Keller 'dead wrong' on Critical Race Theory: critics

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
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Tim KellerThe Critical Race Theory train continues its trek through the Church in America, and the latest evangelical superstar to jump on board seems to be pastor and author Tim Keller.

The popular author and otherwise conservative theologian (pictured) was quoted on The Christian Worldview with host David Wheaton as saying if you have white skin, you have an undeserved privilege that was built – unjustly – on the backs of people of color. Not only that, Keller argued the very Word of God says you are morally responsible.

"The Bible actually says, yes, you are involved in injustice, even if you didn't actually do it," Dr. Keller said. "Therefore, you have a responsibility. You're part of the problem if you do actually let your understanding of responsibility be shaped by the Bible instead of American individualism."

According to Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist-Dallas, that's putting a theological spin on Critical Race Theory (CRT), a racist worldview embraced by the socialist left.


"I have great respect for Tim as a pastor and a teacher of the Word of God – [but] he's just dead wrong on this," Jeffress tells OneNewsNow. "If there's one message in the Bible, it's that I'm responsible for my sins; I'm not responsible for the sins of previous generations."

Ed Vitagliano, vice president of American Family Association, is even more blunt. "The Bible does not teach what he said," he said recently on American Family Radio. "Shame on Tim Keller for not only selling that garbage, but then blaming it on the Bible."

Vitagliano explains that he's been seeing an awful lot of that in evangelical circles of late.


"What Tim Keller is saying is a nonbiblical argument he's making, and he's claiming the Bible backs it up," the AFA spokesman elaborates. "You have to twist the scripture to fit your ideology – and that's what's happening with far too many in the evangelical community."

In an earlier OneNewsNow article, black author and commentator Dr. Carol Swain lamented that the Church in America is being taken in by socialist tactics and rhetoric – among them, Critical Race Theory. Such teachings, she argued, should have no place in any Christian denomination.

And Pastor John MacArthur last year – when discussing the Southern Baptist Convention's decision earlier in 2019 to identify CRT as a useful tool in interpreting scripture – said this:

"If the culture has the right to interpret the Bible, they will interpret the Bible and liberalism will take over. This is an evidence that they are allowing the culture to interpret the scripture. This is not a minor issue. When you literally overturn the clear teaching of scripture to empower people who want power, you have given up biblical authority."

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