Harshness or compromise leads to caricature

“The Christian really has a double task. He has to practice both God’s holiness and God’s love. The Christian is to exhibit that God exists as the infinite-personal God; and then he is to exhibit simultaneously God’s character of holiness and love. Not His holiness without His love: this is only harshness. Not His love without His holiness: that is only compromise. Anything that an individual Christian or Christian group does that fails to show the simultaneous balance of the holiness of God and the love of God presents to a watching world not a demonstration of the God who exists but a caricature of the God who exists.”

-Francis Schaeffer quoted by John Piper in Contending for Our All: Defending Truth and Treasuring Christ in the Lives of Athanasius, Owen, and Machen (Crossway, 2006), concluding chapter

2 thoughts on “Harshness or compromise leads to caricature

  1. Favorite quotation from my favorite book by Francis Schaeffer. He goes on to say that we can exhibit either one of these in the flesh (holiness that is really self-righteousness, or love that is actually compromise) but to do both simultaneously requires the Holy Spirit. I recommend Schaeffer's best book, "The Church Before The Watching World."

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