Francis Schaeffer on the Holy Spirit

Francis Schaeffer on the Holy Spirit March 21, 2024
Does your church truly rely on the Holy Spirit? Or is your trust on human effort, planning, and committees? How important is the divine presence in your life together?  Francis Schaeffer once asked his wife:
“Edith, I wonder what would happen to most churches and Christian work if we awakened tomorrow, and everything concerning the reality and work of the Holy Spirit, and everything concerning prayer, were removed from the Bible. I don’t mean just ignored, but actually cut out—disappeared. I wonder how much difference it would make?”
“We concluded it would not make much difference in many board meetings, committee meetings, decisions and activities.”
—Edith Schaeffer, The Tapestry: The Life and Times of Francis and Edith Schaeffer (Waco: Word, 1981), 356.

Justin Taylor recently shared this quote on his Facebook and encouraged his readers “If you are in leadership at a church or a ministry or a board, this might be a good question to share and to discuss.”

The truth is that many of us have both in church and in our personal lives forgotten to live our lives in the power of the Holy Spirit and instead relying on human strength.  As the Bible says “Are you so foolish? “Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected bya the flesh?” (Gal 3:3, ESV).

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About Adrian Warnock
Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor. He worked as a psychiatrist and in the pharmaceutical industry on clinical trials. He has been a Christian writer since 2003 and is a published author. Alongside his career Adrian also served on a church leadership team. He was diagnosed with blood cancer in May 2017 and is the founder of Blood Cancer Uncensored an online patient support group. Adrian is passionate about helping people learn to approach suffering with hope and compassion. Adrian qualified in 1995 with an MB BS medical degree from London University (in the USA this would be called an MD). Adrian also has post graduate qualifications in both Psychiatry (MRCPsych) and Pharmaceutical Medicine (MFFM and DipPharmMed). He studied theology through courses organised by Newfrontiers. You can read more about the author here.
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