Tim Keller: The Root Cause of Our Cultural Tension

In seven previous posts I have laid out clear and concise evidence of the progressive liberalism and Marxist ideology that drives Tim Keller’s false theology; all in his own words. It has been proven beyond any reasonable objection that he has set out to redefine biblical doctrine, over-throw the true church and use his redefinition of Jesus as a social revolutionary to usher in an “economically just”, utopian state primarily by way of the redistribution of wealth. Individualism must be decimated for the sake of the common good.

It is important to note that Marxist, collectivist thinkers understand that in order to effectively transition a free society from Capitalism to Collectivism they must first concentrate their efforts on reshaping the people’s overall view of their work and the labor force. This will be an important point going forward in this post.

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need!”

(Karl Marx – 1875 Critique of the Gotha Program)

It is important to note that the subject of work and labor is a constant theme in Keller’s sermons, conference speeches and essays. While it is true that believers are to do everything to the glory of God and this would surely include our work, I have never seen or heard such an obsession with career and the workplace in the church. Keller’s Redeemer network has established multiple work-force related “ministries”- from The Center for Faith and Work (CFW) to The Faith and Work Initiative (through Keller’s Gospel Coalition), you will find that his network is deeply concerned with shaping society’s understanding of work and the labor force.

There are countless online sermons and speeches in which he devotes an entire presentation to the subject. This obsession is evident in many of his books, such as “Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work”. This was quite curious to me and as my research continued all the pieces of Keller’s puzzle began to fit together perfectly.

Below is a video link to the lecture Keller gave at Redeemer’s Center for Faith and Work Initiative titled Our Cultural Tension. This lecture is from a series titled Beyond Collaboration: Discovering the Communal Nature of Calling. Keller identifies the root cause of “cultural tension” as individualism and promotes the dire need to move people toward a more collective (Marxist) understanding of human existence as the means of restoring order, promoting civility and building self-esteem through social justice.

But God’s word reveals a very different “root cause”:

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.   John 3:19-20


  1. a decision on a disputed issue in a civil or criminal case or an inquest:

synonyms: judgment · adjudication · decision · finding · ruling · decree · resolution · pronouncement · conclusion ·  determination

According to the Holy Spirit via the Apostle John, the verdict is in and the “root cause” of all societal corruption is sin. Yes, and this is Bible 101 stuff- not complicated at all; man’s problem is sin. The whole world lieth in wickedness (1 John 5:19) because of sin. Nothing else.

Before viewing the video it will be helpful to note Keller’s sources of “truth” in this lecture. The teachings of both men were a constant presence as I researched Keller, and both have had a huge influence on Keller’s so-called theology:

  1. Dr. Charles Margrave Taylor- Roman Catholic communitarian and philosopher, Wikipedia lists the greatest influences on Taylor’s thinking as follows:

Aristotle,PlatoHegelMarxTocqueville,Merleau-PontyWeberDurkheimWittgenstein,M. PolanyiRicoeurHeideggerJames,DreyfusBellLaschLipovetsky[1]

  1. Robert Neelly Bellah – American sociologist, and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. While an undergraduate at Harvard, Bellah was a member of the Communist Party USA and a chairman of the John Reed Club, “a recognized student organization concerned with the study of Marxism“. During the summer of 1954, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard, McGeorge Bundy, who later served as a national security adviser to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, threatened to withdraw Bellah’s graduate student fellowship if he did not provide the names of his former club associates. Bellah was also interrogated by the Boston office of the FBI with the same purpose. As a result, Bellah and his family spent two years in Canada, where he was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Islamic Institute in McGill University in Montreal. He returned to Harvard after McCarthyism declined due to the death of its main instigator senator Joseph McCarthy.
    Bellah’s magnum opusReligion in Human Evolution (2011), traces the biological and cultural origins of religion and the interplay between the two. Bellah is also known for his 1985 book Habits of the Heart, which discusses religion as it contributes to and detracts from America’s common good.

