Premier On Demand | – Tim Keller on God and coronavirus • Premier Christian News

Pastor and theologian Tim Keller has been speaking to Premier about what obstacles a global pandemic will cause for the church. You can watch the full interview below.

Tim Keller is the founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York, a Calvinist theologian and author of ‘The Reason for God’. He also co-founded The Gospel Coalition and now trains gospel leaders.

Speaking from his New York apartment about how coronavirus will change the church, Keller said he thinks it will be hard to be a pastor when coronavirus is over, with a large percentage of the congregation out of work or having experienced devastation. “I think that almost all churches and non-profits are going to be in a position where there’ll be more to do but there’ll be less financial resources…that’s going to be a problem for ministry leaders everywhere in the country and in the world.”

He compared it to the attack on the Twin Towers and the aftershock then: “After 9/11, which had a huge impact on the city in a way you didn’t see in the rest of the country or the world, it took several weeks at least for us to figure out at our church ‘what does this mean for us in the future?’ We can’t go on with business as usual. We have to find out ‘what is God calling us to be?’ and it can’t be the same. I think that will emerge and I don’t think it’s easy to tell.”

Keller explained how the current pandemic is affecting parts of the church community in New York, where the virus is spreading quickly: “The poorer churches can’t even go online. In the city, a lot of the working-class and poorer churches, they don’t have people who’ve got Wi-Fi at home. It’s really difficult for them. There are some churches in the city in which 80% or more of the members are out of work and they can’t just say, ‘oh, we’re going to stream online, we’re going to do our small groups online’, and even the churches that are more middle-class who are able to do that, you still feel the lack of real contact.”

He acknowledged the positive indication that many people are watching the gospel being preached online though, saying: “Churches that would ordinarily have 200 people in a service, if they go on the livestream, they’ll realise that a thousand people heard the sermon.”

When asked if he thinks the move to online church will be permanent, he replied: “Online visiting with each other can enhance but it can’t start or sustain a relationship. I don’t know if you’ve ever done computer dating – if you’re trying to have a romantic relationship with somebody over Skype, there’s a limit to it. I think it’s the same thing for us. We’ll probably become a little more adept but I don’t think that’s going to revolutionise.”

One way Keller thinks coronavirus will affect the church is by bringing people to a faith. He compared it to the terror attack in 2001 again: “There’s quite a number of folks who are Christians today because they started coming to church right after 9/11 just because they were scared and they wouldn’t they wouldn’t have gone to church. Right now that’s happening online – and it’s less effective than when you actually show up in the body – but nevertheless, something like that is happening now and there will be fruit. People will say ‘I came to Christ during the virus’.”

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  1. Dear People of God,
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  3. Why are you concealing yourself from the truth, Tim you being a staunch Bible-believing Christian, what are you afraid of? Where is your Christian faith now? Your Jesus who will salvage you from the face of these disastrous consequences? Please prove it, Tim Keller, as a true Christian. Admit, there's no god to guide you in these natural fatal situations. The Medical Staff and the Scientists are the true saviors, Cheers

  4. I think you can and should exercise at home, just by putting on some music and dancing in front of an open window. If you make it a family affair, it's actually a bonding and fun activity. You can even put on a dance video for help and inspiration. Exercise helps even to prevent and treat depression. But better is a brisk walk in the sunshine and fresh air, while keeping the social distance

  5. So disgustingly sad to see women BLATANTLY disregard the Lords commandments “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” ‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭KJV‬‬ … ALSO: “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel “ 1PETER3:3 KJV

    Don’t ya find it a bit strange … that in a world of about 3 billion so called Christians, that JESUS CHRIST said: “When the Son of man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” ~Luke 18:8 KJV …

    JESUS CHRIST also SAID: “But as the days of NOAH were , so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:37 KJV –
    and based on 1PETER3:20 we learn that ONLY 8 souls were saved during NOAH’s time !!!! Meaning the percentage of souls saved during the flood will be the same percentage GUARANTEED by the words of JESUS CHRIST in Matt.24:37KJV !!!!

    Denominational Christianity is Satan’s “controlled opposition” used to promote HYPERGRACE & PROSPERITY GOSPELS !!!! as prophesied in the Parable of the TARES; and as such, is intentionally designed to be ACCEPTED BY ALL THE WORLDLY “REV.3:16-LUKEWARM” Christians that “PROV.14:14KJV-BACKSLIDE” saoking themselves in tne world’s “MARK8:15KJV-LEAVEN” and thus MISERABLY FAIL TO “1JOHN5:4-overcometh the world” … 99.99 % of all

    DENOMINATIONAL CHRISTIANS have NOT “escaped the pollutions of the world” talked about in 2PETER2:20 … THANK GOD ALMIGHTY FOR LUKE 10:21 !!!! … AND 2THESS.2:10-12 !!!! “But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. “ 1COR14:38KJV !!!! “MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE, and I know them, and they follow me:” ‭‭John‬ ‭10:27‬ ‭KJV

