Paul's Passing Thoughts

John MacArthur’s Piper / Warren Hypocrisy

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on July 1, 2011

John MacArthur’s love affair with New Calvinism and its Cult of Personality is apparent. What is annoying is his double standard concerning those he criticizes and New Calvinist cult figures, particularly John Piper. The most blatant example of this is Mac’s criticism of Rick Warren for excluding repentance from his gospel presentations while at the same time, the absence of repentance in the gospel is a hallmark of  New Calvinism (poke Michael Horton’s teachings just about anywhere to try to find repentance). I have been told by a New Calvinist to my face that my inclusion of Acts 17:30 in a gospel presentation was Phariseeism. In fact, I have searched in vain for a message of repentance in any of John Piper’s gospel presentations. In his message, “God Strengthens Us by the Gospel” he offers the following as his specific definition of the gospel:

“What’s the gospel? I’ll put it in a sentence. The Gospel is the news that Jesus Christ, the Righteous One, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over all his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy. That’s the gospel.”

Seems pretty obvious here. He begins with, “What is the gospel ?” And ends with, “That’s the gospel.” My apologies ahead of time to New Calvinist Koolaid drinkers (like Frank Turk) for drawing any conclusions from this statement (also compare it specifically with some of Mac’s complaints about Warren’s presentation).

The following is the video that documents Mac’s diatribe against Warren while giving John Piper a pass.

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  1. Bill said, on July 7, 2011 at 7:01 PM

    I like Mac’s observations about Rick Warren. My take on Warren is that he’s trying to be everybody’s friend. He doesn’t bring up words like “repentance” because it doesn’t bring praise from the world. Right now it doesn’t appear that Christ is the Pantocrator (“All-Ruler”) to him.

    Paul, you are standing on a solid foundation! The Acts 17:30 verse and the gospel go hand in hand. Surely, it was Jesus who told the apostle Paul to “turn them from darkness,” and “from the power of Satan to God.” So in Acts 26:20 Paul says “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.”

    Can anybody improve on what the apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 2:19? “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

    The witnesses are all through Scripture! Why jump in the quicksand? Why call the Word of God “Phariseeism”?

    Arkansas Bill


  2. Anonymous said, on July 8, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    I see a lot on repentance in Piper’s messages…


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