Francis Nigel Lee on Pietism

Speaking to Pietism

“Here he [Satan] makes the Christians so heavenly-minded that they are of no earthly use. They spend all of their time in church or at prayer meetings, they lose all of their zeal for the Creator God and this world of His. In this case the church becomes other-wordly, unearthly and irrelevant to real life. It becomes progressively more and more alienated from the real issues. It becomes foreign to God’s world. Lonely and defeated, this kind of church then surrenders all the other areas of life outside of the church to the forces of anti-Christ. And these forces of anti-Christ ultimately surrounds and destroy this pietism. What pietism therefore produces, above all, is its own gravediggers.”

Francis Nigel Lee
A Christian Manifesto, 17:00

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I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

5 thoughts on “Francis Nigel Lee on Pietism”

  1. Gravediggers indeed! Profoundly puzzling servanthood.

    Christian Acrostic

    Christian acrostic, you seem so agnostic,

    Of truth in the public domain.

    You fashion your stance from an incomplete glance,

    From awareness, you must now abstain.

    Sin now cavalier, midst your own public sphere,

    Dares you to stand for your maker.

    But you limit your say, as well as your look,

    In public retreat, with your privatized book.

  2. Very scathing and sobering statements.
    It does actually put a little bit of a reality check on those who claim that Christ’s kingdom is somehow “reduced” or “confused” if we start dealing with “worldly” things and not “spiritual” or “redemptive” things.

    Generally speaking, if the church has no seeming relevance to what is going on in culture, there is no real understanding for why Christianity is needed at all. So, when applied to its logical extent, this actually does speak to the fact that this renders the church useless in terms of evangelism as well.

    1. Well, Christopher, Christianity would still be needed for fire insurance and so as to provide a rational for escapism and mysticism.

      Such Christians though are doing service for the humanist power religion that shapes the culture.

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