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“From the moment when individual property can no longer be transformed into bourgeois property, into capital, from that moment, you say, individuality vanishes. You must, therefore, confess that by “individual” you mean no other person than the bourgeois, than the middle-class owner of property. This person must, indeed, be swept out of the way, and made impossible.”   (Karl Marx & Friedrich Engles 1848 Communist Manifesto Chapter II)


Pastor Keller’s lecture regarding that which ails the world bears no mention of sin, no reference to scripture and not a word regarding man’s deeply depraved state and dire need of repentance before a Holy God.  Repentance is mentioned only once- when he tells his audience the church needs to repent for their individualism because it has resulted in the church’s failure to solve the world’s problems. Sit back and let this sink in- a professing protestant pastor gives a lecture on what ails the world and relies solely on the ungodly philosophies of a Catholic, Marxist philosopher and an admitted communist sociologist. LET THIS SINK IN!

This presentation is loaded down with Keller’s progressive, Marxist ideology. Did you happen to notice that he spent the first 5 minutes confirming that individualism originates from the scriptures and the last 25 minutes aggressively condemning it??  Three statements below from the lecture sum up both his intent and the message he has set out to convey to “the church”:

“Individualism has become so absolutized that the need of the individual outweighs “the group”, and to suggest otherwise is evil and oppressive.”

“This is what Christians must realize; the idea of your work as a way for you to advance is “individualism”, and it’s killing us!”

 “We must reweave society because it is falling apart because of individualism.”

Taking a stroll down through history reveals quite a few other men who were just as committed to this “just”, utopian ideology as the Reverend, Dr. Timothy J. Keller:

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Because it seems inseparable from the social idea and we do not believe that there could ever exist a state with lasting inner health if it is not built on social justice, and so we have joined forces with this knowledge. Socialism as the final concept of duty, the ethical duty of work, not just for oneself but also for one’s fellow man’s sake, and above all the principle: Common good before own good!”  (Adolph Hitler August 15, 1920 speech in Munich at the Hofbrauhaus)

“The common good before the individual good.”  (Adolph Hitler, The Nazi 25-point Programme February 24, 1920 Munich)


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“Facism accepts individualism insofar as the individual’s interests coincides with the state.” (Benito Mussolini, Italian Fascist Dictator)

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“Attention must be devoted principally to raising the workers to the level of revolutionaries. One of the basic conditions for the victory of socialism is the arming of the workers and the disarming of the bourgeoisie (the middle class); the goal of socialism is communism.”
(Vladimir Lenin) Russian Communist Party Leader

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“It’s not my fault if reality is Marxist. The merit of Marx is that he expresses a revolutionary concept: the world must not only be interpreted, it must be transformed. As Marxists we have maintained that a peaceful coexistence among nations does not include coexistence between exploiters and the exploited. Youth must learn to think and act as a mass. It is criminal to think as individuals.”  (Ernesto “Che” Guevara) Marxist Revolutionary in Cuba


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“Socialist revolution aims at liberating the productive work force. The changeover from individual to socialist- from capitalist to collective and socialist ownership in private industry and commerce is bound to bring about a tremendous liberation of the productive work force.”
(Mao Tse Tung) Chairman Communist Party China

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“As an intellectual I have never wanted anything other than social justice for my countrymen.” (Khieu Samphan) Communist crusader under Pol Pot- Cambodia


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“There is not Communism or Marxism, but instead a representative democracy and social justice in a well-planned economy.” (Fidel Castro) Communist Cuban Dictator

“I am a Marxist-Leninist and I will be one until the last day of my life.” (Fidel Castro) 

“I’ve always considered Christ to be one of the greatest revolutionaries in the history of humanity.”  (Fidel Castro)


 “Social justice is giving people their due; It’s biblical that we owe the poor as much of our money as we can possibly give away. (Interview, Christianity Today Dec 2010 on his best-selling book Generous Justice)

