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Followers of John Piper Continue to be Confused by Him; This Time it’s Gun Control

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on December 29, 2015

JohnPiperIf you’re going to call yourself something, you ought to know what it is. Few Protestants know what a Protestant is, fewer Calvinists know what a Calvinist is, and most followers of John Piper are completely clueless in regard to what he really believes. Even the who’s who of evangelical academia bemoan things he often says with verbiage like, “Has anybody seen the real John Piper lately?” Uh, trust me, few that follow him have ever seen the real John Piper to begin with.

His latest attention getting controversy concerns an article he wrote on gun control. Apparently, according to a review of the article by Conservative Tribune, Piper believes Christians should disarm. However, the review also states that “Piper’s piece sent a shockwave through Christian and conservative circles and for good reason. While his heart may well be in the right place, Piper’s piece is full of confused conflations, unreasonable readings, and — heartless as this may sound — an ultimate lack of humanity.”

The review continued by citing specific things that Piper said in the article that are clearly a direct contradiction to the plain sense of Scripture. And that’s where I am going to park in regard to the main point of this post. Few followers of John Piper understand his position on state of being; in other words, how he interprets reality. By no means will the full scope of his philosophy be addressed here, but I will address his frequent poo-pooing of the plain sense of Scripture. There is a reason why this happens, and one would think this to be fairly evident.

Piper continually defies the plain sense of Scripture because he is an authentic Protestant. Do you want to find the real John Piper? Then find out what Protestantism was really about. The Protestant Reformation was totally about a whole new way of interpreting state of being and reality. I am going to keep this as simple as I can: it is the difference between “words mean things,” and interpreting all reality through a single prism. Protestantism was founded on interpreting ALL reality through the cross. This is sometimes known as the historical-redemptive hermeneutic which many believe to be a way of interpreting Scripture, and that is true, but first and foremost it is a way of interpreting reality.

The Reformers believed (and again, I am keeping this simple) that all of reality is a metaphysical story (meta narrative) about redemption written by God. So, all of reality is a story prewritten by God. He wrote the story for His own self-love and glory. In order to glorify Himself, he wrote evil into the script to better define His holiness. He created His anti-type, and then glorifies Himself by loving and saving some, and assigning others to eternal torment which also glorifies Him as well. Piper is mentored by the writings of Jonathan Edwards who believed the relatives of the damned would rejoice in regard to their fate because of the glory it would bring God.

Edwards also put feet on cross metaphysics through Idealism philosophy. This is the idea that all of reality is merely perceived in the mind, and all actions begin with an idea or thought. Even though the material world is experienced, it is dependent on mental perception. Hence, by God initiating and creating every first idea, he writes His metaphysical narrative about redemptive history for His own self-love and glory. Also, it is experienced as though we have control in matters of life, but in this interpretation of reality, it is God who creates the first idea of every action that takes place in our minds.

This is why Piper totally disregards biblical examples; that’s not the point. Anything done by the apostle Paul is not an example of what we should do, it’s merely the way God wrote the script. What happens in life, whether good or bad, gives God glory according to what He has predetermined. Hence, we should not be surprised that a “lack of humanity” is perceived in Piper’s writings.

But in the final analysis, it may all be a mute point when truth is based on authority. Perceived truth and personal culpability aren’t the issue, the truth authority of your choice is the issue. Past that, contradictions are totally irrelevant.

Those who care about contradictions shouldn’t be Protestants.


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  1. Oasis said, on December 30, 2015 at 4:25 AM

    A lack of humanity, a lack of LOVE. These grand master deathlords never stop making me SICK.


  2. Andy Young, PPT contributing editor said, on December 30, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    The reviewer of Piper’s article makes some very valid points, but he misses what is at the heart of the matter: that Piper holds to the same collectivist metaphysic as those on the political left (further proof that there is no distinction between religion and politics, for they are one in the same!) Any view of reality that declares man as unable and thereby in need of control by those in self-appointed authority will necessarily hold in contempt any innate desire of man to self-preservation. Moreover, such self-preservation is a threat to the power scheme of those who would seek to tyrannize others. Therefore, Piper’s conclusions are only the rational outcome of his assumptions. It should come as no surprise to us.


  3. lydia00 said, on January 2, 2016 at 2:34 AM

    I can think of some appropriate captions for that pic but will refrain. :o)

    Of course Piper thinks this way. He thinks America existing is wrong. It was my first intro to him by young family members who went to study and work with him. Disdaining America is a rite of passage for the young in Piperland.


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