On April 21st , an eighty-year-old Charles Colson passed from this life.
Alongside C.S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer, Colson will go down to history as one of the foremost apologists of the 20th century.
The author of more than 30 books, he pursued a relentless schedule of traveling and speaking.
His Prison Fellowship Ministries helped to reach millions of prisoners with the gospel and to bring prison reform to the United States.
He built a program for training lay leaders in worldview thinking, called Centurions.
Through the Colson Center website, he sponsored and published research on how the Biblical worldview relates to everything from literature to food.
His BreakPoint radio commentaries have inspired millions of Christians to think more deeply about their faith and how it relates to current events.
He worked to bring reforms in the U.S. criminal justice system, as well as spearheading work in prisoner rehabilitation.
When Christians of the late 20th and early 21st century were becoming confused by postmodernism and the emergent church movement, Colson brought Biblical clarity.
In the 90’s, he teamed up with Richard John Neuhaus to spearhead ecumenical work between evangelicals and Catholics, culminating in a joint statement of faith titled, ‘Evangelicals and Catholics Together: Toward a Common Mission.’
In 2009 he was the principal writer and driving force behind another ecumenical statement, known as the Manhattan Declaration. This called on believers from the three main branches of Christendom not to comply with rules and laws permitting abortion, same-sex marriage and other matters that go against their consciences. Continue reading