Dr Tim Keller’s book on Prayer tells us much about his ministry. As a Reformed convinced Protestant, we are surprised that his book on prayer is replete with references to Roman Catholic authors. But perhaps we should not be surprised, for over a decade ago, in a series of five lectures on prayer and meditation, Keller taught Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York the finer points of Catholic mysticism.
In his lecture entitled, ‘What is meditation?’ (1998), Keller mentioned “two streams that are filled with good, helpful material on meditation—the Catholic stream and the Quaker stream.” He referred to the “great stuff’ that emanates from Roman Catholic mystics”, and mentioned Ignatius Loyola (founder of the Jesuits), St Francis de Sales, St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Avila. Keller endorsed Catholic mystical writings with these words: “The best things that have been written are by Catholics during the Counter Reformation. Great stuff!”
One needs to read the critique of Keller’s Prayer with the above facts in mind.
Tim Keller, co-founder and vice president of The Gospel Coalition, posted an essay titled “Pascal’s Method for Sharing the Christian Faith” on the Coalition website February 25, 2014. Our article The Truncated Gospel shows how Keller thinks that we need to make Christianity more attractive. Accordingly, we must convince non-believers that “only in Christ will their aspirations ever find fulfillment”; only in Christ will “the plot lines of their lives ever have a resolution and a happy ending.” Keller sells a truncated “gospel” devoid of the law and devoid of any need for the Holy Spirit to produce conviction of sin leading to repentance. The faith is pitched as non-threatening and useful in a manner closer to that of the prosperity preachers than to the apostle Paul.
The book, The New Calvinists, written by Dr ES Williams, has recently been jointly published by Wakeman Trust and Belmont House Publishing. Essential reading for those who want to understand this new phenomenon that is overtaking evangelical Christianity in the USA and UK and other countries around the world.
The New Calvinists (2014) is available from belmonthousebooks.com/
We believe that the evidence presented in our review of Engaging with Keller (2013)
provides overwhelming proof that Dr Tim Keller is not orthodox in his theology, and he
certainly does not demonstrate a commitment to sound Reformed doctrine. An
examination of Keller’s theology shows that he uses Scripture to support his
own ideas and to further his own agenda. We have seen nothing that convinces us
that Keller preaches the true gospel of Christ.
We have posted an article which shows that the so-called ‘chastened correspondence theory’ of truth, promoted by Tim Keller and his friends in the New Calvinism movement, leads to a flawed understanding of Scripture and a flawed presentation of the Gospel. This is a vitally important issue, for The Gospel Coalition is a network that vigorously promotes the New Calvinism that is taking over evangelical Christianity in the USA and elsewhere. We refer reader to an excellent article by theologian Stephen M Cope, entitled, ‘The Gospel Coalition: The New Calvinism’s Attack on the Bible and its Epistemology’.
Tim Keller’s redefinition of sin, in his book Every Good Endeavour (2012), into two categories, namely, thin sin and thick sin is profounldy unbiblical. He is promoting a false version of Christianity that adopts a thick view of sin; a view that encourages Christians to engage in worldly conduct and downplays the importance of holy living. Yet Scripture warns that friendship with the world is enmity with God.
Tim Keller and St Teresa of Avila
Dr Tim Keller is one of the biggest names in Reformed Christianity, and widely accepted as a leading spokesman of the New Calvinism movement. Our two videos, entitled ‘Keller and the mystics’, provide incontrovertible evidence that Dr Tim Keller, who puts himself forward as a Reformed theologian and minister of the true gospel, and teaches practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary actually promotes and practices Catholic mysticism, and is devoted to the mystics of the Roman Catholic Church.
In his best-seller, The Reason for God, Keller says that he was ‘heavily influenced by the neo-Marxist critical theory of the Frankfurt School. He writes: ‘The social activism was particulary attractive, and the critique of American bourgeoisie society was compelling’. He admits that he ‘was emotionally’ drawn to the social activism of the neo-Marxists. Keller explains that when he found a band of brothers, ‘Christians who had a concern for justice in the world, things began to change for him. He looks forward to his followers being the ‘vanguard of some major new religious, social and political arrangements’. In this video we show that Keller’s political motivation is similar to the liberation theology of the Roman Catholic Church. Keller presents Jesus as a political saviour who identified with the poor and oppressed.
To view: http://youtu.be/A3MjiW8ib1E
We have posted a video, Subversion of Evangelicalism, which describes the downgrade of evangelical Christianity over the last half century. We see the compromise of the New Evangelicals, such as Billy Graham, the influence of Norman Vincent Peale and positive psychology, the folly of the Church Growth Movement, the false teachings of Rick Warren and his PEACE Plan, the amazing growth of New Calvinism and the comtemporary worship scene. We conclude that Jonathan Edwards was right to warn that the greatest danger facing the true faith is the counterfeit church, designed for unbelievers.
The past decade has seen rapid growth in the ideas and ministry of a movement that has become known as ‘New Calvinism’. Such is its influence that an article in Time magazine (March 2009), which presented a list of ‘10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now’, placed New Calvinism third on the list.
We contend that New Calvinism is a movement that is based on the ideas of men rather than God’s Word. Rather than proclaiming the faith once delivered to the saints, New Calvinism seeks a religion that is pleasing to men, a religion that glories in contemporary worship and that encourages worldly behaviour in the church. New Calvinism is a movement that skilfully combines the holy with the profane, and that has carelessly separated conduct and doctrine. The result is a confused religion that tends towards antinomianism and unbecoming, undignified conduct in the church. Prominent leaders of the New Calvinist movement include Dr John Piper, Pastor Mark Driscoll, Dr Tim Keller and Dr Albert Mohler among many others.