Promise Keepers: is it right or is it wrong? I interviewed a member of our churches, Dave, who attended the Promise Keepers Assembly at the Pontiac Silverdome. He said it was a revival of about 75,000 men. There was not one women except for the ones serving lunch. It was over a period of 2 days. A Friday night and Saturday morning. On Saturday the men were served 2 big meals. There were 6 speakers, all of whom were from different denominations. He said the whole idea of the Promise Keepers is to bring the family closer together and for the men to take more responsibility. He said that he also benefited from that teaching. Another thing that Dave said is that Promise Keepers told men to discuss their family problems with strangers. He said he felt kind of awkward in this situation, because he does not usually discuss that kind of thing with another man, but rather with his wife. The first 2 speakers were on Friday night and the other 4 spoke on Saturday morning. Before the speakers were introduced, there was a whole lot of singing. They sang many traditional hymns such as, The Lord’s Prayer, Holy Holy Holy and others. He also said that it was a truly remarkable thing to see 75,000 men singing the Lord’s Prayer all at once, no matter what anybody says. The first few speakers did speak strongly against divorce, drugs, and anything that would disrupt the family life. The last few speakers strayed somewhat away from the family life, and spoke more on the general religious life. The speakers said a lot about the Kingdom of God, but during the end they started talking about the kingdom here on earth. When they talked about the kingdom on earth, and how great man is, and what man can do, and what they wanted to accomplish, Dave could see that their teaching was not reformed. He said that one must be very strong in the faith to endure these challenges. Dave also said there was one speaker in particular, he could not remember his name, who worked up the whole crowd. Men were shouting and doing different things. I do not think that this is right, because I don’t see people standing up in the middle of our church services shouting and doing all kinds of different things. He said that he would not recommend it for anybody or advise anybody to go to a Promise Keepers gathering. He said he was glad he went, but he would not go again. The information I got for the rest of my paper, I got out of a handbook called Promise Keepers and the Forgotten Promise, it is written by Ernest D. Pickering, Th. D. Some of the speakers at the Promise Keepers are not sound in their theology and practice. They present a wide spectrum of theological teaching which would not be in harmony with the teachings in our churches. In the book it says that this movement of the Promise Keepers has a disregard for the biblical teaching on ecclesiastical separation. It is very difficult to protect the kind of teaching that is taught in our churches because the opinion of the public is strongly against us. In some churches there are those that are members, and sometimes even leaders, that are not strong in the same convictions as the rest of the church and if the preacher does not promote the Promise Keepers, such people are willing to leave the church and follow the crowd, without even giving their own church a good try. Once people join the Promise Keepers they begin to ignore or lessen the importance of a sound doctrine, and it gets easier and easier to continue doing this, and soon they are in no manner of holiness. In conclusion we need to watch out for these types of movements, and the pastor and the leaders of the church must lead the people away from such things. By what Dave says and by what this book says I would not go to a Promise Keepers gathering and I would not recommend it for anybody else.
Brian is a student at Covenant Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan.