There was a swift response to the first article, both positive and negative. The following excerpt from one such response from a professing Christian illustrates why we must contend more fervently than ever:
“Should we accept homosexuals into our churches? Yes, we should.” “Should we demand, that they stop being homosexuals? No, we should not.”
(Toni Brown – Bible Thumping Wingnut) This post is written as a follow up to last week’s article “Tim Keller’s Full Endorsement of Being Gay & Christian | Speaking Out On LivingOut” as there are some very important facts that need to be established.
Fact #1 about Tim Keller
After a troubling, deeply grievous experience in a church plant completely engulfed in the teachings of Dr. Tim Keller, I launched a massive, personal research project devoted to uncovering the truth about his ministry for the purpose of figuring out what just happened! I knew what I heard in the church plant was unbiblical and false, but I must admit that I really was not prepared for what I uncovered as I researched. I say this to say that I am not a fly-by-nighter; I’ve earned the right to be heard, as I have grieved the error, lost the sleep, studied the scriptures and done the research. He is not who he claims to be. My research is stored here: www.judeonefour.com
Fact #2 about Tim Keller
Based on countless hours of reading and listening to Tim Keller, with an open Bible, I can honestly report on his modus operandi, which is clever deception by way of double speak and language manipulation. He cleverly dismantles the believer’s confidence in scripture and undermines biblical truth, all while claiming to believe “what we believe.” It is for this reason that there is no shortage of quotes or comments in which he claims to hold to biblical teaching. He is far, more clever than your every day, run-of-the-mill false teacher, as he even puts out a somewhat tolerable book every now and then- but it is all a part of the cover. He epitomizes the Jude 1:4 warning to believers: “For certain men have crept in UNAWARES.”
deliberately euphemistic, ambiguous, or obscure language: intended to deceive or confuse people. The words used in doublespeak can often be understood in more than one way.
George Orwell, from his 1946 essay titled Politics and the English Language on the subject of the intent and purpose of language manipulation and double speak, rightly observed and wrote this:
“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real aim and one’s declared aim…”
Boom! What they “claim” to be up-to isn’t really what they are up-to, hence the constant need for double-speak. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve run into someone scratching their head trying to figure out why Tim Keller said this, or that, when he seems so “orthodox” in one certain book or another- they have no idea that this is his game. You must understand this.
the practice of unscrupulously manipulating the words and terms of anything regarding its form, meaning and context (i.e., language manipulation).
This manipulative tactic is a constant theme in Keller’s teachings and can be best understood in this movement by noting that they refer to themselves as “same-sex attracted” or “SSA” Christians. Same sex attraction is homosexuality, but they refuse to use the term, as their message would be even more clearly unbiblical. It is an attempt to soften the reality that they actually identify as homosexual Christians who have “decided” to remain celibate, or so they claim. This is a direct rejection of biblical regeneration and therefore the language manipulation is necessary. They also commonly invoke terms like “life situation” in place of “alternative lifestyle.” It’s all in the language and sadly it works like a charm, especially with the biblically ignorant.