contemplative mysticism, discernment, Dr E S Williams, Dr Paul Elliott, Emergent church, New Calvinists, The Gospel Coalition, theistic evolution, Tim Keller
There are some very serious issues raised here about Dr Keller, whose recent teachings, and practices within his church, are increasingly difficult to defend in light of the Scriptures. I am saddened to see yet another minister leave the narrow path and head down the emergent road to Rome. It is all the more serious when it is someone so influential in conservative circles.
Dr. Paul M. Elliott of Teaching the Word Ministries:
Part 1. Tim Keller: Dangerously Influential
Part 2. Tim Keller’s Gutless ‘Gospel’
Part 3. Tim Keller’s False Gospel: Changing Both the Method and the Message
Part 4 Tim Keller’s False Gospel: A ‘Sandwich’ Made Without the Bread of Life
Also read here :
Keller openly admits that his account of theistic evolution is confused. And because he realises that there are insurmountable difficulties with his theistic evolution theory he says that he prefers the messy approach. And his messy approach is without logic, incoherent and full of contradictions. He believes in an evolutionary process, and concedes that this means that death must have occurred before the Fall, because he knows that animals eat bugs, and bugs eat plants. But this is contrary to the clear teaching of Scripture in Romans 5. “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5.12).
Yet Keller says that he believes in a real Adam who somehow appeared after a long evolutionary period when death was already present in creation. In Keller’s model Adam’s sin is not the cause of death. The inference is that death is not the result of Adam’s sin, but was in God’s original plan for creation. But Scripture says the creation was very good. This is indeed complicated, confusing and completely contrary to Scripture. Read the full article here:
The significance of Keller’s promotion of Catholic mysticism in Redeemer Church is that it reveals what is really in his heart. As a Presbyterian minister of the gospel, he is prepared to lead his church into Roman mystical practices. He is even content for his congregation to learn the Spiritual Exercises of the founder of the Jesuit Order, Ignatius Loyola. Here we need to understand that the Jesuit Order, given papal authority in 1540, was committed to the restoration of the authority of the Roman Catholic Church by ruthlessly destroying the Protestant Reformation. With their vows of total obedience to the Pope and their strict military style training, the Jesuits became feared across Europe as the “storm-troopers” of the Catholic Church.
But here is the real issue—Keller is promoting the mysticism of Rome while at the same time presenting himself as a Protestant theologian and leading New Calvinist. We should also remember that he is a founder member of The Gospel Coalition of evangelical churches. And so the obvious question. Does The Gospel Coalition agree with Keller’s mystical practices? On this website we have already demonstrated that Keller teaches a false gospel. And now we know why. While he claims to be a Reformed Christian with his lips, his heart appears to have turned to the Church of Rome. All the evidence before our eyes suggests that he is only pretending to be a Reformed Christian while actually promoting the Counter Reformation of the Roman Church. The apostle Paul warned the Church: “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves” (Acts 20.29-30).
Is Tim Keller a true minister of the Gospel of Truth, or a ravenous wolf that is drawing disciples away from the faith once delivered to the saints? Read the full article here:
Characteristics of New Calvinism
By Dr ES Williams
New Calvinism is a broad church, with a wide range of beliefs, doctrines and practices. The Gospel Coalition (TGC), which started in 2007 with a conference headlined by Don Carson, Tim Keller and John Piper, was a significant event, for the Coalition has become a national network for the New Calvinist movement. Theologian Don Carson wrote the original draft of the confessional statement, while Pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church,New York, wrote the theological call to ministry. The Gospel Coalition Council boasts familiar names like Tim Keller, John Piper, Matt Chandler, Mark Driscoll, Mark Dever, Al Mohler and Joshua Harris. Coalition leaders explain that they are not a ‘boundary set’, for that would mean nailing down the outer limits of who is ‘in’ and who is ‘out’, and that they do not want. As a consequence just about everyone is welcome to join the TGC Network, whatever their doctrinal beliefs.
While there are certain characteristics around which New Calvinists are united, it is a broad movement, and not all practice their faith in the same way. While most claim to be faithful to Scripture, and to follow the essential tenets of Calvin’s theology, many are marked by a love for the ways and things of the world, which manifests itself in unbecoming conduct that is far removed from the ways and beliefs of traditional Calvinists and Puritans. Here are some of the key characteristics of New Calvinism:
How many of the New Calvinists/Reformed Charismatics leaders support the clearly Unbiblical views of Tim Keller, if they appear with Keller at conferences mainly by the Gospel Coalition (TFG)? We must be aware of who these New Calvinists/Reformed Charismatic leaders are: Tim Keller, John Piper, Matt Chandler, Mark Dever, Al Mohler, Joshua Harris, Ligon Duncan, C J Mahaney and Mark Driscoll.
Adapted from: http://fortheloveofhistruth.com/2013/06/13/the-gutless-false-gospel-of-the-dangerously-influential-new-calvinist-tim-keller/
(I had to add my own links and leave out the video link in the original post due to technical ignorance!)
