October 9, 2013

Keswick Theology: The Exhaustion Of Trying To Yield More, Surrender More, And Let Go-Let God (Matt Richards)

NOTE 3-14-2016

I have since come to realize that there are definitely problems with soft antinomianism going on in the church today. I wrote the original post here while still not seeing that problem. There certainly is a problem with hammering the law too heavily as well. But that isn't what I'm seeing in my circles at the moment.

I have since come to see that Pr Richards' messages often also lean toward the soft antinomian side of things, sadly.

Original post follows:

Keswick Theology: The Exhaustion Of Trying To Yield More, Surrender More, And Let Go-Let God

A fabulous article by Pastor Matt Richard
Have you heard of the Keswick Movement? No? I bet you have. You can tell that Keswick theology has impacted you and others when you hear a Christian ‘testimony’ like this:
I was saved when I was nine years old, and I yielded to Christ when I was nineteen.
Did you catch it? I was ‘saved’ when I was nine (step 1). I ‘yielded’ to Christ when I was nineteen (step 2). Jesus saved them, but then they surrendered, emptied, let go and let God when they were nineteen. Do you hear the two-tiered progression? Typically these testimonies end with how the person is apparently living in a completely different Christian dimension; higher and more victorious than they were before. Yes, indeed they were ‘saved’ but they also ‘surrendered.’

Keswick theology is commonly known as higher life theology. Keswick theology tries to answer the problem of sin with what is frequently called the second blessing but steers away from the perfectionism of the American Holiness teachings often found among old Methodism
read more at Steadfast Lutherans or Pastor Matt Richards' blog

related: Keswick Theology (Issues, Etc.)