A Christian Manifesto by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer. This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort. In this explosive book, Francis Schaeffer shows why morality and freedom have crumbled in our society. He calls for a massive movement-in. “Direction of Endeavor for Chinese Christianity in the Construction of New China” , commonly For theologian Francis Schaeffer’s book A Christian Manifesto, see Francis Schaeffer. For other manifestos by Christian groups, see Manifesto.

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I think at this later hour he believes that working within the system is not an option, rather we should be forming uniquely Christian communities. From a writing standpoint, it’s well-written. This should sound familiar. Chinese Protestants dispatched envoys all over China to see how this provision was being met in practice. Tian Feng closely followed the success of the manifesto and the number of its signatories.

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In fact Pastors are not, and are not trained to be, psychologists. This, and his deliberate failure to register his church with the RAD, led to his imprisonment for 23 years and ensued his worldwide fame. Amazing that a book written in is so applicable today. Humanism inevitably leads to a competition among the elite as to who gets to define what the law is as of any particular time in history–with human beings all too easily subservient to whatever the elite states. He makes a historical case for civil disobedience, pointing to men like Wesley, Finney, Knox, and especially Samuel Rutherford and his Lex Rex.

My experience with using pastors as psychologists and even small group leaders has always ended up in disaster.

Jul 31, John Yelverton rated it it was amazing. Second, the church should cut its ties with Western “imperialism”.

A Christian Manifesto by Francis A. Schaeffer

Elsewhere, though, the insistence that the US political system is to be held as the universal standard, and that this as a political system should be immutable, were less realistic. Its efforts failed, [38] and even though the TSPM was schaegfer even on the agenda of the meeting, it ended up schaeffrr supporting the manifesto and the TSPM, effectively terminating its own organization. Christian Values in Communist China. Schaeffer makes his point for Christianity of course and the reason why humanism has no firm foundation.

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In a shopping centre one is restricted in many ways, including freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Thus, the basic human desire of coveting something means that we will go out and spend framcis that we do not have to acquire something that they do not need just so that we look good among our neighbours.

Having justified civil disobedience, he explains what it should look like. Though this was written ineverything within it applies to today.

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I disagree or sometimes just withhold deciding whether to agree, probably because I do not share all of his specifically Christian world-view. Therefore I have outlined a number of areas briefly as to how the current legal system is nowhere near as bad as what Schaeffer, and others, are saying. This casts some schaeffet on his stated rationale. This is a profound manifetso often missing element in the Christianity that is presented to the world today. The state is not manifssto body of God ordained people.

He makes a number of excellent points, and many good points, but he also makes a number of points that I am not particularly fond of.

Wang Ming-Dao refused, unlike Watchman Nee who signed the manifesto. To me that sounds like hypocrisy. A summary of his argument comes near the end of the book: Upon their return, they planned to write a report about the situation and present it to the Chinese government. Chinese Recorder and Missionary Journal.

The social duty of the Christian is not, as Schaeffer franis, to establish a christian culture that holds back the darkness of voluntary sin, but to protect victims from the actions of others. While he speaks of our law losing its Christian foundation and moving into a more relativistic mindset it is clear here that he is speaking mainly of abortion, and this is something that I will address a little later.


The “humanists, having no god, must put something at the center, and it is inevitable society, government, or the state. Dec 24, Cheryl rated it did not like it Shelves: Cultural and political changes do not make truth untruthful. He makes two phenomenal points. The document urges Christians to accept the new communist reality, rather than to denounce their faith. Those who cannot find a true God, must settle for less-qualified substitutes.

Some of his predictions have come to pass in ways that differ slightly from the way he envisioned, but he would be surprised at nothing that is chrstian in our current political and social milieu.

He chronicles too briefly changes in the Soviet Empire and in the U. Abortion should be used in rare circumstances and not on an on demand basis as an exception to contraception. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. However, it is very much the case today, and many people can find themselves on the wrong side of a law suit simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Grossly speaking, it’s a manifesto, inherently dogmatic as a genre. China Inland Missionnaively, brushed off charges of imperialism on the grounds that churches they had founded were relatively independent.

Trivia About A Christian Manif Opening lines of the manifesto. It’s a quick read and worth the time to fill our minds with a balanced idea of how we should think and act in a secular society as the people of God. Thus, Christians have a basis for freedom and for disobedience. Any complaint should be against those things he identifies as improvements or as setbacks, rather than be against him for offering his opinion.