    The bible is ONLY for us SHEEP !!!!
    ONLY SHEEP can be HOLY-SPIRIT teachable ! … learn why

    … Review and Learn using a KJV BIBLE, the HOLY GRACE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST that makes up the Broken spirit: JOEL2:12-13 MATT5:3-6 JOHN5:14, JOHN8:11, 1JOHN5:16-17, 1COR10:13, 1COR15:34 2COR7:10 1JOHN3:9 and HEB.6:4-6, PHIL3:12, HEB.10:26 Deuteronomy 1:45 1 Samuel 8:18 1 Samuel 14:37 1 Samuel 28:6 1 Samuel 28:15 2 Samuel 22:42 Job 19:7 Job 27:9 Job 30:20 Job 35:12 Psalm 18:41 Psalm 22:2 Psalm 66:18 Psalm 109:7 Proverbs 1:28 Proverbs 15:29 Proverbs 21:13 Proverbs 28:9 Song of Solomon 5:6 Isaiah 1:15 Isaiah 16:12 Isaiah 57:13 Isaiah 59:2 Jeremiah 2:28 Jeremiah 7:16 Jeremiah 11:11 Jeremiah 14:12 Lamentations 3:8 Lamentations 3:44 Ezekiel 8:18 Ezekiel 14:3 Ezekiel 20:31 Hosea 5:6 Micah3:4 Habakkukl:2 Zechariah 7:13 Matthew 20:22 Matthew 25:12 Luke 13:25 Luke 16:24 John 9:31 James 1:6-7 James 4:3 James 4:6 1 Peter 3:12 etc.

    Review and Learn using a KJV BIBLE, the POVERTY GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST that makes up the Renewed Spirit: MATT5:7-10 2COR7:1 1COR15:31 2COR4:16-18 MATT.5:40 MATT6:3-4 MATT.6:19-21 MATT.6:24/25 MATT.13:22 MARK10:21 MARK10:25 LUKE6:30 LUKE16:13-15 ACTS2:42-47 ACTS20:33-35 1COR.6:12 1COR.7:30 2COR.8:9 2COR.8:14-15 1TIM.6:6-10 HEB.13:5-6 JAMES1:4, JAMES4:13-16 & JAMES5:1-6 PROV.28:22 DEUT.15:4 PSA.34:9 PROV.28:22 ECC.7:14 ECC.8:15 … ETC. )‬ …

    THANK GOD ALMIGHTY FOR LUKE 10:21 KJV !!!! … AND 2THESS.2:10-12 KJV !!!!

    “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.” LukE 10:21 KJV “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the LOVE OF THE TRUTH, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2THESS.2:10-12KJV.

    “[48] He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” John 12:48 KJV
    “Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.”  Proverbs 13:13 (KJV)

    BTW: the apostate Christianity are ALL the denominational fake WORLDLY Christian churches, which even the IRS recognises as a “501-c-3 corporation” and not an “Acts20:28KJV-Church of God”, which should have “Acts2:44-KJV-all things common”.

    DENOMINATIONAL “501-c-3 CORPORATIONS/CHURCHES” DO NOT TEACH THE HOLY GRACE GOSPEL NECESSARY FOR A SANCTIFIED BROKEN SPIRIT “They profess that they know God; BUT IN WORKS THEY DENY HIM, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” ‭‭Titus‬ ‭1:15-16‬ ‭KJV‬ …

    … AND DENOMINATIONAL “501-c-3 CORPORATIONS/CHURCHES” DO NOT TEACH THE POVERTY GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST NECESSARY FOR A RENEWED SPIRIT !!!! “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2TIM3:5 KJV
    “[26] But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. [27] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” John 10:26-27 KJV
    SMH !

  6. It's a bit funny that Tim was asked whether he has any new hobbies. Seeing how many sermons he has to prepare, I think it's reasonable to guess that he could be even busier than before…

  7. ..Tim Keller, another one of those people who talks a lot without really saying much at all..
    the bottom line is that the God that he believes in created this virus, according to the Bible..
    Isaiah says that there is only one God, and that God is responsible for both good and evil,
    'I form the light and create darkness: I make peace and create evil, I the LORD do all these things.. there is non other'. this means that there is no Satan, and that Moses Jealous God is responsible for everything, including virus's..

  8. This "Corona-Crisis" is all a LIE!! And is being used by the DEEP STATE(ANTI-CHRIST GLOBAL GOVERNMENT) to create pandemonium, food & supply shortages leading to social unrest, shutting Dow-n of the stock market and economy, and ultimately bring in martial law to introduce THE NEW WORLD ORDER! The FAKE NEWS MAINSTREAM MEDIA is the channel to get the panic into frenzy. Don't believe it! (Isa 8:11-14)

  9. And let's pray for those who are critically sick with COVID scared and waiting and hoping and terrified and fighting for each breath.. that they might put all their hope on Jesus. "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain"

  10. God is an immoral delusion … this virus is reality …. get a grip folks … deal with this based on verifiable data, experimentation, facts and science. Leave your 1st century superstitions in church on Sunday's; it ain't gonna work on this issue. Talk to an Atheist .. I'll tell you all about it. 🙂

  11. I attend a very small church with no internet. Our Pastor and his wife hand delivers his sermon copied on a 4g stick to those who cannot attend church on Sundays. He prays with us when he drops it off. Precious monents. He truly shepherds us.

