This is part of a BTWN series of blog posts by Toni S. Brown addressing Tim Keller. See the other articles – HERE
Nagging questions #1 about Tim Keller:
If he’s so bad, why does he have such a strong influence in the most conservative churches in the world?
Nagging questions #2 about Tim Keller:
If he’s so bad, how can he have the unwavering support of some of the most highly regarded names in the visible church?
After all, JD Greear, the newly elected president of the largest professing protestant denomination, The Southern Baptist Convention, is so given over to the theology of Tim Keller that he actually said he’s “not sure where his thoughts end and Keller’s begin”.…..
The answer is three-fold:
“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:4
*“Crept in unawares” is not a reference to hiding behind a pew! But instead hiding behind the truth – in plain sight. They will claim to hold to sound doctrine for the sole purpose of winning the trust of the people while sneaking in their destructive heresies; they do this via language manipulation accompanied by a heavy dose of double-speak. “Denying” Christ in this passage is clearly not a reference to a verbal denial, but instead a reference to perverting, distorting and denying the clear teaching of scripture, thereby casting doubt on the truth and eroding all confidence in the Bible. This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. Matthew 15:8
“For when the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you all over again the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.” Hebrews 5:12
*Biblical ignorance in high places, as well as in the pews. The visible church is apostate, and apostates tolerate apostasy and heresy.
“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were never of us.” 1 John 2:19
*The key words in this passage are “they were never of us”-while a believer can be temporarily led astray by a cleverly deceptive false teacher, others cannot see the truth because they are not regenerate believers, but instead are false converts. As a result, they do not have the Holy Spirit guiding them into “all truth” (John 16:13). According to scripture the natural man (unregenerate) cannot comprehend divine truths, as these things are only spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14). The church and seminaries are over-run with unbelievers who are easy prey for the wolves.
Tim Keller’s speech from the Lausanne Conference in Capetown 2010 titled “God’s Global Urban Mission: Contextualization” is a prime example of his skillfully deceptive method of turning the truth on its head by “Christianizing” his unbiblical, man-centered method of evangelism.
There are dozens of speeches and excerpts like this one featuring Keller’s attractive, unoffensive gospel that he cleverly labels as “culturally sensitive.” His characterization of urban people as different than other people is the basis of the “necessary contextualization,” but it is a man-centered, false gospel designed to please and appease a rebellious people, and it is the cornerstone of his theology.
He is very effective at convincing professing believers that a simple gospel presentation “ain’t gonna get it done” which you can hear Keller say here:
But the truth from scripture is that a simple gospel presentation is the only way to release the power of God unto salvation (Rom 1:16). Below is a summary of the horrendously unbiblical nonsense Keller presented to this large, ecumenical audience:
–Cultural sensitivity: churches must be extremely culturally sensitive and they must expect constant racial tension and diversity issues that will most likely never end.
–Church / career integration: he tells us that the church has not done enough to integrate church and work; after all, work is more important to urban people in cities (?) so the church must be proactive in assisting people on a career path.
–Urban sensibility: because of the “unique nature” of people in cities the church must be comfortable with diverse opinions, change and constant disorder due to the “cutting-edginess” of the people. You must adapt the message to respect their unique characteristics.
–Diverse evangelism techniques: it is impossible to come up with a “singular gospel presentation” that will work for such a diverse crowd so the messages must be “culturally sensitive”- a message that “works” with one group may not “work” with another group.
–The church must be famous for social justice: If a church is focused on saving souls it just looks like they’re “increasing the tribe” to gain power and money. This is tribalistic and the church must be more about social action if we want to make the “right impression” on people.
–Empower the artists: Artists must be more than hired hands like they are in most churches; the arts must be taken very, very seriously because they are a sub-culture with “their own way of thinking about everything” and they must have influence in the church.
(…you can’t make this stuff up!)
–Interfaith networking: Create a movement through interfaith networking and prayer rallies whereby you are willing to lay aside doctrine for the needs of the city through justice and mercy campaigns – again, he warns us about “tribalism.”
Where is any of this in the scriptures? Keller’s point by point instructions are condemned in scripture! The above summary is a recipe for an apostate church. In the Apostle Paul’s letters to the church in Corinth we see the truth regarding Christian evangelism and the message or method never changes- wherever-whenever-to whomever, nothing ever changes:
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 4: 1-4
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, but declared unto you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you but Jesus Christ, and him crucified: And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2: 1-5
Clearly there is an obvious and devastating contrast between Keller and the Apostle Paul. Paul was a minister of the gospel who served Christ; Keller is a Marxist communitarian who serves the world. So the short answer to the nagging question of how it is that Keller has attained an untouchable status in the professing conservative church is simple: Cleverly deceptive master manipulators and change agents entered the seminaries for the sole purpose of redefining Christianity. They later progressed into the pulpits and religious organizations and began leading and teaching a biblically ignorant, apostate church that is over-run with false converts. The perfect storm.
“I looked for the church and I found it in the world; I looked for the world and I found it in the church.” Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
Written by Toni Brown – Check her website out – HERE