I heard a sermon this past summer which had many good things in it, but the preacher made some sweeping speculative comments in the application which could raise a number of unnecessary problems for those listening.  Specifically, he seemed to be articulating a “higher life” vision of Christian growth.  That is, once you are truly broken, you kind of enter a new reality where struggle considerably dissipates.

I don’t entirely disagree as there is literature throughout church history which has themes moving in that direction.  I have also experienced a bit of it myself.  The problem was that this preacher did not balance it with alerting us to the continued struggle.  Since many listening pretty much assume the preacher is correct on all counts, I was a bit concerned by the lack of clarification in his comments.

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