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The Gospel and the Self-Righteous

November 27, 2010

Tim Keller is probably one of the best Christian writers of our time, being clear without simplistic, knowledgeable whilst being humble and relevant without being worldly. Here is an example of how he separates those who have grasped the good news from those who just like to talk about the Bible whilst looking down on others (always a bad sign).

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  1. May 13, 2011 8:46 pm

    I loved his response! I think many christians and nonchristians have been wounded by those among us that judge others without looking at their own imperfections and shortcomings. Brothers and sisters that have fallen blind to their own sins and just cause other Christians to stumble in their walks by pointing out their sins in judgemental tones that lack the grace, humility and gentle spirit that God calls us to when we are to approach those who are sinning.

    He makes a good point in comparing the humble with the pride. It’s in our weaknesses God’s strength and mercy are shown and it’s when we reach out to him in simple trust, no matter how broken, that we have the opportunity to be made whole. When we ignore our own brokeness and go after others for theirs, we have no chance of being made whole, or really redemption towards our sins since we are neglecting to acknowledge or repent on them, being too caught up in the sins of others.

  2. May 14, 2011 1:27 pm

    I think there is only a little bit relationship between this fundamentalism.I think both the matters are different.You are not selecting your religion after your birth.Your are by birth Christian.If you had the option to choose your religion then the question comes…………………………………!Let me what do you think.

    • May 14, 2011 1:30 pm

      Thanks for your post. Actually I wasn’t born a Christian, or into a Christian home, I converted when I was 23!

      • May 14, 2011 1:38 pm

        @Mike…that is may your case..But what about the majority?Are 90% like you?As far i know…not!

      • May 14, 2011 1:41 pm

        Most people in my country aren’t Christians and of the Christians I know most were converted later on. As Christianity is about a personal response to Jesus, everyone has at some point to make a choice for Jesus. I don’t believe you can just be born a Christian. Thanks Mike

  3. May 14, 2011 8:07 pm

    Mike, I don’t know that I’d go as far as to say fundamentalists aren’t Christians. Though I agree wholeheartedly with Tim Keller’s thoughts, I can’t judge the heart of an individual. Even Pharisees and self-righteous folks can still be “believers,” although their attitudes aren’t pleasing to God, and most likely they aren’t bearing the best of fruit. I know a few of this variety that are indeed Christians, albeit not the cream of the crop 🙂 They just possess more zeal that wisdom.

    • May 14, 2011 8:12 pm

      Thanks Debra, the title was to grab attention, of course we can’t tell peoples hearts and some who call themselves fundamentalist will be Christian. If we understand grace and that we’re sinners then we are less likely to attack others. Thanks for your comment, really helpful 🙂

    • May 19, 2011 5:43 pm

      I may be misunderstanding, but is this saying that fundamentalists and Pharisees are the same thing? In Christianity, I’ve always equated fundamentalists with Bible-believers and Pharisees with the scholarly religious types who know about “religion” but don’t actually demonstrate a relationship with Christ.

      At any rate, man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart. In my experience, in God’s economy things are rarely how they appear.

      • May 19, 2011 8:14 pm

        Thanks Laura, I guess its always dangerous when you use a label like ‘fundamentalists’ as people understand different things by that label. I guess Tim here is saying those who too easily judge others haven’t understood the gospel of grace. Tim is a Bible-believing Christian so he certaintly isn’t attacking them, just those who know the Bible but don’t know Jesus. Thanks for your comment, Mike

  4. July 16, 2011 9:25 am

    Thanks to those that commented. A few people helpful pointed out that the title ‘Why fundamentalists aren’t Christians…’ wasn’t that helpful so I’ve altered it to the title you now see. Hopefully this title sums up the video better!

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