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(Photo: Screengrab/YouTube.com)Tim Keller is interviewed by Mike Huckabee about his new book on the prophet Jonah on TBN on Oct. 6, 2018.
Too many preachers and Christians "enjoy" condemning people, Tim Keller said, and that is the exact opposite God's attitude.
Interview - Saturday - Mike - Huckabee - TBN
In an interview Saturday on Mike Huckabee's TBN show about his new book, The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy, the esteemed theologian and former pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan explained that important lessons about relating to pagan, non-believing people can be drawn from the life of this particular Old Testament prophet.
Jonah wanted to condemn the people of Nineveh, and he did not like the people to whom God sent him, he explained.
Jonah - City - City - City - Keller
"Jonah went to the city, and preached to the city, but didn't love the city," Keller said, when asked what parallel Christians can draw today, given that he ultimately did what God wanted him to do even though he did not want to and was disobedient at first.
"That wasn't good enough for God because at the very end, He says to Jonah, How can you not love a city with 120,000 people who don't know their right hand from their left," he added.
Lesson - Life - Jonah - God - Truth
A main lesson from the life of Jonah is that God says that it is not enough to preach the truth without love in ones heart, he continued, a point reinforced in the New Testament in 1 Corinthians 13.
While God's judgement is real, "if you preach judgement without tears you don't have Jesus' spirit," Keller said, referencing the words of Christian thinker and author Francis Schaeffer.
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