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John Piper Continues to Confuse Followers on Justification

John Piper has been concerning his followers for quite some time when it comes to elaborating upon the Doctrine of Justification and what he, quite uniquely, calls, “final salvation.” Since Piper’s embrace of Douglas Wilson during the height of the Federal Vision controversy (Wilson has since left Federal Vision behind, thankfully), some Reformed Baptists have … Read more

John Piper and Arminianism – Part III of a Biblical Review of Desiring God

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series John Piper - Desiring God

So what’s the Big Deal? Since my previous post, some have said, “I don’t see what the big deal is about John Piper. It seems to me he is saying the same thing the Bible says.” I would like to take a brief moment to go one step further in looking at Piper’s understanding of … Read more

John Piper Promotes #BlackLivesMatter

John Piper, who dug-in yesterday with another anti-gun tweet, also surprised many in evangelicalism with a tweet in seeming support of Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter is an international organization advocating against violence done toward blacks by non-blacks (they’ve been virtually silent on black-on-black violence, which constitues 93% of homicides in the black community). … Read more

New Book Examines John Piper’s Hedonism and Sam Alberry’s Homosexuality

An excellent book is now available that examines the teachings of two of the most influential figures among evangelicals today: “The Hedonism and Homosexuality of John Piper and Sam Allberry: Turning the Grace of God into Lasciviousness.” In this definitive critique, author Enoch Burke shows that both men have introduced novel terms into the church, … Read more

The Public Ministry of John Piper

John Piper’s public ministry must be evaluated through the lens of his Christian Hedonism, promoted in his book Desiring God (1986). Piper has spent the past three decades promoting his philosophy through his organisation Desiring God, and through his preaching at the annual Passion Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  Our video, The Public Ministry of John Piper, describes … Read more

Christian Joy Best for Charismatics and Not Cessationists, Says John Piper

Although once a popular figure among all stripes of Calvinist believers, John Piper’s increasing social justice activism and increasing charismaticism have largely reduced his popularity to that of The New Calvinists and, oddly enough, evangelicalism at large. Those who hold to the tenets of classical Reformed theology, however, have grown increasingly cautious of John Piper. … Read more

Cracking the Insidious Code Part IV: John Piper’s Self-Absorbed God

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series John Piper - Desiring God

John Piper’s theology of God, which has been widely read for years as it was circulated in his book Desiring God (1986), is his imaginative idea alone, and not biblical.  In Piper’s words, his theology proper is “The bedrock foundation of Christian Hedonism,” (DG p31). The bedrock aspect to which he refers is the self-enjoyment … Read more

Cracking the Insidious Code Part II: A Closer Look at John Piper’s Doctrine

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series John Piper - Desiring God

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thoughts captive to obey Christ, … Read more

Cracking the Insidious Code: A Review of John Piper’s Desiring God, Part I

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series John Piper - Desiring God

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation … Read more

New Book Explains Problems with John Piper’s Theology

Before the Calvinista fan-boys jump on us for this one, keep in mind that the chief issues with Piper’s theology is not his Calvinism. He gets that part right. Neither does believing soteriology correctly mean that every aspect of someones’ teaching is necessarily good. Pulpit & Pen has criticized Piper numerous times before, including Piper’s mollycoddling … Read more

Is John Piper Disqualifying Himself as a Teacher?

John Piper was once regarded as a great contender for the faith. He was the go-to guy for apologetics in Reformed theology and the one that was looked to when those with twisted soteriology espoused their false doctrine. He has written excellent books on living a holy life for God and had a way of explaining … Read more

A Response to John Piper: Why Gun Ownership is Biblical and Good

I named my daughter Piper, after John Piper. I regretted that terribly the moment John Piper invited Rick Warren to speak at the 2011 Desiring God conference, lending him his credibility and, I believe, metaphorically kissing his ring. That was too much for me. Since then, Piper has repeatedly partnered with the Mystichicks, Ann Voskamp, Beth … Read more

G3, Shepcon, and Social Justice – Clarity Needed from Phil Johnson and Josh Buice

There is a reasonable amount of controversy surrounding the speakers at the recent G3 Conference in Georgia (associated with Pastor Josh Buice of Prays Mill Baptist Church) and the upcoming 2019 Shepherds’ Conference in California (associated with Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church). The controversy does not concern the theological orthodoxy of these speakers … Read more