  12. Be very careful, brothers and sisters… this is just a ploy to get us to give up our rights and liberties. The second wave is in the vaccine that they have made that will change our DNA. Do not take the vaccine… what has light to do with darkness? They are blatant about the fact that it will be rushed to market and therefore, untested on humans. The last time they were trying to make this type of vaccine, the animals that they tested it on all produced anti-bodies and then when exposed to the real thing… they all died. Be careful. P.S. they want our guns and to keep us from protesting… and they are going to crash the worlds monetary system to set up for the one world money system. All prophesied in the bible. Know the word. Do not be deceived.

  13. So let's ask Keller where does he think all the Japanese people whom weren't saved, weren't Christians, that were killed in the tsunami of 2011, went to after they died? We're talking around 15,000 people that were probably Buddhists or Shintoists.

  14. Not a single one of these people speaking on Premier videos so much as questions the appropriateness of the unprecedented restrictions on our freedoms, including the right to gather to worship. Not one of them questions whether any of these draconian measures are really justified.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has been spreading across the world, and countless people are suffering. There is also the locust plague and floods. Do you think these are just coincidental occurrences? The Scripture even says that people will faint from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world. The day in which God brings His punishment upon this earth is this age because of the evil that people have committed.!

  16. Rev 18:23 And the Light (JESUS, Jn. 12:46) of a candle shall shine (Word of the Spirit, Eph. 6:17) no more at all in thee; and the voice of the Bridegroom (JESUS, Jn. 3:29) and of the bride (Fellowship/Prayers, Acts 2:42) shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men (Big Pharma…, Rev. 18:3) of the earth; for by thy sorceries (Drugs/Witchcraft) were ALL nations deceived (Seduced).

    Pharmakeia “SORCERIES”
    From G5332; medication (“pharmacy”), that is, (by extension) magic (literal or figurative): – sorcery, witchcraft.

    Aborted fetal cells = Abomination to the Most High God

    RNA/Nano Technology = No longer human (as in the days of Noah)

    Simon & Gates the Magician
    Act 8:9 But there was a certain man (Gates, and others), called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery(witchcraft & drugs), and bewitched the people(of the world) of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one (actually an evil one): Act 8:10 To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. Act 8:11 And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries (witchcraft & drugs).

    Can people be seduced by a man or men? YES! There’s nothing new under the sun!!! One man deceived an entire city back then!

  17. Thus says the Lord God:
    "In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
    But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge".
    Jeremiah 31: 29-30

    Judgment (pestilence): Plot against an anointed of God.

    "Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them".
    Jeremiah 11:11

    Jeremiah 2:22
    Jeremiah 33: 3

  18. If you are christian and actually believe you are going to heaven when you die! Go out get the virus dont get medical treatment go to heaven! Why would any believer want to avoid Heaven? YET EVERY CHRISTIAN COMES BEGGING SCIENCE(THE THIGN THAT PROVES THE BIBLE IS FALSE) TO SAVE THEM FROM THE REWARD OF HEAVEN!
    Why is that? There is only reason this can be!

  19. I appreciate Tim’s answer of “I don’t know” regarding god’s causing evil and suffering and/or his refusal to stop it. How about considering going a step further regarding a god even existing? The continued worship of a being that hurts you or allows hurt seems akin to Stockholm Syndrome.

  20. There is no god on earth.god is the one who creat the world ,how stupid people that they call human being god ,or cow ,goat ,or snake or statue, god don't need to come to people and don't need to show and suffer etc ,it's a non sense, when some one have power why he would come in the world and suffer ,you can't undo god,

  21. The covid 19 hit america cuz you kill innocent people in Afghanistan and Iraq lebia ,so the god soldier come to you in the form of corona virus and you can't do nothing till they kill double of that people in ameerica that u killed in muslim country than will covid 19 stop ,, so if you guys are reall Christian think about what I said ,this is god punishment upon you ,

  22. Psalm 106:34-41

    They did not destroy the peoples,
    as the Lord commanded them,
    35 but they mixed with the nations
    and learned to do as they did.
    36 They served their idols,
    which became a snare to them.
    37 They sacrificed their sons
    and their daughters to the demons;
    38 they poured out innocent blood,
    the blood of their sons and daughters,
    whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
    and the land was polluted with blood.
    39 Thus they became unclean by their acts,
    and played the whore in their deeds.
    40 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
    and he abhorred his heritage;
    41 he gave them into the hand of the nations,
    so that those who hated them ruled over them.