The Desperate Decay of Doctrine in American Evangelicalism

[T]he above examples of Keller sowing public confusion and compromise demonstrate a far deeper error on Keller’s part (and they were strangely overlooked entirely by Woods). The issue is not one of pragmatic effectiveness. Rather it is one of theological error. These sins are sins which are exceedingly evil in the eyes of God. Scripture is clear on them. Homosexuality is a sin and abortion is murder. Both should be preached against clearly and have been historically by the church. Yet rather than preaching clearly against these sins with grace and truth, many including Keller, have downplayed the seriousness of these sins and the abhorrent desire for them. Preaching against sin is not in conflict with the gospel and never has been. What is clearly in conflict with God and His gospel is downplaying God’s holiness, marginalizing the righteous law and the liberating truth God has revealed and doing so for the sake of “strategy” or because of who is in the audience. This is unacceptable for true Christians much less prominent pastors (Titus 1:9). Christians are called by God to “refuse to practice cunning or tamper with God’s word” (2 Cor. 4:2; 2 Tim. 4:2). Rather, by the clear speaking of truth, we “commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God” (2 Cor. 4:2). The message of the gospel includes repentance for the forgiveness of sins and is the power of God for salvation (Rom.1:16) as well as folly to those who are perishing (1 Cor. 1:18).

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