The failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth – Francis Schaeffer Quote

Francis Schaeffer died in 1984.  However, his words live on:

Here is the great evangelical disaster-the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth. There is only one word for this-namely, ‘ACCOMMODATION:’ the evangelical church has accommodated to the world spirit of the age. —Francis Schaeffer

The failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth (ht: The Poached Egg – Ratio Christi).

World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse

The current World Vision flap calls to mind some interesting history.

World Vision was founded in 1950 by a man named Bob Pierce, who after leaving World Vision, founded Samaritan’s Purse.  The two organizations were each formed with essentially the same purpose: to help the world’s poor in the name of Jesus Christ.  I’m pretty sure World Vision is much larger than Samaritan’s Purse, but I don’t know how much larger.

Bob Pierce famously said, “Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.”  Pierce wanted to mobilize Christians to care for the poor around the world, and succeeded in creating two organizations – both of which have outlived him – to do just that.  Through Him, he continues to achieve a transfer of significant American material wealth into food, water, and other necessities for the needy around the globe.  In so doing, he gives practical ways that willing Christians can reach those most in need of help.

Before he died in 1978, Pierce brought in Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s son) to lead Samaritan’s Purse.  As a young adult, Franklin had been rebellious to his father and his father’s faith, and Bob Pierce became a mentor of his redemption.  When the news broke earlier this week that World Vision was essentially going along with the cultural drift toward the corruption of marriage, Franklin Graham, along with Al Mohler, was one of the first to speak out against the move.  In a statement, Franklin Graham said:

“I was shocked today to hear of World Vision’s decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages. The Bible is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.  My dear friend, Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritan’s Purse, would be heartbroken. He was an evangelist who believed in the inspired Word of God.  World Vision maintains that their decision is based on unifying the church – which I find offensive – as if supporting sin and sinful behavior can unite the church.  From the Old Testament to the New Testament, the Scriptures consistently teach that marriage is between a man and woman and any other marriage relationship is sin.”

Although World Vision has reversed its ill-advised decision, its long-time supporters remain shaken and will need time before their confidence in the organization can be restored, if at all.  Of these two Pierce-founded organizations that help the truly poor in the name of Christ, one appears to remain wholly steadfast to its original purpose.


Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse Explains in Half an Hour What’s Wrong with the Sexual Revolution

The link below is to a 33-minute audio recording (podcast) of Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, recorded at a talk she gave to a recent student chapel service at Biola University (originally the Bible Institute of Los Angeles).  I have recommended the work of Dr. Morse in the past (click here for other posts I have written on her work).

I am making reference to this particular talk because it is a particularly pithy distillation of her thinking and powerfully conveys both a diagnosis and prescription for what is wrong with sexual ethics in today’s culture.

Like her, I was a child in the 1950’s.  The ’50’s were a corrupt age – just not as corrupt as the ’60’s.  Dr. Morse makes clear why “the sexual revolution” was the wrong direction for society to take, and why the ’60’s, and all the decades since, were not a departure from what was wrong with the ’50’s, but rather a departure of one of the things it had right – the presumption of permanence in marriage.  Yes, the decade of the ’50’s was a repressed age, and the ”60’s unrepressed by comparison.  Having experienced both, I can assure you that we could benefit from some more repression.

Dr. Morse also shows in this talk why even unbelievers should care about this issue, for abandonment of the presumption of permanence in marriage has led to all sorts of government constraints and costs. That is, government has been increasingly intruding in our lives because of the sexual revolution.

I will add that I think we as Christians paved the way for “same-sex marriage” in our time by not taking a firm stand against easy divorce (no-fault divorce, unilateral divorce) in the decades past.  If we want to be heard as standing up for the sanctity of marriage, we need to stand against all its enemies – which means divorce as well as homosexuality.

I will also add that I believe the greatest sin of America in the 1950’s was thinking that there was such as thing as goodness without God.  Anyone who tries to become a better person without trusting the Lord Jesus Christ for the power to achieve it is going to have a very rough time.  “Did we in our own strength confide our striving would be losing” (from “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” by Martin Luther).   Even today, we cannot truly and enduringly love without Him…for He is love.

If you are familiar with Dr. Morse’s work, you’re not likely to find anything new here.  But if you’re looking for something of hers that is succinct and compact to pass on to someone you think might be receptive, this could be it.  How wondeful it would be to have a national dialogue around the issues she raises.

Dr. Morse’s podcast blog page.