Monday, January 30, 2012

100 Years of Schaeffer

Today would have been the 100th birthday of one of my Christian heroes - the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer.Comments below are from The Chief End of Man.
Francis Schaeffer—100?  Who can believe it?!  Schaeffer (1912-1984) was born 100 years ago on January 30th.   On this special occasion, it’s worth taking a few minutes to remember his important legacy.  Many of us were greatly blessed by his life.

Schaeffer was a Presbyterian pastor, then missionary, then apologist, prolific author, evangelist, film maker and activist .  He was one of six evangelical leaders  (along with Billy Graham, John Stott, J.I. Packer, Carl F. H. Henry, and Martyn Lloyd-Jones) who profoundly shaped the evangelical movement in the second half of the  20th  century....
And I liked this.
 ..Schaeffer also knew the power of truth.  He understood that a new subjective view of truth was emerging.   He insisted that God created us in his image and has spoken to us—hence we have a groundwork for knowing truth.  As the idea of truth was being relativized, Schaeffer talked about “true truth” and truth spelled with a capital “T.”   Yet Schaeffer wasn’t content to simply argue for truth, he went further saying that Biblical Christianity provides a unified answer for the whole of life.  And that truth is ultimately found in Jesus Christ. Discovering Christ and his truth leads us back to freedom and dignity.