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From the Winter 2016 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

Time with God: An Interview with J.I. Packer

Professor of Theology at Regent College

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  But for us in the sophisticated West, he achieves far more by concealing himself and his spirits achieve far more by concealing themselves than by coming out into the open. So your textbook, to psyche you up and arm you for the real spiritual warfare, will be C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters. An all-time classic on the limited—but, within its limits, often effective—wisdom of Satan on how to achieve corrupting effects while keeping out of sight. The focus of spiritual warfare must be there whether we succeed in walking with God in a disciplined, consistent, holy way, despite all that the world throws at us and all the influences that might divert us from that, or whether Satan gets us down in relation to what we know we should be and had hoped to be. The purpose of Satan and his cohorts is to allure us into sin and unbelief. And the battle for us is to keep clear of both and continue believing and rejoicing and obeying and praying and living a holy life.


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J.I. Packer serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is author of numerous books, including Knowing God, Rediscovering Holiness, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, and Quest for Godliness. J. I. Packer has been the theologian emeritus of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) since its creation in 2009. He was awarded with the St. Cuthbert’s Cross at the Provincial Assembly of ACNA in 2014 by retiring Archbishop Robert Duncan for his “unparalleled contribution to Anglican and global Christianity.” He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford University.


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