“In 1968, this was heady stuff. I was emotionally drawn to the social activism of the neo-Marxists…my hope is that all who read this book will become true revolutionaries and will go from here into churches that are devoted to actions of social justice.” (The Reason For God, Penguin 2009)

“We must reweave society because it is falling apart because of individualism.” (CFW lecture on Cultural Tension, The Gospel Coalition)

“Just as the revolutionaries hide in the mountains, so Jesus Christ goes to the mountains: He is bringing about a revolution. He is a subversive. In the first verse of His sermon, He says, “I am coming to bring a new administration. I’m coming to bring a kingdom, a new kingdom to replace the old kingdom.”   (Life in an Upside-Down Kingdom, sermon)

“The new, fast-spreading, multiethnic Christianity in the cities is much more concerned about the poor and social justice than Republicans have been… I look forward to the vanguard of some major new religious, social and political arrangements. True worship must include serving the human community and caring for the created environment,[36] doing restorative and redistributive justice wherever they can, building up the human community through deeds of justice, and being true revolutionaries who labor in expectation of a perfect world.”[37]  (The Reason For God, Penguin 2009)

Timothy F. Kauffman has written an excellent essay accurately defining Marxism, contrasting it with the scriptures to expose its dark origins and exposing Tim Keller. I would strongly advise everyone to read it here: http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=301

Marxism is a direct refutation of a biblically grounded economic system that promotes financial freedom, economic liberty, personal responsibility and the God given right to the fruits of our own labor. Marxism is anti-Christ. Tim Keller is a Marxist.

Irrefutable evidence of Tim Keller’s relentless assault on biblical truth will continue in the next post.

Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor; THIS IS A GIFT FROM GOD. For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.”   Ecclesiastes 5:18-20

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  1. primbon jawa kuno 3 years ago

    Very beautiful, this information is very interesting.

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  2. Noel Hernandez 3 years ago

    Spurgeon said, “Complicity with euro will take from the best of MEN the power to enter any successful protest against it…Fellowship with KNOWN and vital ERROR is participation in sin…As soon as I saw, or THOUGHT I saw, that error had become firmly established, I did not deliberate, but quitted the body at once. Since then my counsel has been ‘Come out from among them.’ I have felt that no protest could be equal to that of DISTINCT separation from KNOWN EVIL…That I might not STULTIFY my testimony I have cut myself CLEAR of those who err from the faith. and even from those who ASSOCIATE with them.” – Charles H Spurgeon., The Sword and the Towel

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    Toni Brown 4 years ago

    To Not A Marxist- Jesus and his apostles cared and warned us to mark, avoid and WARN OTHERS, as these clever and deceptive false teachers were dangerous. I hope that answers your question.

  4. Not A Marxist 4 years ago

    Who cares? This is stupid. Whatever side you are on is vanity (Ecc 1:2). This world will pass so do good while you can and I don’t see Timothy Keller’s personal opinion as a threat to anything. Just a stupid article to point the finger yet again to anyone that thinks differently from you. Since you guys are very critical, I hope you guys are ready for judgment that is equally critical.

  5. waldens 4 years ago

    Dr. John Macarthur has the highest pretentions of love for the truth and fighting for the truth.
    If then Dr. John Macarthur after all those pretentions of loving the truth, wanting to be truthful in everything, wanting to fight for the truth, presents himself in public with Dr. Tim Keller and Dr. Rick Warren, that makes his pretentions the more false, ergo the more he shows himself a wolf.

    Dr. John Macarthur has the highest pretentions of loving the Reformers and the Puritans, so do his yearlong friends in puritandocumentary.com. Dr. John Macarthur and all his yearlong friends in that documentary know that ALL THE REFORMERS and ALL THE PURITANS identified the Wicked in 2Thess2v8 as the pope and the papacy as Babylon in Revelation 14v6-12 as being the fruit of their preaching the Everlasting Gospel, aka Christ Crucified.
    This Dr. John Macarthur has said worldwide during 2017 in several conferences on 500 years of the Reforrmation.

