“In order to be true to my own principle, I won’t bother you with information about the different views of the flood. Let me just lay out my own assumptions. I believe Noah’s flood happened, but that it was a regional flood, not a world-wide flood…those who insist on it being a world-wide flood seem to ignore too much the scientific evidence that there was no such thing.”
–(Tim Keller, Genesis: What Were We Put in the World to Do? [New York: Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 2006],81
My own principle? My own assumptions? Scientific evidence there was never a global flood???
Take note of the dire warning to the Lord’s church by the Apostle Peter from his second epistle, whereby he clearly illustrates how to recognize the “scoffers” in this warning:
“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, for this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.” 2 Peter: 3: 1-3, 5-6
Question: What does Peter say will be the mark of the coming ungodly scoffers?
Answer: Denial of the worldwide flood.
Keller is a Darwinian evolutionist and you will find him regularly partnering with the BioLogos Foundation, which was organized for the sole purpose of replacing the biblical account of creation with Darwin’s theory of evolution inside the church. This heresy is being cleverly propagated onto the church as “theistic” evolution, and again we see the manipulation of language used to promote heinous error in the church.
belief in a personal God as creator and ruler of the world.
“Animals, whom we have made our slaves, we do not like to consider are our equal.” Charles Darwin
There is not a word of scripture that suggests any type of evolutionary process in the Genesis account of creation, as scripture makes clear that God created in six literal days and rested on the seventh. How do we know the six days are literal? Because a day is defined in the creation account:
“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:5
Can it possibly be any clearer than this? No.
To prefix the theory of evolution with the term “theistic” makes it a much easier “sell” to the churches. A clear, concise creation account of what God did in the span of six days comes from the word of God. Darwin’s profane and dastardly theory, developed for the sole purpose of eliminating God, comes from the pit of hell. There is nothing “theistic” about Darwin’s godless theory, as we review the full title of (and concept behind) Darwin’s thesis:
“On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle For Life.”
By means of natural selection?
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Genesis 1:27,2:21-23
Preservation of favored races?
“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”
Evolution, from the idea of natural selection to the perversion of preserving only favored races, cannot be “Christianized.” But that will not stop the false teacher, as they never allow truth to get in their way. Dr. Timothy J. Keller says the Genesis account of creation is just poetry, insisting that “science falsely so-called” should have the last word in the church.
“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6: 20-21
In an essay he wrote for BioLogos titled Creation, Evolution and Laypeople, Dr. Keller revealed something that is both troubling and very telling about himself and his mission:
“If as a pastor I want to help both believers and inquirers to relate science and faith coherently, I must read the works of scientists, exegetes, philosophers, and theologians and then interpret them for my people. Someone might counter that this is too great a burden to put on pastors, that instead they should simply refer their laypeople to the works of scholars. But if pastors are not ‘up to the job’ of distilling and understanding the writings of scholars in various disciplines, how will our laypeople do it? This is one of the things that parishioners want from their pastors. We are to be a bridge between the world of scholarship and the world of the street and the pew. I’m aware of what a burden this is. I don’t know that there has ever been a culture in which the job of the pastor has been more challenging. Nevertheless, I believe this is our calling.” https://biologos.org/blogs/archive/creation-evolution-and-christian-laypeople-part-1
Tim Keller says the pastor must build bridges of unity between the world and the church; he says it is their “calling.” He says it is what believers want from their pastors…?
God’s word is void of any such concept but rather completely condemns this idea, as Paul warns us:
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-17
The Apostle John couldn’t agree more:
“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” 1 John 5:19
Peter concurs that the church and the world are incompatible:
“Dear friends, I warn you as temporary residents and foreigners to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.” 1 Peter 2:11
Peter identified believers as “temporary residents” and “foreigners” in this corrupt world; this doesn’t help much to promote Keller’s idea of uniting and building bridges. Jesus is completely at odds with the idea of his church uniting with the world:
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me first. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” John 15:18-20
The Apostle Paul details the role of the men who teach the church in undeniably clear language and it is the polar opposite of Keller’s definition of pastoral ministry:
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:1-2
“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” Acts 20:28
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” Ephesians 4:11-13
Below is a link to the list of pro-evolution essays Keller has produced for The BioLogos Foundation: https://biologos.org/author/tim-keller
Pastor John M. Otis has written a great book exposing the sinful error of any form of evolutionary thought in the church, as it robs God of his glory in creation, undermines all confidence in the word of God and collapses the very foundation of the Cross regarding the fall of Adam, sin and death.
Dr. Otis’ warnings to the church regarding evolution and its compromisers, including Tim Keller, can be found in the three links below.
Interview with John Otis about his book on the sinfulness of evolutionary compromise, with warnings about Tim Keller. (159.24 minutes) http://www.ironsharpensironradio.com/podcast/july-24-2015-isi-radio-show-with-john-otis-on-theistic-evolution-a-sinful-compromise/
Audio link to Otis’ lecture warning believers about Keller’s teaching and influence (51.27 minutes) http://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=63131119404
PDF file of John Otis’ book (to read Chapter 8 “The Compromisers: Dr. Tim Keller” click on the link and scroll down to page 121, which is the beginning of chapter 8 on Keller)
You can add Darwinian evolution to the long list of heresies Tim Keller is promoting in the Lord’s church. We will continue to expose the extensive error of Keller’s false theology in the next post.
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