IT IS LIKELY NO EVANGELICAL VOICE HAS DONE MORE HARM TO CONSERVATIVE BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY IN AMERICA IN THE LAST DECADE THAN KELLER AND HIS TGC.
Rev Thomas Littleton 10/21/2020
With the 2020 election just weeks away Tim Keller and his progressive partners over at The Gospel Coalition have discontinued the peep shows of the past and provided a full length motion picture of their progressive political pornography, alliances and end game. At least now this TGC demonic genie will never be put back in the theological bottle which once contained it.
HOW KELLER OUTED HIMSELF
Tim Keller made great efforts to remain believable as an orthodox theological/ biblical conservative in at least part of his rhetoric . But when he JOINED and then quickly LEFT the “elder council” of the Obama Foundation and Democratic Party led “& Campaign ” Keller had made a fatal misstep. Perhaps he is hoping no one notices.
Keller’s picture from the & Campaign website in July 2020
Keller’s work providing cover for and sustaining the Revoice “LGBT+ Thriving ” movement at Covenant Theological Seminary which is the PCA (his denomination) most respected seminary , and placing the APA views of “sexual orientation ” and “gender identity” above the Gospel had just split the denomination in June of 2020. Keller and TGC underling Kevin DeYoung were appointed as part of an investigative committee in 2019 tasked with looking into Revoice and it’s fall out in the PCA. Their report to the denominational powers of the PCA was due in 2020. It had supposedly been a year in the making even though it had included some key leaders whom in one way or another had helped incubate the Revoice movement. The Report was submitted to the public once the PCA General Assembly was cancelled due to Covid -19.
Members of the 47th General Assembly
Ad Interim Committee on Human Sexuality (2019-2020)
TE Dr. Bryan Chapell Pastor, Grace PCA, Peoria, IL,
Northern Illinois Presbytery (Chairman)
TE Dr. Kevin DeYoung Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, NC,
Central Carolina Presbytery
RE Dr. Derek Halvorson President, Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, TN
Tennessee Valley Presbytery
RE Mr. Kyle Keating Teacher and Dean, Providence Classical Christian Academy,
St. Louis, MO Missouri Presbytery
TE Dr. Tim Keller Pastor Emeritus, Redeemer NYC & Redeemer City-to-City Metro NY Presbytery
RE Mr. Jim Pocta Licensed Professional Counselor, Dallas, TX North Texas Presbytery
TE Dr. Jim Weidenaar Harvest USA & Assistant Pastor, First Reformed PCA,
Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh Presbytery
WAS KELLER FEELING INVINCIBLE AFTER THE REPORT TO DOUBLE DOWN WITH & ?
Never one to doubt his own popularity, Keller must have felt he could expose his progressive political alliances even deeper. By July Keller appeared in the & Campaign Elder Council with a host of other far left progressive thought leaders- but then SOON after being exposed – HIS IMAGE AND NAME DISSAPPEARED. News was already out and clearly Keller HAD joined his TGC urban pastor disciples and the OBAMA FOUNDATION’S Michael Wear in a decidedly fringe progressive political machine pushing every progressive social agenda and narrative in the Democratic Party play book- including – and especially the now highly exposed errors of the false gospel of “Social Justice” laced with critical theories and promising massive payoffs in faith based partnerships for those who embrace them.
HIDING IS HARD WHEN YOU LOVE TO BIG FACE.
Keller was removed from the website BUT left the following footprints behind.
The & Campaign pushing “Biblical Values & Social Justice” had just released its promised civic engagement ,AKA 2020 voter guide.
NEW BOOK FROM JUSTIN GIBONEY, MICHAEL WEAR & CHRIS BUTLER
“Compassion (&) Conviction provides a reconciliatory prescription for a political environment infected by discord, animus, and extremism.”
Here is it’s clearly third way political narrative.
“HAVE YOU EVER FELT TOO PROGRESSIVE FOR CONSERVATIVES, BUT TOO CONSERVATIVE FOR PROGRESSIVES?”
“Too often, political questions are framed in impossible ways for the faithful Christian: we’re forced to choose between social justice and biblical values, between supporting women and opposing abortion. As a result, it’s easy for Christians to grow disillusioned with civic engagement or fall back into tribal extremes. This state of affairs has damaged Christian public witness and divided the church.”
IT COMES COMPLETE WITH A GROUP STUDY GUIDE
“The book includes a study guide for classroom use and group discussion. When we understand our civic engagement as a way to obey Christ’s call to love our neighbor, we see that it is possible to engage the political process with both love and truth―compassion and conviction.”
ABOUT THE WRITERS AND THIER GOALS
“The authors of this book represent the AND Campaign, which exists to educate and organize Christians for faithful civic and cultural engagement. They insist that not only are we called to love our neighbors through the political process but also that doing so requires us to transcend the binary way the debates are usually framed. In simple, understandable language, they lay out the biblical case for political engagement and help Christians navigate the complex world of politics with integrity, from political messaging and the politics of race to protests, advocacy, and more.”
KELLER SHOULD HAVE NEVER WITHDRAWN HIS POSITION AS AN ELDER FOR & CAMPAIGN AFTER HE APPEARS AS A THOUGHT LEADER THROUGHOUT THE BOOK
Tim Keller and his Oikonomia Network / TGC partner Greg Forster are clearly KEY THOUGHT LEADERS in the & Campaign effort and are quoted repeatedly on the topic of “cultural engagement”.
JOIN OUR MISSION TO EDUCATE AND ORGANIZE CHRISTIANS FOR CIVIC AND CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
Keller had first welcomed & Campaign leader and Obama Foundation Ambassador Michael Wear to The Gospel Coalition in 2017 as a contributor. Keller, according to the book “Good Faith ” was no stranger to the Obama White House having visited with then President Obama in 2012 to assure the full weight of Keller’s considerable evangelical influence behind the Presidents second term…a term which gave the church in America some of its greatest cultural and social negatives in history like the redefining of marriage via the LGBTQ AGENDA.
Keller was happy to be wined and dined by the President whose worst legacy might be the 2013 boosting of Federal funding for abortion across the board… internationally to over $530 million annually according the Planned Parenthood. How does it feel Tim – to have invested your pastoral influence in the administration promoting such mass destruction of human life- God given human life in the must vulnerable of places- the womb of their mothers ?
THE OBAMA ABORTION FUNDING ACCORDING TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD :
“The Obama administration’s newly released budget for Fiscal Year 2013 maintains level funding for the Title X Family Planning Program, at $296,838,000.”
“The administration’s 2013 budget also proposed $104,790,000 for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, maintaining the same funding level as FY 2012. Planned Parenthood applauds the White House for continuing to make teen pregnancy prevention a priority.”
“President Obama is also taking important steps to sustain family planning efforts throughout the developing world. The proposed 2013 budget includes $530 million for USAID family planning and reproductive health programs; representing a $6 million increase from FY 2012.”
“The president’s budget includes $39 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a $4 million increase from last year’s request.”
KELLER’S LONG TIME AFFILIATION WITH THE OBAMA TEAM LIKE WEAR CONTINUES
SO MUCH FOR BIBLICAL SOCIAL JUSTICE TIM KELLER.
& CAMPAIGN IS CLEARLY A NEVER (AGAIN) TRUMP EFFORT AS PROVEN BY THEIR RHETORIC
“The upcoming presidential election marks a significant decision point for our nation. This moral moment requires principled conviction from politicians, but even more so from the American people. Christians have a particular obligation to provide this moral leadership. No candidate will be perfect, but Christians can hold both parties accountable to a vision for the common good that is not fully represented in either party platform.”
“While a misappropriation of the separation between Church and State has sometimes been used to suggest people of faith are the only people who can’t consider their values when participating in politics, we know that both our faith and the demands of citizenship require that we bring our full selves to the project of self-governance.”
“Our Christian faith’s call to recognize the image of God in every person and to love our neighbor as ourselves compels us to speak into the public square to promote social justice and moral order. We have a spiritual responsibility as followers of Jesus to seek common ground and the common good. We are obligated to protect the vulnerable and defend human dignity even of those with whom we disagree.”
& CAMPAIGN PLATFORM ISSUES
THE HEALTH OF OUR DEMOCRACY
RACE AND VOTER RIGHTS
THE POOR AND PRO-FAMILY ECONOMIC POLICIES
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND LGBTQ RIGHTS
HEALTHCARE AND ABORTION
“Our nation desperately needs Christians to live out their faith in this political sphere for the good of all Americans, and the 2020 presidential candidates need to hear, respond to, and respect our voice and earn our vote. Through advocacy and protest, we are committed to supporting candidates, no matter their political affiliation, when they promote civility and human dignity, and we will actively oppose politicians, policies, and parties when they undermine these values.”
