Friday, April 20, 2018

Schaeffer: a cold kind of burning

Friday, April 20, 2018
    [Jesus:] “Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation.”
    —Matthew 23:34-36 (NIV)
    Men today do not, perhaps, burn the Bible, nor does the Roman Catholic Church any longer put it on the index, as it once did. But men destroy it in the form of exegesis: they destroy it in the way they deal with it. They destroy it by not reading it as written in normal literary form, by ignoring historical-grammatical exegesis, by changing the Bible’s own perspective of itself as propositional revelation in space and time, in history, by saying that only the “spiritual” portions of the Bible have authority for us.
    ... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), Death in the City, London: Inter-Varsity Press, 1969, Good News Publishers, 2002, p. 77-78 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 23:29-36; Jer. 8:9; 36:22-24; Matt. 22:29; Luke 16:31; John 5:39-40,46; Acts 8:32-35; 17:11; 2 Tim. 3:14-17; 2 Pet. 1:19-21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, restore Your word to Your people.
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