Jason Henderson said:
Dr ES Williams is a JOKE….This fool wants to make it sound like if you listen to “punk rock” or Christian hip hop you must be part of the false doctrine movement…what’s even more STUPID is he dogs out on so many people by creating a website specifically to make them sound like Satan but doesn’t have the balls enough to allow people to contact him personally. He’s a JOKE….the fool should never be allowed to write another book or speak in public again if he wants to dish it out and not let people speak to him directly. He’s the false doctrine
The Narrowing Path said:
Allow me to refer you to the following website:
Comments such as the one you have provided are very unhelpful for facilitating rational discussion, and are frankly impolite.
Dr Williams is easily contactable via his church, The Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. I have had no difficulty in reaching him via email, and his responses were prompt and most gracious. He certainly isn’t hiding, but perhaps sees no need to provide an arena for comments such as yours when he is critiquing the teachings and actions of public figures within the visible Church. Who knows. You’ll have to ask him. However, if you want him to answer I suspect you will need to take a more respectful approach.
Flora Forbes said:
Absolutely I agree wholeheartedly with your comment:
“Comments such as the one you have provided are very unhelpful for facilitating rational discussion, and are frankly impolite.”
Respect and courtesy in our discussions with others is critical to facilitate the kind of communication that is pleasing to the Lord.
Excellent reply to a very rude “customer,” Sherryn.
The Metropolitan Tabernacle…is it possibly the same building Charles Spurgeon once preached at? I thought that building no longer existed.
The Narrowing Path said:
Hi Chris, yes the MT is the same church that Spurgeon preached at. Peter Masters hass been the pastor for over 30 years…it is still a solid, faithful church which is amazing!
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It is amazing in the world in which we live today. Thanks, Sherryn.
Reblogged this on Wings of the Wind and commented:
If you have any questions about false teachers in today’s world, one of the best places to go is my friend Sherryn’s “The Narrowing Path” blog. Here is only one of the excellent articles found on her front page. You will always find her blog listed in my blogroll.
Keller is a New Calvinist, a Neo-Evangelical, a Counter Reformationist, a Theistic evolutionist, an Annihilationist, an Ecumenicalist, and a Marxist
The Narrowing Path said:
Well, yes indeed… it would certainly seem that you have well summed up the problems with Tim Keller. He’s probably a post-millenial dominionist, and a mystic Gnostic too, judging by some of his activities and his promotion of contemplative practices. Not a great resume for a ‘Christian’ pastor really.
He has also been known to have young, handsome, male, ballet dancers in skin-tight white clothes doing liturgical dancing (whatever that is) during the offertory. Frankly, I’m not sure this rises much above the paganism of Hillsong and the general megachurch crowd. Call me old-fashioned, but I am guessing it isn’t much help to his gay and young female parishioners to put temptation up on the church stage on Sunday morning. I find myself wondering how the Apostle Paul would word a letter to Mr Keller and the Liturgical Worship team at Redeemer…
I am really not sure what more Keller has to to before people who really ought to know better by now will pay attention to the sum total of his beliefs, and realise something is way off. It isn’t just one or two concerning errors (as you so succinctly pointed out), or I wouldn’t bother posting about him.
God bless you brother.
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
The Narrowing Path said:
That’s it? No mature discussion, or refutation of the claims in this article? That is the epitome of hypocrisy. How do you know the author hasn’t addressed the log in his own eye and can now see clearly to critique another?
James Sundquist said:
Dear Dr. Elliott,
My highest commendation for your expose on Tim Keller!
I compiled my own non-exhaustive list (anything you would add or subtract?):
1. Infant Baptism
2. He is Socialist
3. He is a Cultural Marxist
4. Ecumenical: Roman Catholics
5. He is a Theistic Evolutionist
6. He promotes the Enneagram Personality Temperament Divination, based on the occult
7. He is a collaborator with Rick Warren and spoke at Saddleback (who committed fraud and false advertising), and that’s on top of everything I exposed in my two books on Warren).
8. He is a Calvinist
9. He is a Neo-Calvinist
10. He promotes (as a Presbyterian) Replacement Theology (see my Global Conspiracy to Steal the Land of Israel
11. He promotes Richard Foster and Mysticism
12. He is -co-founder The Gospel Coalition and TGC Board Member John Piper Collaborator
13. He is a Universalist
14. Speaker at Lausanne Conference
15. Disciple of Paschal (famous for Paschal’s Wager i.e. gamble that Christianity is truth so you will go to Heaven vs. the Holy Spirit draws a man to repentance)
16. “If they die and they don’t have Jesus Christ, I don’t know what happens to them.” Keller. But this theology is that antithesis of the Doctrines and Prophecies of Scripture and all of the Apostles
17. Disciple of Alvin Plantinga, who thinks the Pope and Roman Catholics are our brothers in Christ
18. Promotes Carl Jung
19. Simony (charging for spiritual counseling)
Dennis Richardson said:
I do not trust any one from Gordon- Conwell Theological “Cemetery”. I remember the debate between (Dr. ?) Ron Sider at that grave yard in April 1981 between Ron Sider with his book, “Rich Christians in An Age of Hunger: A Biblical Study” that was opposed by David Chilton’s book “Productive Christians in An Age of Guilt Manipulators: A Response to Ron Sider”. Gary North took Chilton’s book & debated Sider. No improvement since from the Conwell grave yard.