NOW KELLER’S PAL MICHAEL WEAR OF THE OBAMA FOUNDATION HAS MOVED ON TO A POLITICAL PAC “NOT OUR FAITH” WHICH IS WORKING FEVERISHLY TO ERODE EVANGELICAL SUPPORT FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP
“The president … turns to Christians to answer for him. We’re tired of answering for this man,” Michael Wear, Not Our Faith PAC senior adviser. (And lets not forget- Obama Foundation Ambassador to America’s Believers and Tim Keller associate and TGC contributor.”
“A group of prominent Christians from both sides of the aisle, including a past faith adviser to former President Barack Obama, is forming a political action committee designed to chip away at Christian support for President Donald Trump in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign.”
“Dubbed Not Our Faith, the new super PAC plans to roll out six-figure TV and digital ads focused on Christian voters — particularly the evangelical and Catholic voters who helped power Trump to victory in 2016. Its first digital ad, set to run in Michigan and Pennsylvania, takes sharp aim at Trump’s claim to a foothold with Christians.”
“”These are states where the religious vote is going to determine the outcome of the election,” Not Our Faith advisory council member Michael Wear, a former Obama faith adviser, told Fox News. “We’ve just never had a president in the modern era who divided Christians, intentionally stoked conflict in Christian communities, like this one.”
“Not Our Faith’s advisory council also includes Republican consultant Autumn VandeHei, former Evan McMullin campaign manager Joel Searby, Biden Republicans co-founder Emily Matthews and former Fuller Theological Seminary president Richard Mouw”
LEST WE FORGET – AS OUR MOTHER’S WARNED US ABOUT THE COMPANY WE KEEP- MEN OF LIKE PASSIONS TEND TO RUN TOGETHER. WEAR AND KELLER ARE COMMITTED PROGRESSIVES.
WHILE WEAR IS NOT ATTEMPTING TO APPEAR AS A BIBLICAL CONSERVATIVE. KELLER, ON THE OTHER HAND, TENDS TO LIKE TO HAVE PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY.
Keller loves being the authoritative voice on how the church ought to present itself in the task of “redeeming culture” and has taken his brand “Redeemer City to City global.
KELLERS WORK WITH WEAR AT TGC
PHOTO OF KELLER DINING WITH OBAMA FROM REDEEMER CHURCH MEMBER BLOG.
(FROM THE BLOG ”)
That’s my pastor! (TIM KELLER)
“See the white bald guy on the right bottom corner? Yeah that’s my pastor:-)”
TIM KELLER WAS EQUALLY AS OBVIOUS FROM HIS 2012 MEETINGS IN “GOOD FAITH ” AND APRIL 2011 AT OBAMA’S WHITE HOUSE FOR BREAKFAST
Keller and TGC have always been pushing a political agenda in the name of an orthodox theological movement. He has just helped split his own denomination. Keller has partnered with members of the far left , the Obama Foundation , The Democratic Party , and the liberal media to move the church in general and a generation of young pastors to the far left socially and politically. TGC is helping destroy the church ability to be salt and light in the most challenging days we have faced since WWII. Globalism, as a political movement, threatens not only life as we know it in the West , but the very religious liberties that Keller and other compromised evangelical leaders have built their fame- fortunes – and careers upon. They have feed well from the flock and are burning down the stables where the lambs once found refugee.
Keller breaths the rarified air of left wing political think tanks funded by millions to deconstruct the conservative Christian forces in American life. He looks to be willing to do so by playing the type of confidence scam that a street hustler would be proud to pull off. It is one of the oldest scams in the book. This kind of hustle is easy to accomplish by appearing to be many things you are not.
One thing Keller has certainly BEEN is successful. He appears to have been successful at fooling many avid followers and at gathering a generation of young American pastors and steering their callings from God, and over time, their churches into the progressive TGC/ Keller fold. Many are coming to agree that the church has been troubled by Tim Keller. Much damage has been done and ground lost and time wasted. Keller can no longer stake his claim among the orthodox/ Biblical Christian world – unless perhaps he and his fellows have achieved their greatest goals…of a massive paradigm shift in the Western church away from Biblical Values and into (the false ) Social Justice gospel. If this is where we are and hope of recovery has faded – then Tim Keller has little to look forward to beyond his success except for God’s assessment of His deeds.
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.