Tim Keller Redefines Justification

Irrefutable evidence that Tim Keller is redefining Christianity and the church has been clearly demonstrated in the previous articles posted in this series- all in his own words via audio, video and quoted excerpts with original links for confirmation.

If you have followed this series and given attention to read and listen to those links you should have noticed by now a consistent pattern with Dr. Keller; his claims do not line up with his teachings– a classic characteristic of the Jude 1:4 teacher who has “crept in unawares.

This post will further expose Keller’s deceptive skills as he redefines justification, all while claiming to hold to the reformed position of justification by faith alone.

* Definitional clarification on a few terms is necessary before viewing Keller’s video presentation:

Charity  the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need.

Mercy  an undeserved act of compassion.

Social Justice  noun
justice in terms of the redistribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society. The concept of social justice, a phrase widely believed to be coined by the catholic, Jesuit priest Luigi Taparelli, is often referred to as a person’s right to receive what is due them from society.

Liberation Theology  a movement in Christian theology, developed mainly by Latin American Roman Catholics, that emphasizes liberation from social, political, and economic oppression as an anticipation of ultimate salvation.

It is important to note that:

  1. Social justice is the antithesis of the biblical mandate to be personally responsible, hard-working individuals, merciful to your neighbor and charitable to those in need as far as you will or are able: “For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will, ye may do them good: but me ye have not always” Mark 14:7.
  2. Social justice is the opposite of the clear, biblical teaching that one will reap the benefits of their labor, enabling them to leave an inheritance to their children, while the sloth will suffer the consequences of his slothful ways;  Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.” Proverbs 10:4.
  3. Social justice promotes the concept of forcibly taking from the “haves” to give to the “have nots” -this is anti-Christian through and through. Scripture knows nothing of the progressive cry for social justice, defined as that which is “owed” to people.
  4. Nothing is owed to anyone if they did not work to earn it; For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat” 2 Thessalonians 3:10. Nothing is “due” anyone! In scripture it is only charity- only mercy.

We must remember that the moment the word “justice” is invoked it ceases to be charity or mercy.

In the video below Keller is speaking on the biblical mandate for social justice at a Gospel Coalition event. Keller turns the book of James on its head by promoting Marxist social justice as biblical mercy and charity, thereby redefining both mercy and charity, making it clear that social justice is what James is teaching.

Keller’s deceptive skill level of language manipulation and double-speak is in overdrive as he first tells his audience that “most people think they understand justification but they really do not” and he wants to set the record straight. He spends the next few minutes claiming to affirm the reformed doctrine of justification by faith alone, and the last 27 minutes completely dismantling justification by faith alone- adding required works of “justice” to justify the sinner, all while repeatedly reminding us “now I’m not saying you’re saved by works!” Mmmm… yes he is, which is why he has to repeatedly assure you that he is not. Double-speak in action, folks!

Tim Keller demeans the cross of Christ by redefining justification- insisting that justification is more than just “what Jesus did”“that’s only part of it” – “it’s not the whole”…Tim Keller insists that justification also makes the sinner righteous, so much so that “everything in the universe salutes you”….and this new found righteousness leads to social justice because “justice equals justification and justification equals justice.”

He adamantly insists that the doctrine of justification, rightly proclaimed and “practiced”, tells the oppressed that they “count” and they are “loved unconditionally.”  Justification is not “practiced” and scripture makes no such preference for the materially poor, nor does it teach unconditional love and acceptance- NONE OF THIS HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH JUSTIFICATION. Next, he warns us never to give the poor a “self-help” message because it will “destroy them!” Keller goes on to say that only when the world sees the church engulfed in social justice will they ever “listen to us!”

Tim Keller insists that: “For the Christian justification leads to justice, and for the world justice leads to justification.”

To that God says, “No!” “STOP!”

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”  Romans 8:29-30

God’s gracious gift of faith and repentance through the finished work of Christ is the only means by which a person is justified. Social justice will not lead to justification for anyone.

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteous deeds are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf” Isaiah 64:6

Keller’s redefinition of justification wreaks of the false gospel of the Catholic Church with their hatred of justification by faith alone. This is nothing more than Catholicism as best demonstrated in their perverted Liberation Theology.

This is not justification by faith alone.

 

It is important to distinguish Keller’s teaching from the Apostle James, who teaches works as the evidence that a profession of faith is genuine.  Keller teaches works as the “second part” of the very definition of justification, repeatedly reminding his listeners in the video that “there is no justification without justice.” 

Justification is not an internal work in us, it is an external act outside of us. To God the Father through the sole work of the Son be all the glory!

Gordon H. Clark expounds on the proper understanding of justification as taught in the Holy scriptures in this brief, summarized lecture:  https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=12606134010

“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” John 19:30

We will continue to expose the real Tim Keller as this series continues in the next post.

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3 Comments
  1. Steve 3 weeks ago

    “irrefutable evidence” … unless a person can think biblically and logically

    each article just gets more and more far-fetched and ludicrous … and that is irrefutable

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    Toni Brown 3 weeks ago

    lollardnow I don’t know when John Mac and Phil Johnson will wake up to the reality that the men they promote are compromised. They need to separate and call them out by name- if they do not there is blood on their hands. As for me, I will continue to warn.

  3. lollardnow 3 weeks ago

    Dr. Tim Keller is one of the founders of the Gospel Coalition.

    Yearlong brothers and speakers at Shepherdsconference of Dr. John Macarthur and Phil Johnson are Dr. Al Mohler, Dr. Mark Dever, Dr. Ligon Duncan, and Dr. H.B. Charles. But John Macarthur and Phil Johnson know that all these men also are TGC Councilmembers under the leadership of Dr. Tim Keller.

    At Shepcon 2019 again TGC Councilmembers Dr. Al Mohler, Dr. Mark Dever, Dr. H.B. Charles and Dr. Ligon Duncan are expected to speak together with Dr. John Macarthur, thereby Dr. John Macarthur given all these TGC Councilmembers at least a tacid endorsement inspite of the signing by Dr. John Macarthur and Phil Johnson of the Dallas Statement.

    Why dont they see what you write about Dr. Tim Keller ?
    Is it perhaps, Toni, because you, P&P and BTWN are considered uneducated amateurs in comparison to the highly educated professionals ?

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