Sin as Self-Righteousness

The message of Jonah is about a moral, orthodox, religious man, who in the end is more a slave of sin than the debauched pagans to which he has gone. Unless you understand the essential spirit of sin, and that a very religious or moral person can be more bound by it than an irreligious or skeptical person, it’s going to defeat you.

What does Jonah teach us about sin? First of all, it teaches us God goes to Jonah and shows him two symptoms that reveal there’s something morally disordered, something wrong with his heart. Then he gives him the diagnosis of his sin. And then finally, we’ll see God’s therapy for it.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on February 25, 1996. Series "The Faces of Sin". Scripture: Jonah 2:7-3:5;3:10-4:11.

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