Friday, June 8, 2018
Timothy Keller Is WRONG!
First, we use only professional and/or trained musicians for our worship services, and we pay them all. … Second, we often include no-Christian musicians in our services who have wonderful gifts and talent. … When we invite non-Christians to use their talents in corporate worship, we are simply calling them, along with every other creature, to bring their “peculiar honors” and gifts to praise their Creator.
Timothy Keller, “Reformed Worship in the Global City,” in D.A. Carson, editor, Worship By the Book, pg.238-239. Cited by Gary E. Gilley, “The New Calvinism,” The Quarterly Journal of Personal Freedom Outreach, Vol.38/No.3, pg.11
Why is he paying musicians — shouldn’t these be members of the congregation giving their talents to the Lord in their worship? With paid musicians you have a concert, not worship.
Has Keller not read 2 Corinthians 6:14? How can non-Christians lead worship if they do not even know God? And what if they are worshipping an idol? Where does he find in Scripture the people of God inviting pagans to lead them in worship?!
And yet pastors across the nation praise Keller as a teacher, and bring his books, etc into their assemblies for “Adult Education.” (Remember, Keller is also a theistic evolutionist - a heresy.)