The anti-Christian

looking back

There is nothing more cheering than transformed Christian people and there is nothing more disintegrating than people who have been merely “brushed” by Christianity, people who have been sown with a thousand seeds but in whose lives there is no depth and no rootage . . .

This is the wood from which
anti-Christians . . . are cut.
They are almost always
former half-Christians.

A person who lets Jesus only half way into his heart is far poorer than one hundred per cent worldling. He does not get the peace that passes all under-standing and he also loses the world’s peace, because his naïveté has been taken from him. Therefore a constant bickering goes on in his heart and it is quite apparent than one day in a fit of rage he will slam the door on that quiet Figure, who even then has continued to knock and seek entrance. The anti-Christian is always a half-Christian gone mad. This you can depend upon.

–Helmut Thielicke
The Waiting Father

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