    For Dr. John Macarthur in 2017 to thank NRB for their faithfulness to the Lord while NRB in that same year gave their Chairman’s award to a roman catholic leader of Priests for LIfe in the presence of roman catholic priest Pavone, is showing that Dr. John Macarthur has several sides of his mouth dependent on where the profit is the most.

    I kindly ask, Toni, to consider that the greatest evil is where the greatest pretentions of love for truth are shown to be false in public. Dr. John Macarthur says he is against SJ, yet presents himself with Dr. Tim Keller and knows his yearlong brothers at Shepcon to be TGC Councilmembers under the leadership of Dr. Tim Keller.
    Dr. John Macarthur has the greatest pretentions of love for the Reformation, yet denies in his expository commentaries on Daniel, 2Thess2 and Revelation the identity of THE antichrist and Babylon that ALL THE REFORMERS AND ALL THE PURITANS (plus John Bunyan, Dr. Jonathan Edwards, J.C. Ryle and C.H. Spurgeon)
    confessed from Scripture and the facts of churchhistory.

    You may also watch videos of NRB 2018 in which they praise president Donald Trump whose worldview was considered better to vote for than Hilary Clinton’s.
    The world sees on CNN, SMNBC, Bill Maher and for themselves that Donald Trump is a vile and wicked man,
    rightly considered a narcissist, rightly considered an habitual liar, rightly considered a deceiver, rightly considered to be the one whose swamp is drained (because 8 of his associates have been indicted and/or convicted by your courts) who is presented as pretending to be the greatest victim of slander, who has lied about his selfmade empare (413 million donation from dad instead of 1 million), who has publicly scorned the witness of Dr. Blasey Ford before your whole nation (thereby waving away all sexual assault chargens as slander, although the Macarthur camp as signed the Nashville statement) and Donald Trump is in several books based on facts, his own words, his own behaviour and tapes recorded presented as a very incompetent man who as one example likes dictators like Putin and NorthKorean Un more than NATO, the UN and those who signed the climate agreement.

    Why do I write this ?
    Because the circles of NRB and 81% of white evangelicals have voted for Trump on the advice of Dr. John Macarthur and those visiting Shepcon, T4G, G3 and TGC.

    Dear Toni, it might be that this is the false church that will be destroyed by the world because it is the Lord that changes their hearts against this false church (Rev 17v16). Instead of being persecuted it might be you are rightly adressed and abominated because you have chose your own antitheses called Donald Trump while having the greatest pretentions of loving sanctification and truth as Dr. John Macarthur has shown while making a million dollar salary each year living amonst the wealthy in church.

    Why should the world not consider Dr. John Macarthur, Phil Johnson, Todd Friel, Justin Peters and JD Hall & Friends not little Trumps under a guise of godliness because when themselves adressed they also can lie, deceive, silence, ignore while having the greatest pretentions of draining the swamp, making the church great again and blackening and slandering the names and reputation of all those who rightly adress them on public sins, while flattering and lifting to the skies those who give them profit ?

    This is what I am talking about Toni. Stop making excuses for those who in public have the greatest pretentions of loving the truth and fighting for the truth and who suddenly play the victim when adressed without respect of person and in truth of public sins for everyone to see.

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    Toni Brown 4 years ago

    Amen, Waldens. You are preaching to the choir, whether you know it or not. I firmly believe that we must stop making excuses for those who teach sound doctrine but continue to abide with blatant errorists. Paul said “do not even give them a greeting!” I will not put MacArthur in the same camp as Keller, but I am very close to putting him in the same camp as Dever and Mohler, who are both very compromised. Thank you for your faithfulness in demanding separation, but beware of damning a brother in error. I have made clear that I believe Keller is a false teacher and false professor, not a Christian. I do not believe that about John Mac, I consider him a believer in error, so I will not pronounce him a wolf as I have Keller. Though I believe he is in error not to completely separate from these men and warn others about them by name. I still hold out hope that GTY will come to see their error, that is the only difference between you and me.

