No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior. This sermon asks and answers the wrong question. The right question is:
“Are good works and obedience to God’s law still necessary AFTER I’m saved?”
In this video, Keller only talks about ONE of the TWO dimensions of Christianity. He talks about SALVATION. The OTHER dimension is SANCTIFICATION, which DOES require works. Sanctification determines your reward AFTER you get to Heaven and at times can produce blessings in this life. See Deut. 28.
Lack of works won’t keep you out of Heaven, but they may keep you from getting a better room in what Jesus called “the house of many mansions” IN HEAVEN. Any other way to view God makes him a socialist and encourages reckless irresponsibility that is at the heart of socialism and the sin that started in the Garden of Eden. If there is no reward AT ANY TIME for obedience to God’s laws or good works, then there is no reason to obey Him and we end up with the kind of anarchy and lawlessness that Jesus attacked the Pharisees for in Matt. 23.
The following sermon explains more about the SANCTIFICATION side of Christianity that Keller COMPLETELY ignores. By ignoring this issue, Keller indirectly is protecting sin and willful disobedience to God’s laws and failing to properly encourage continuing good works. In effect Keller is making Jesus look like a liability insurance salesman for the wrath of hell offering a FREE policy. Who could turn down a too good to be true deal like that?
Christ is a Savior AND a SOVEREIGN LORD and law enforcer. He will sit at the final judgment. If we only allow Him to be a Savior but disregard obedience to His law, then we have dethroned him as Lord and destroyed any possibility of being rewarded for accepting him as savior. We may get to Heaven but we will get the BROOM CLOSET for our room, not the Presidential suite. And NO, its not Pharisaical to expect works or performance if those works don’t JUSTIFY us, but SANCTIFY us.
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