Sunday, May 10, 2020

Schaeffer: the place for the chasm

Sunday, May 10, 2020
     These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.
    —Titus 2:15 (NIV)
    Those on both sides who continue to hold to the historic view concerning the Bible should say “I’m sorry” where it is needed. Both sides should let history be history and not reopen the old sores, except to learn not to repeat the same mistakes in an even more complicated and subtle age. The broader group should realize that a line must be drawn with love, yet drawn. The other side should realize that harshness is not to be confused with standing for holiness and that, in an age like our own, surrounded by a relativistic culture and by a relativistic church, which bends the Bible to the changing whims of this age, the chasm should be kept in the right place, with all our strongly believed-in distinctives on this side of the chasm, rather than making the distinctives the chasm.
    ... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), foreword to Foundation of Biblical Authority, ed. James Montgomery Boice, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978, p. 18-19 (see the book)
    See also Tit. 2:15; Eph. 4:1-3,15; 2 Tim. 4:2; Tit. 3:10-11; 2 John 10-11; Rev. 3:19
Quiet time reflection:
    Unveil our eyes, Lord, that we may see and know the unity that You have provided for us.
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