5 Reasons Why I Don’t Listen To John Piper Anymore.
Piper’s Association with Beth Moore
Beth Moore is a completely unbiblical teacher who goes against the scripture verse 1 Timothy 2:12 which says ” I do not permit a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man”. Some of Beth Moore’s questionable associations include false prophets such as Joyce Meyer’s and Joel Osteen.
Piper has spoken in the past that he’s happy to learn from Beth Moore and provided her his support.
Piper’s Defense of Mark Driscoll
Driscoll preached an outrageous sermon in 2007 , that handled the song of Solomon like a sex manual. Many people responded especially pastor John MacArthur who wrote a series of 4 articles titled “The Rape of Solomon’s song”. When questioned about this in 2009, Piper defended him saying that Driscoll gets all kinds of people from all different backgrounds to come to his church , completely discarding the new testament fact that a church is first and foremost for believers.
Piper’s Association with Rick Warren
Rick Warren has been exposed by many as a false prophet in the past for his support of gay marriage and trying to blend Catholicism and Protestantism as well as for his prosperity themed books that he’s written.
Piper has given Warren a full-fledged endorsement since 2010 by stating that Warren is “at root theological, doctrinal and sound”.
Piper’s Endorsement for Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina is an ancient mystic form of prayer where one “empties their mind” which is never recommended anywhere in the bible for a believer to do so. In late 2011, DesiringGod.org , Piper’s ministry recommended Lectio Divina as a viable prayer practice. These types of prayer consists of 4 elements mainly.
- Lectio ( Reading )
- Meditatio ( Meditation )
- Oratio ( Prayer )
- Contemplatio ( Contemplation ) , according to his website. The post was written by Jonathan Parnell for DesiringGod.org and was later taken down from their website.
Lectio Divina is a non-biblical prayer practice from which true believers should flee from. True believers are to pray in Spirit, staying mindfully alert . We ought not to practice any “mystical prayers” which is to empty one’s mind and go into an altered state of consciousness.
Pagans of all cultures practice these types of mind emptying practices. But the scripture never teaches us to empty our own mind so we can get some kind of mystical message from God.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with meditating upon the word of God. But we don’t stop using our brains or empty our minds to do that. That’s when we step into uncharted waters an that’s where the danger lies.
Now this brings me to the No.1 reason why I don’t listen to John Piper anymore. Here we go. Everything he preaches is very experiential and emotions based. This might seem innocent to many but there is a subtle danger in this, in that when you depend more on your own emotions and feelings to understand the word of God, the chances of the word becoming muddier and distorted goes higher. I’ve also noticed that Piper plays this very high level form of mental jujitsu when it comes to words and what I mean by that is sometimes when he speaks on a topic, especially when he’s confronted on a subject, he has this ability to construct words which could mean something completely different from what he’s saying by the tone and modality of his speech and I think this is very dangerous.