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John Piper Falls Deeper Into the Pit!

On Nov 5, 2009, The Desert Pastor wrote an article about John Piper and laid out some things that were very concerning.  I think many people were upset over the fact that The Desert Pastor called John Piper  to account over the things below:

  1. Mixing oxymorons for many years such as “Christian hedonism”
  2. Openly endorsing Mark Driscoll (the vulgar, sewer-mouthed talker) with no known retractions
  3. Blasphemously claiming the Lord of Glory was damned upon the cross
  4. Openly endorsing the Federal Vision heresy as proclaimed by men like Douglas Wilson, and clearly indicating that Douglas Wilson is NOT preaching another or false gospel
  5. Openly endorsing the New Perspective on Paul heresy as proclaimed by men like N.T. Wright, and clearly stating that N.T. Wright is also NOT preaching another or false gospel, but that the NPP is merely a “confusing gospel!  (HT: Defending Contending written by The Desert Pastor)

Now, that John Piper has hit that pinnacle of what seems like “godhood” where he can do no wrong in the eyes of his adoring public, he begins to openly bring other men to his conferences that are known to be lovers of this world rather than lovers of God.  I believe we are truly in the last days where we see men, who we thought loved God, turn from Him because the praise of man was more to be sought after than the praise of God.  What a sad commentary of this day and age…and yet it was prophesied all those many years ago that it would happen.

The news has hit that John Piper is having Rick Warren, “The Purpose Driven Life” writer, into his conference as one of the speakers of the 2010 Desiring God Conference.  He says he believes that Rick Warren is theologically more at home where he is than where an Armenian is.  He told Rick Warren he believes he is the most pragmatist pastor in the whole world.  He then goes on to tell Rick Warren that he didn’t believe he was a pragmatist at root.  “Come and tell us why thinking biblically matters to you in your amazingly pragmatic approach to ministry.”  One of the other things Piper says is that he believes that Warren is theological and sound at root.  Here is where you can listen for yourself to what John Piper has to say!

To say that I am shocked over this would be a lie.  I have begun sharing with people that Piper is not on the straight and narrow when he brings false teachers into his church who PURPOSEFULLY go contrary to the Word of God.  If it’s easy to invite a loud and foul-mouthed preacher (who worships a god that is a sex pervert) into your church, then it becomes easier to invite other pastors who teach contrary to the Word of God.   This causes the question to be asked, “Which Jesus is he worshiping?”  I believe the KJV has an excellent way of saying it in the parable of the seeds.

Luke 8:11-18, “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.  No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.  For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.  Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. {seemeth…: or, thinketh that he hath}” This person (whoever it is)– “that which he seemeth to have” does not really have what we think he does and will be shown for what he truly is.  It is important to note that one day we will see people in hell who thought they were worshiping the one, true God and found out they weren’t.

Mt 7:13-22, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'”

Now,  I am sure some will be very irate over what I have just said.  A pastor, who makes a habit of endorsing lies and false doctrine, is suspect as to whom he truly worships.  I understand that all of us sin and I’m sure I will hear this from many.  I am in total agreement that all of us sin and none are perfect; however, that does not let any pastor off the hook!  Pastors  (and anyone in a position of leadership) will be held accountable to God one day for what he teaches or what he allows within the flock the Lord has entrusted him!  I do not say any of this lightly as it is a sad day when pastors, who say they are true believers, begin to allow false shepherds to lead their flock away.  What’s worse is when they encourage this to happen!