Tim Keller: The Antinomian

What is an antinomian?

ANTINOMIAN  (noun)

  1. relating to the view that Christians are released by grace from the obligation of observing the moral law.

Antinomians are anti-law. Tim Keller would publicly reject the idea that he is an antinomian, but an examination of his teachings exposes a hater of the law (Romans 8:7).

In this series Keller’s teachings have been thoroughly examined against scripture exposing him as a false teacher who has crept in unawares (Jude 1:4), and therefore not a believer. There are many voices in the professing church insistent that Christians have no grounds to assertively censure others “within the church”, particularly in a condemning manner. This position is false:

“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:4

“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Ephesians 5:11

This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth. To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.”   Titus 1:13-15

 “As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine.”   1 Timothy 1:3

 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” Philippians 3:18-19 

NO ONE WHO HAS ANY REAL KNOWLEDGE OF KELLER’S MINISTRY CAN DENY THAT HE “MINDS EARTHLY THINGS!”

“Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have departed from the truth.” 2 Timothy 2:17-18

Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected.” 2 Timothy 3:8

“The Bereans were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” Acts 17:11

“If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.” 2 John 1:11

 And to the professing Christians who claim that certain privileges, including a searing, public rebuke, were exclusive to prophets and apostles, Paul says this:

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

“Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us (apostles TB).”   Philippians 3:17

Dr. Tim Keller does claim, and will continue to claim a sound, biblical theology while sneaking in damnable heresies (2 Peter 2:1) for as long as necessary to obtain the intended goal; infiltrate and redefine the church and Christianity. People will continue to be led astray, and to ardently defend Dr. Keller until this one truth is understood.

One of Keller’s most widely circulated books on grace and law is his Galatians For You study guide, which was used all over the world in small group studies and Sunday school curriculum. The excerpt below from Dr. E. S. Williams’ thorough examination of the book issues a stern warning:

Keller writes, “Interpreting the first fifteen verses of Galatians 5, Paul tells the Galatians ‘that Christians need not fear any condemnation because of their failure to keep the law, because they are righteous in Christ… Everything about the Christian gospel is freedom. Jesus’ whole mission was an operation of liberation” (p131). Developing his theme, Keller says ‘that law-keeping religion is really slavery’ (p132). He then makes this statement: ‘But here Paul once more makes his radical claim that pagan idolatry and biblical moralism (ie: keeping the laws of the Bible) are basically the same thing. The Galatians had been amoral liberals, and now they were about to become very moral conservatives’ (p133). Keller’s statement is suggesting to his reader that biblical morality, which he defines as keeping the laws of the Bible, is the moral equivalence of pagan idolatry. The clear inference is that God’s moral law, which reflects God’s holy character, is no better than pagan idols. Keller again reveals his intense dislike of ‘very moral’ conservative Christians; those who are born again and who strive to keep the moral law of God. In The Reason for God, Keller calls born again Christians fanatics, ‘intense Christian… intense moralists or, as they were called in Jesus’ time, Pharisees’ (p57).

Keller’s flawed, heretical interpretation makes no distinction between the ceremonial law, which was fulfilled by Christ and has passed away, and God’s moral law, which is eternal and applies to all people for all time. True Christian believers, who accept God’s moral law as a rule for life, as outlined in the Westminster Confession of Faith, are obligated to keep the law. Our Lord said: ‘For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 5.18-19).

In Galatians for You, Keller begins with an orthodox exegesis of Paul’s letter. When he comes to Galatians 4, he states, ‘These verses set before us two contrasts. One is between gospel faith and worldly religion (v8-11)…the other is between gospel ministry and worldly ministry (v12-20)’ (p103). Keller then actively pursues worldly religion (psychoanalytic theory) and worldly ministry (social action), all the while pretending to present gospel faith and gospel ministry. He accomplishes this by relying on psychodynamic theory to interpret Scripture. Thus he revises the message of Scripture in ways so resonant with our modern culture that the revision is hardly visible. He tries to make Scripture say that insight-oriented psychotherapy (heart diagnosis), the prescription of therapeutic works (idol-exchange), and social activism (community organization) are all requirements for the Christian life. In so doing, Keller offers his readers exactly what the Judaizers offered the Galatians! He offers a different gospel which is really no gospel at all (Galatians 1:6,’7) however bewitching it may appear. (Galatians 3:1)

