The Tim Keller Gospel Challenge!

When I went to Tim Keller’s Redeemer church, the word “gospel” was spoken so many times that you could easily be fooled into believing the Gospel was actually being taught. But the more time I spent there, the more I began to wonder, just when and where is it being taught exactly?  I have to this day still never heard Dr. Keller clearly explain the Gospel of salvation.  I have never heard him explain how we are saved or what we must do to be saved.

Google shows that the word “gospel” appears 1,210 on the church’s Redeemer.com website.  With that many appearances, it sure appears the Gospel is being proclaimed there.  But let’s take a closer look at how the word “gospel” typically appears.

You have:

  • gospel renewal (this one is a favorite)
  • gospel in life
  • gospel in the city
  • gospel movement
  • prayer and the gospel
  • gospel and culture
  • artists & church: a gospel movement
  • race, reconciliation and the Gospel
  • the gospel and humor
  • the gospel and our future
  • why work matters: Gospel & Culture
  • art Matters for God’s sake – Gospel & Culture
  • unity and the gospel

It would be nice to see something like, “The Gospel and Salvation”.  But come to think of it, I can’t think of a single time I’ve heard a clear message presented on salvation at Redeemer.  And I’m including not only Tim Keller, but all the associate pastors as well. And I’m not just talking about what they say in sermons, I’m talking about what they’ve written in books and said in talks outside the church or have posted on their website.

The closest thing I can find is an article by Keller titled, “Who is Jesus?” (https://www.redeemer.com/learn/skeptics_welcome/who_is_jesus/)

I’m fully aware however, that I have surely not heard or read every single thing Keller or the other leaders of Redeemer have said or written.  So my Gospel Challenge is to ask if anyone can show us where and when Keller or other Redeemer pastors have given a clear message on what we must do to be saved.  Just leave a comment on this post.  If anyone can provide a link or evidence that a clear message of salvation has actually been spoken or written by the leaders of Redeemer, I will happily (most happily actually) withdraw this post!

Tim Keller – Follow the Money

(Originally posted March 17, 2013)

For several years now I have had conversations with members of Tim Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. The purpose of these conversations was to point out some of the bad theology Tim Keller teaches. The theme of his sermons, books and entire ministry is the gospel of cultural renewal. He often talks and writes about this subject. My position is that the Bible teaches us not to worry so much about cultural renewal as about spiritual renewal by salvation through Christ. My contention in these conversations has been that with the church putting so much emphasis on cultural renewal that it was missing, in fact consciously overlooking, opportunities to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Tim Keller – Follow the Money”

Tim Keller’s Fruit

Tim Keller's FruitWhile I was a member of Tim Keller’s Redeemer church for nearly 20 years, I would sometimes have conversations with other members about the finer points of his theology and teachings. Whenever I would point something out that didn’t seem quite right (i.e. Biblical), the knee-jerk response was almost always, “You can’t argue with his fruit.”  By that they meant that he had built a very large (and wealthy) following, and surely that couldn’t have happened, they were suggesting, if God wasn’t blessing his ministry.  And God wouldn’t bless his ministry, their reasoning continued, if he wasn’t being true to the Word of God in his teachings. Continue reading “Tim Keller’s Fruit”