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February 16, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

The Best Tim Keller quotes from Prodigal God

On Misperceptions of Christianity:

“Our Western society is so deeply divided between these two approaches (moralism, self-discovery) that hardly anyone can conceive of any other way to live. If you criticize or distance yourself from one, everyone assumes you have chosen to follow the other, because each of these approaches tends to divide the whole world into two basic groups. The moral conformists say: “the immoral people — the people who ‘do their own thing’ — are the problem with the world, and moral people are the solution.” The advocates of self-discovery say: “The bigoted peole — the people who say, ‘We have the Truth’ — are the problem with the world, and progressive people are the solution.”

Tim Keller, Prodigal God

On Faith versus Works:

“In the end, Martin Luther’s old formula still sums things up nicely: “We are saved by faith alone [not our works], but not by faith that remains alone.” Nothing we do can merit God’s grace and favor, we can only believe that he has given it to us in Jesus Christ and receive it by faith. But if we truly believe and trust in the one who sacrificially served us, it changes us into people who sacrificially serve God and our neighbors. If we say “I believe in Jesus” but it doesn’t affect the way we live, the answer is not that now we need to add hard work to our faith so much as that we haven’t truly understood or believed in Jesus at all.”

Tim Keller, Prodigal God

Christianity is the Opposite of the Opiate of the Masses:

“Properly understood, Christianity is by no means the opiate of the people. It’s more like the smelling salts.”

Tim Keller, Prodigal God

Motivation, Fear, and Christianity:

“A person motivated by love rather than fear will not only obey the letter of the law, but will eagerly seek out new ways to carry out business with transparency and integrity.”

Tim Keller, Prodigal God

Christianity is Different from Religion:

“Would you please be open to the possibility that the gospel, real Christianity, is something very different from religion?” That gives many people hope that there is a way to know God that doesn’t lead to the pathologies of moralism and religiosity.”

Tim Keller, Prodigal God

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