View the full review here: http://www.newcalvinist.com/review-kellers-galatians/

From his best-selling book The Prodigal God, Keller’s antinomianism is exposed when he says that “careful obedience to God’s law may actually serve as a strategy for rebelling against God.”

Really?

21 “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.     John 14:21-24

Keller has heavily influenced teachers and writers who are regularly promoted and very widely read inside the church. As an active participant in “ladies only” Bible studies in the past, I was personally exposed to 3 such “women’s ministry” leaders who have adopted Keller’s perverted understanding of grace and the law: Elyse Fitzpatrick, Nancy Guthrie and Barbara Duguid. In their own words:

Fitzpatrick:  “Yes…I think that there was a time when I resisted this message but I had good friends who were continuing to speak the message of grace to me. They made me read [Tim] Keller and listen to grace-centered sermons. And then, while I was on the road to writing Because He Loves Me (a strongly theological book) I had epiphany after epiphany. And then once I was on this road the message just became stronger and stronger in my heart.”  https://cbmw.org/topics/womanhood-blog/no-fluff-no-bricks-just-good-news-an-interview-with-elyse-fitzpatrick/   “There were a number of people who influenced me including pastors, authors, and friends. I would say that at the beginning Tim Keller’s study on Galatians began to open my eyes.” http://counselingoneanother.com/2013/03/08/interview-with-elyse-fitzpatrick/

 

Guthrie: From her website, “God has been preparing me my whole life for teaching his Word, He has blessed me with so many sound Bible teachers to sit under—from my days as a college student in Bible classes, to amazing Sunday School teachers, Bible Study Fellowship teaching leaders, gifted pastors in my church —as well as teachers like Tim Keller and John Piper that I listen to almost daily on my iPod.”   http://www.nancyguthrie.com/

Duguid: The Duguid’s lived with Tim and Kathy Keller while her husband attended Westminster Seminary- it was during this time that she was personally mentored by Keller on sin, grace and law. She credits his mentorship as leading her into a “right” understanding. Her popular book, Extravagant Grace best illustrates her perverted, unbiblical views. https://reformedforum.org/ctc301/

Wayne De Villiers of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California has produced a 2 parts series expounding on the dangers of this perverted understanding of God’s amazing grace to the sinner. De Villiers concentrates his efforts on critiquing the speakers’ line-up at the February 2014 conference titled Liberate, held at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, then pastored by Tullian Tchividjian. Both sessions are excellent and a must listen!

https://www.gracechurch.org/sermons/8503  PART 1

https://www.gracechurch.org/sermons/8551   PART 2

Keller’s disdain for the law is clear

Whether it’s his redefinition of sin as “self-centeredness that destroys peace and justice in the world and tears at the net interwovenness and fabric of humanity” or his insistence that “sin is not breaking God’s rules but breaking his heart”- Tim Keller routinely eliminates God’s law- so you can add antinomianism to the long list of heresies and error Dr. Timothy J. Keller is sneaking into the church! Warn the brethren.

“From the beginning, Christianity was certainly a way of life; the salvation that it offered was a salvation from sin, and salvation from sin appeared not merely in a blessed hope but also in an immediate moral change. The early Christians, to the astonishment of their neighbors, lived a strange new kind of life—a life of honesty, of purity and of unselfishness. And from the Christian community all other types of life were excluded in the strictest way. From the beginning Christianity was certainly a life.  A new and more powerful proclamation of the law is perhaps the most pressing need of the hour ~ A low view of law always brings legalism into religion; a high view of law makes man a seeker after grace. Pray that the high view may prevail.       J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937)

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