Across our country men by the thousands are flocking to convention centers and sports stadiums. The attraction is not rock groups or football games. Instead they have come together to learn how to be better husbands and fathers. The meetings are conducted by Promise Keepers (PK), a men's ministry based in Boulder, Colorado.
Enthusiasm for PK is widespread. Support for PK crosses all denominational lines. Churches and church leaders of every conceivable stripe (Baptist, Charismatic, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Reformed) are endorsing the PK movement. Clergymen in all these different churches are promoting attendance at PK meetings and use of PK literature at the local church level.
Although PK enjoys a broad base of support, there have been those critical of this latest darling of American evangelicals. Al Dager of Media Spotlight has been very pointed in his criticism of PK. I recommend his 24-page special report, "Promise Keepers: Is What You See What You Get?" M.H. Reynolds, editor of Foundation magazine has written a pamphlet entitled, "The Promise Keepers Movement Is Dangerous--Watch Out For It!" His conclusion? "...this movement represents another massive effort of Satan to mix truth and error in some very deceptive ways."
I want to examine PK with you, in obedience to the apostle's command that we "... try the spirits whether they are of God," I John 4:1.