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You ask if anyone with such a sick history as yourself can live a normal Christian life. One would have to say, “What is the normal Christian life?”

None of us are normal, even after we are Christians-if we mean by that being perfect.

What is possible, however, is for us to live in the fullness of life in the circle of who we are, constantly pressing on the border lines to try to take further steps. This is not done in our own strength, but looking to the Lord moment by moment as well as day by day.

– Francis Schaeffer, Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer: Spiritual Reality in the Personal Christian Life

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  1. Glenn Davis says:

    I am not a Calvinist, but I am attracted to the exegetical teaching of many Reformed pastors and theologians. However, Reformed bashing of the Keswick Movement has been a major turn-off to my adopting Reformed teaching. Yes, Keswick teaching has its problems, but the lives of those who were changed by it are a who’s who of 19th century Evangelicalism.

    Francis Schaeffer admired Keswick authors and in the same book you quoted he wrote, “”It seems to me, in having read with care a great deal of the material flowing from these people, they did understand the spiritual reality of the Lord’s work done the Lord’s way, and a commitment in practical ways to the headship of Christ and the leadership of the indwelling Holy Spirit” (pg. 57). Maybe the title to Watchman Nee’s most famous book, *Normal Christian Life* is a bit misleading, but I have learned to walk more intimately with my Savior as a result of reading it.

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