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.
gospel renewal (this one is a favorite)
gospel in life
gospel in the city
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!
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”
From a website titled ‘Worst Behaved Citizens’ (see link below), Ken Ham is not only labeled a miscreant, but placed in the same category as heinous murderers such as the Norway shooter and Qaddafi. This kind of venomous hatred is typical, and to be expected, from the left’s “progressive” ilk, therefore it is easy
(albeit unwise) to dismiss this particular example. But be warned, it is becoming prevalent throughout the church as well, communicated usually with far more civility, no overt malice, and masked behind a veil of orthodoxy.
While 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”
The Rev. Tim Keller is one of the pillars of the New Calvinist movement. As the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, Keller claims to promote Reformed Christianity. He has served as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and regarded by many as a great Christian intellectual in the mold of CS Lewis. He has reputation of being a deep thinking, conservative Christian leader—an expert in Christian apologetics, and skilled in arguments that demonstrate the truth of Christianity in a postmodern world. In a sermon on who is Jesus, Tim Keller helps his listeners to see Jesus Christ as ‘existentially satisfying’ and ‘intellectually credible’. His church holds that “the gospel is the good news that through Christ the power of God’s kingdom has entered history to renew the whole world. When we believe and rely on Jesus’ work and record (rather than ours) for our relationship to God, that kingdom power comes upon us and begins to work through us.”  Continue reading “Tim Keller’s “Trap-Door” Theology”
Gary Gilley of Southern View Chapel, (Springfield, IL), has written an extensive and engaging two-part series on the social gospel. This article pulls together the various elements and manifestations of the social gospel, revealing its grasp on the evangelical church today.
One of the important issues which the church has always had to address is that of its role in society. In the Old Testament, the Lord chose Abraham to be the father of a called-out race of people. Years later, the Lord would establish the nation of Israel under the Mosaic Covenant. Detailed laws and regulations were given to Israel at the time including how that nation was to be governed, how poverty was to be dealt with, how widows and orphans were to be helped and how injustices were to be corrected. All of these matters were addressed almost exclusively within the context of the nation of Israel, with relatively minor concern for the surrounding nations. Continue reading “The Social Gospel – Part 1”
(This article is re-posted with permission from FreedomTorch.com)
by Jonathan Cousar
I was so surprised to see an article posted here – on my own website about my former pastor, Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City! The author, like many, is praising Keller’s recent book, Generous Justice. I went to Tim Keller’s church for nearly 20 years and in fact I left just last year because of my growing concern that the church and Tim were far more liberal, theologically and ideologically than I had ever imagined.
However, I never intended to write anything about it here because it just didn’t seem like a relevant topic on FreedomTorch. But since conservative FreedomTorch members are writing about him and doing so in a most positive way, I feel I must warn my ideologically and theologically conservative friends that Tim Keller, despite claims to the contrary, is not a theological or an ideological conservative and he is most definitely not a traditional Evangelical. He is in fact very liberal on both counts. And this is something of concern, because as J. Gresham Machen so well put it in “Christianity & Liberalism”, liberal Christianity really isn’t Christianity at all. And I might add the parallel political statement that liberal Americanism really isn’t Americanism at all either! Continue reading “Tim Keller’s Social Justice”
An article appearing in Tim Keller’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s May 2012 “Redeemer Report Newsletter” titled: “John Stott and Caring for God’s Creation”, reveals Keller’s true theological emphasis. Through this article, Keller leaves no doubt that he believes “cultural renewal”, as he often calls it, including a renewing of the environment is at the core of the Gospel of Christ.