J.I. Packer on the Purpose of the Christian Life

We have been brought to the point where we both can and must get our life’s priorities straight.  From current Christian publications you might think that the most vital issue for any real or would-be Christian in the world today is church union, or social witness, or dialogue with other Christians and other faiths, or refuting this or that -ism, or developing a Christian philosophy and culture, or what have you.  But our line of study makes the present-day concentration on these things look like a gigantic conspiracy of misdirection.  Of course, it is not that; the issues themselves are real and must be dealt with in their place.  But it is tragic that, in paying attention to them, so many in our day seem to have been distracted from what was, is, and will be the true priority for every human being- that is, learning to know God in Christ.” ~ J.I. Packer, Knowing God, 314.

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