Francis of Assisi, Saint (1182-1226) – Founder of the Franciscan order, with it’s three pillars of “Poverty, Preaching, and Penance.”
Freemasonry – A system of belief and practice which does much outward and civic good, but denies the basic, historic, orthodox teachings of the Bible.
Fundamentalism – A broad conservative Christian movement which seeks to establish fellowship and cooperation based on acceptance of only the most basic and essential Biblical doctrines.
Galesburg Rule – A statement of principle and policy formulated by American Lutheran theologian Charles Porterfield Krauth and adopted by the Lutheran General Council meeting at Galesburg, Illinois in1875; namely, “Lutheran pulpits for Lutheran ministers only; Lutheran altars for Lutheran communicants only.”
Gladstone, William Ewart (1809-1898) – British Prime minister during much of Queen Victoria’s reign, a tireless opponent of slavery, defender of Catholic rights, but a conservative evangelical Christian who believed in “the impregnable Rock of Holy Scripture.”
Gnosticism – A religious movement in the early church which stressed salvation through “secret knowledge,” and the material world as only evil; thus, oddly, both ascetic and libertine.