reflects upon makes excuses for Mark Driscoll. Generic Christians don’t get off as easy.
For those of you unaware, John Piper has been friends with Mark Driscoll for many years. This is a relationship that he has no regrets about. Is anyone surprised? Which has led to tweets such as this:
Recently, Desiring God posted a video of John Piper reflecting on Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll.
Piper talks about how Driscoll looked up to him as an elder (and an “admired older guy”), and Piper regrets that he was not able to have as much influence on Driscoll. Go ahead and listen if you like. Here is what I learned:
- Historically, and even now, Christians are failing Jesus every day. We’re all sinners, so abusive bullying behavior is okay and reflects the gospel.
- It doesn’t matter that Driscoll was a defective leader as long as he preached Jesus. Because preaching Jesus makes abusive bullying behavior okay and reflects the gospel. Piper uses Philippians 1:12-18 as his excusable verse:
Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly. It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of good will. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.
- Don’t throw the baby of truth out with the bathwater of sin. As long as truth is being preached, abusive bullying behavior is okay and reflects the gospel.
- God is a general who accepts tactical defeats for strategic victories of the gospel. This was a colossal Satanic victory against Christians, the church, Reformed theology and complementarianism. As long as complementarianism and Reformed theology is being preached, abusive bullying behavior is okay and reflects the gospel.
A show of hands for those of you so saddened over Satan’s glorious victory over Reformed theology and complementarianism.
OOPS, not that kind, these CRICKETS!!!
- You can’t love Jesus if you don’t go to organized church. Jesus founded the church and ordained the structure of organized church, not men. If you don’t follow Jesus’ words, you’re a liar. Now Piper is being a bully. But it’s okay because he’s speaking gospel baby truth and reflecting the gospel.
Finally, the most important lesson learned:
- Piper’s cadence really grates on me. The sighing and eye rolling that I experienced over this ten minutes left me a little drained. Julie Anne, I call this “taking one for the team.”