Evidence of Keller’s disdain for God’s law was clearly presented in the last post, as well as other previous articles in this series. He has mastered the art of undermining God’s law while simultaneously appearing to be committed to truth: “For certain men have crept in unawares…” Jude 1:4. The undeniable foundation of Keller’s antinomianism begins with his redefinition of sin; Keller refers to it as a “better” definition, whereby he completely omits God’s law. Dr. Paul M. Elliott sums it up perfectly:
“In his writings and teachings, Keller avoids the word “sin” and rejects the Biblical definition of the term. In fact, one of the chapters in Keller’s book The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith is titled “Redefining Sin”. In an interview for USA Today Keller explained his position:”
“Is this how the Bible speaks of sin? Can any true preacher of the Gospel dare to “rebrand” the word ‘sin’? Never! Is sin merely, as Keller puts it, “I live for myself, for my own glory and happiness, and I’ll work for your happiness if it helps me”? Is sin merely “self-centeredness [that] is destroying peace and justice in the world, tearing the net of interwovenness, the fabric of humanity”? No. Scripture defines sin as any lack of conformity to, or violation of, the law of God (1 John 3:4, Romans 4:15). As such, it is the most serious problem in the universe. Sin isn’t merely an offense against God’s law, which emanates from the holiness of God. That is bad enough. Beyond that, sin is an offense against God the Lawgiver Himself!” (Exodus 32:33, Deuteronomy 32:51, Psalm 51:4). http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/?view=post&blogid=5449&articleid=77114
Below is an excerpt from an article written by Keller titled “Religion-less Spirituality.” He begins with a shout-out to atheists’ Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche for their “powerful critiques of religion” (devilish rants TB) followed by an edict to the church that we must heed the warnings of these philosophical giants (iniquitous fools TB) because their worthy assessments (vile ramblings TB) of Christianity have “a ring of truth” and are the reason many people “seeking spirituality will reject religion.” But scripture tears down Keller’s unbiblical nonsense and reveals the real reason people reject God:
Amen. Man loves his sin and therefore hates God’s law. This is why people “reject religion.”
Tim Keller’s lawless teachings are further exposed in the below statements from the article:
“Even more than Freud, Jesus condemned self-justification through moral performance, at one point claiming that religion was more spiritually dangerous than overt immorality…”
Christ condemned hypocrisy, not true religion that expresses itself in humble obedience. On the contrary, Christ demands obedience from his people. There is no likeness or commonality regarding religion between Freud and Christ.
“Jesus and Karl Marx agreed that religion is a pretext for oppression….”
Christ again condemns the hypocritical false religion of the Pharisees, not true religion in the power of the Spirit. There is no likeness regarding religion between Karl Marx and Jesus Christ.
“Christians must demonstrate the difference between religion and the gospel through community service…..”
The difference between religion and the gospel has nothing to do with community service and everything to do with living in the power of the Spirit that produces a love of the law, resulting in a life of humble obedience and righteousness. Scripture confirms that this is what the unbelieving world needs to see. Though the truly transformed believer has a deep concern for the needs of others it is clearly not what distinguishes us, as there are multitudes of atheists and secular humanists more than willing to write very large checks to various philanthropic organizations; this proves nothing. All of the natural man’s righteous deeds are as filthy rags before a Holy God. (Isaiah 64:6)
“Pushing moral behavior before lifting up Christ is religion…”
Keller’s statement is a complete departure from scripture. Proclaiming grace through Christ before a person has any concept of their hopelessly sinful condition is futile, as the very knowledge of sin comes only through the law. Does a physician administer treatment before informing the patient that he is sick?
“The church today is calling people to Christ in a “tone of voice” that confirms their worst fears……”
The Apostle Paul’s tone of voice to the Romans:
Jesus’ tone of voice to the multitudes gathered around Him:
The Apostle Paul’s tone of voice to the Corinthians:
Jesus Christ’s tone of voice to his disciples:
Do Paul or Jesus seem the least bit concerned with “tone of voice?” or with the “worst fears” of the multitudes gathered to hear them? Keller’s statement is ridiculous.
While speaking of a conversation he had with a woman who recently started attending his church and was conflicted about abortion, Keller states:
Please note that this woman “experienced” three abortions; she did not commit the sin of aborting three children on three different occasions- no, not at Keller’s church- at Dr. Timothy Keller’s man-centered, seeker-sensitive, unoffensive church, this woman “experienced” three abortions.
Rape is experienced; an abortion is committed. What’s more, abortion is a violation of God’s law. But don’t count on hearing this truth preached at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Warn the brethren.
“It has been said that every unregenerate sinner has the heart of a Pharisee. This is true; and it is equally true that every unregenerate sinner has the heart of an Antinomian. This is the character which is expressly given to the carnal mind: it is “enmity against God”; and the proof of this is that “it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7).” A.W. Pink (1886-1952)
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