Tim Keller is bad for the Church. Really bad. Like bad news and bad influence. Besides the fact that Keller is one of the foremost propagators of the serious error that one can reject biblical creation and still be a Christian, Keller has influenced the Church toward social gospel heresies, Pagan mysticism, and contemplative prayer. (I’ve laid all this out in the article, What’s the Fascination With Tim Keller.)
Interestingly, Keller seems to have embraced a new form of gospel obfuscation that he’s recently been promoting. A few weeks ago, Keller made the absurd assertion on Twitter that the gospel did not spread in the early church by preaching and evangelism — despite the overwhelming proof and biblical mandate otherwise — but by “life examples,” whatever that is. Now, he’s saying that unless we have “great Christian art,” we’re never going to reach the lost.
Now, I don’t exactly know what he believes is “great Christian art,” but one thing is for sure — the Scriptures never speak of such a necessity for reaching the lost. In fact, the Bible is abundantly clear on what Christians need to reach the world.
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.Romans 10:14-17
If I had to guess, I would say that someone really needs to reach Tim Keller. Keller has always suffered from theological ataxia, but the stuff he’s been saying lately makes me wonder if he’s not completely lost his marbles. No sane, honest student of the Scriptures could ever walk away with the conclusions he’s been pressing lately. But, coming from a man who held an effeminate ballet production at his church a few years ago, calling that “art,” perhaps we could never really know for sure what he’s thinking.