or who use theological language. I do not mean that we should not have open dialogue with men; my words and practice emphasize that I believe love demands it. But I do mean that we should not give the impression in our practice that, just because they are expressed in traditional Christian terminology, all religious concepts are on a graduated, quantitative spectrum—that in regard to central doctrine no chasm exists between right and wrong.
    ... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), Death in the City, London: Inter-Varsity Press, 1969, Good News Publishers, 2002, p. 74 (see the book)
    See also 1 Tim. 6:20-21; Pr. 1:7; Isa. 5:21; Rom. 1:22-23; 12:16; 1 Cor. 1:19-23; 2:6; 3:19; 8:1; Col. 2:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord Jesus, You are the center of unity among Your people.
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