  7. waldens 4 years ago

    You can also know that the ‘Spurgeon of Africa’ Conrad Mbewe this year has become a member of TGC Africa, whose website is hosted by TGC. Dr. Conrad Mbewe knowing that Dr. Tim Keller is the founder the TGC.

    So, dear Toni, as also a Zambian brother of Paul Washer unites with TGC of Dr. Tim Keller, who of the yearlong brothers of Dr. John Macarthur have the same view as you on Dr. Tim Keller as even Dr. John Macarthur at Sing 2018 spoke peace to all and everyone ?

    Is it not spiritual rebellion on your part against Dr. John Macarthur and his yearlong friends to go against Dr. Tim Keller, when Dr. John Macarthur at first invited GTC at GTY for their 2018 conference on faithfulness (Shepcon 2019 subject = Faithful) and the yearlong brothers of Dr. John Macarthur as TGC Councilmembers each year have meetings with Dr. Tim Keller to discuss TGC matters ? Same goes for JD Hall who calls TGC the Social Gospel Coalition.

    Are you not being played, Toni, knowing that Dr. John Macarthur on the one side of his mouth in public presents himself with SJ&G while on the other side of his mouth Dr. John Macarthur knows that all his yearlong brothers at Shepcon and T4G are yearlong TGC Councilmembers under the leadership of Dr. Tim Keller ?

    Are you being used, Toni, as a naieve woman to give the Macarthurclan an air of fighting against false teaching while they all know that they and their friends are TGC affiliated under the leadership of Dr. Tim Keller ?

  8. waldens 4 years ago

    The yearlong brothers of Dr. John Macartthur like Dr. Al Mohler, Dr. Mark Dever and Dr.John Piper are yearlong TGC Council members knowing that Dr. Tim Keller is the founder of TGC. All these yearlong brothers of Dr. John Macarthur each year attend the yearlong TGC gathering where they discuss with Dr. Tim Keller what happens withing TGC and what their plans will be. This everybody knows.

    Each year several TGC Councilmembers are mainspeakers at Shepherdsconference of Dr. John Macarthur and Phil Johnson.

    At this moment the TGC conference is happening on faithfullness which originally was to be held in the churdh GTY of Dr. John Macarthur and Phil Johnson. This you also know.

    You also know that JD Hall, Phil Johnson, Todd Friel and Justin Peters have said that participating in a conference with a false teacher is giving a tacid endorsement to that teacher.

    You now know that Dr. John Macarthur presented himself at sing 2018 with Dr. Timothy Keller,
    you now know that Dr. John Macarhur presents himself at Proclaim 19 with Dr. Rick Warren to speak about his 50 years in ministry, knowing that Dr. John Macarthur thanked them for being faithful to the Lord in 2017 (the year of 500 years Reformation worldwide) when NRB gave its Chairman award to a Roman Catholic of Priest for LIfe.

    Yet inspite of all this you still believe that Dr. John Macarthur is different.
    How can you use such a double standard, Toni ?

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    Toni Brown 4 years ago

    Waldens – No. MacArthur is the opposite of Keller, and though I personally believe all sound men of God should be totally separate from these dangerous false teachers at all times, some pastors take a different approach and will intentionally speak in the same venues to get their true, biblical message out there. I may not agree with them doing so, but I do not believe they are intentionally condoning the false teachers, or “teaming up” with them, as some would say. If MacArthur is not there to call Tim Keller out by name in person, he should not be there in my opinion.

  10. waldens 4 years ago

    But Dr. John Macarthur presented himself at Sing Conference 2018 of the Getties together with Dr. Tim Keller as mainspeaker.

    Is Dr. John Macarthur also a change agent ?

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