Tim Keller is the founder and former head of the social justice website known as The Gospel Coalition which provides insights on how to turn the gospel into a mandate for social action. As one of the primary mouthpieces in the progressive social justice agenda, Keller is best known for twisting the Words of God and Scripture to form a narrative that minimizes the gospel and maximizes acts of charity under the guise of “gospel mandates.”
Keller, despite his proclivity towards progressivism — both politically and theologically — seems to continue digging himself into a deeper hole of anti-Christian ideology. Yesterday, he asserted that Christians have the “liberty of conscience” to vote for Democrat political candidates who stand for everything God is against, such as abortion, sexual immorality, theft, lawlessness, and more.
In a Facebook post, Keller writes,
The Bible binds my conscience to care for the poor, but it does not tell me the best practical way to do it. Any particular strategy (high taxes and government services vs low taxes and private charity) may be good and wise—and may even be somewhat inferred from other things the Bible teaches– but they are not directly commanded and therefore we cannot insist that all Christians, as a matter of conscience, follow one or the other. The Bible binds my conscience to love the immigrant, but it doesn’t tell me how many legal immigrants to admit to the U.S. every year. It does not exactly prescribe immigration policy. The Bible tells me that abortion is a sin and great evil, but it doesn’t tell me the best way to decrease or end abortion in this country, nor which policies are most effective. The current political parties offer a potpourri of different positions on these and many, many other topics, most of which, as just noted, the Bible does not speak to directly. This means when it comes to taking political positions, voting, determining alliances and political involvement, the Christian has liberty of conscience. Christians cannot say to other Christians “no Christian can vote for…” or “every Christian must vote for…” unless you can find a Biblical command to that effect.
It would be easy to argue that Keller just doesn’t understand what the Democrat platform is and what the progressive left stands for, but he isn’t an idiot, and he does understand. He knows exactly what they stand for, and he approves of it.
Keller understands that the Scriptures are against theft, yet, he insists the that Christians have the “liberty of conscience” to vote for Democrats who would steal from those who work to give to those who do not.
Keller understands that the Scriptures are against lawlessness, and yet, he’s fine with open borders allowing floods of illegal immigrants into the nation, giving them amnesty, and ultimately, the right to vote — which would, of course, be for Democrats.
Keller also knows that the Bible clearly teaches the best way to deal with murderers is for them to be put to death by the civil government. An eye for an eye? Yet, he legitimizes that Democrat talking points that giving government handouts to people who practice sexual immorality will, somehow, make abortion “unnecessary.” It will not. Democrats don’t want abortion to be unnecessary, and they have no interest in reducing it. They do not believe in the personhood of the unborn or the sanctity of human life. Their worldview is built on secularism and if they could have their way, they would abort every child.
And should we even get into religious freedom? We know Democrats want to kill that altogether.
The fascination with Tim Keller in the Evangelical Church is mind-boggling. Tim Keller is not a faithful Christian teacher — he has proven this time and time again. He has radically departed from the orthodox teaching on the primary purpose of the gospel. This is not something that born-again Christians do. What if we say this? The Scriptures bind our conscience to stop his mouth, but it doesn’t tell us the best practical way to do it.
Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. — Titus 1:11
For more on Tim Keller, see also:
- Tim Keller Praises NYT Article that Says the Absence of Church a Great Testimony to the Presence of God
- Tim Keller Says the Gospel Was Not Spread in the Early Church Through Preachers, But “Life Examples”
- Tim Keller Says Christians Cannot Reach the World Without “Great Christian Art”
- Four Theological Problems With Tim Keller and Why He Should Be Avoided
- What is the Fascination With Tim Keller?
- Tim Keller’s Subversive Social Justice Takeover of the Evangelical Church
- Tim Keller Wants Conservatives to Read the Bible and Stop Being Conservative
- Tim Keller Partners With Mormons to Fund Interfaith Project to ‘Christianize’ Psychotherapy