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Book Talk: Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters – Timothy Keller

Just finished Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters.  It is a smooth read, Keller is a clear communicator.  Keller right away in his introduction gives the reader a hard-hitting introduction that makes you flip through the pages.  This book is a heavy one considering it weighs only 12 ounces.  Don’t worry Keller is not a Perfectionist (see here), just read the last chapter.  He distinguishes between the indicatives (Gospel) and imperatives (law in its first and third use) as he weaves through the stories of the Old Testament.

Further, I wish that he would have highlighted and emphasized on the means of Grace,  explicitly distinguishing Justification and Sanctification, and including the active obedience of Christ.  However, Keller’s doctrine of Sanctification is not perfectionist, but a Sanctification that is driven by the Gospel.  Keller unfolds the stories of the Old Testament pointing them to Christ, reminiscent of  Edmund Clowney’s book The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament.

Counterfeit Gods is a book reminding and uncovering the many idols  in my life.  My latent sin and wretchedness, showing the wretched sinner that I am before a Holy, Righteous God.  Then Pointing me to the finished work of Christ for me, and then how I am as a Justified sinner to “…present myself a living sacrifice of thankfulness to Him; and with a free conscience fight against sin and the devil in this life,  and hereafter, in eternity, reign with Him over all creatures.” (Heidelberg Catechism #32).

A very beneficial read worth borrowing or purchasing.

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