“We come back, then, to where we started. The question is not whether we are good at theology or ‘balanced’ (horrible, self-conscious word!) in our approach to problems of Christian living. The question is, can we say, simply, honestly, not because we feel that as evangelicals we ought to, but because it is a plain matter of fact, that we have known God, and that because we have known God the unplesantness we have had or the pleasantness we have not had, through being Christians, does not matter to us? If we really knew God, this is what we would be saying, and if we are not saying it, that is a sign that we need to face ourselves more sharply with the difference between knowing God and merely knowing about him.” –J. I. Packer

(Adapted and published by crossway.org. The original comes from his book Knowing God)

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