Piper’s video reply to Warren controversy

Following on online Q&A session last night, Dr. John Piper recorded a video response to the concerns over his invitation to Rick Warren to be the keynote speaker at this years Desiring God Conference. This situation will be the subject of my radio program this week and I will of course make it available here on The Expositor and on our program site at www.mikecorley.org.


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7 thoughts on “Piper’s video reply to Warren controversy

  1. Acidri

    I cannot endure false doctrine, however neatly it may be put before me. Would you have me eat poisoned meat because the dish is of the choicest ware? It makes me indignant when I hear another gospel put before the people with enticing words, by men who would fain make merchandise of souls; and I marvel at those who have soft words for such deceivers…Their powerless theology cannot of itself arouse sufficient enthusiasm to enable them to build a mousetrap at the expense of their admirers. -Charles Spurgeon

  2. Russ Young

    Umm.. Would anyone take at face value what a Mormon says he believes, or how about a politician, without evaluating what he practices???

    It matter not what Rick Warren says he actually believes, we have an adamant record of what he IS teaching, and what he teaches is an abomination.

    It is time Pastor John to start practicing your curbing of your pride and disinvite Rick Warrren form DGR.

  3. Larry Linson

    John Piper, I trust him….I have read his books and I have listened to his heart for years. I do not see nothing in his teachings that will tell me he has been deceived. I know he stands for the truth… He has a passion for Christ, he is reformed in his theology….I really do not believe it is our place to be critical of him because we disagree. Many were critical of him when he had Mark Driscoll. He did not start using course language in his messages after having Mark, He will not stop preaching repentance after Warren. Lets give the man high regard in what he does for the cause of Christ.

    1. theexpositor

      I agree Larry that we should not “throw the baby out with the bath water”, and give Dr. Piper the benefit of the doubt. At the same time this is, in my opinion, not a secondary issue or necessarily one that is just a matter of disagreement. Rick Warren is clearly and undeniably ashamed of the Gospel. If it were my place to make the decisions, I would certainly establish a relationship with Warren, but one that involved personal conversation and not to invite him to be a featured, high profiled speaker at such a high profile event as the Desiring God Conference. Again I respect and admire Dr. Piper, but in the case, I believe he made the wrong call. I am eager to see where the relationship between he and Warren goes from here, and would be most eager to know what John MacArthur would say on the issue.

  4. Paula

    Larry you said “I do not see nothing in his teachings that will tell me he has been deceived. ”

    But he said Rick warren is Orthodox, Biblically rock solid, deeply theological etc.?

    Does that not give you pause? How did he make that assessment? Based on a private conversation? That is not confessing your faith, that is saying what your audience wants to hear.

    What about Piper saying he leans toward Old Earth? How about claiming he is a Christian Hedonist? I have heard many GOOD things from Piper, but I have also heard him say a lot of really off the wall confusing things.

  5. Roy Cadow

    I believe if we would just get back to our heritage, preach and teach what The Messiah Himself did, then we would not be in disareement on biblical doctrines. I believe Jesus is Jewish, read the Jewish Scriptures, based all of His sermons and methods on Judaism. Is not Judaism Christianity’s heritage? Christ, Christos, Messiah, Meshiach. They all are the same word in different languages, “THE ANNOINTED ONE.” THE WAY, LIFE, AND TRUTH. If we are going to do things like Jesus and be more like Jesus, why are we not practicing the the traditions He Himself practiced, Judaism? Without understanding Judaism, I believe one cannot understand Christ, which leads to much speculation and incorrect intrepretation of the scriptures. Imagine, thinking this loving God I serve would actually create people with the specific purpose of toying with them while they are alive to make them think they have a chance at heaven, all the while He knows they will go to hell because that is what He created them for. I think not.

    1. theexpositor

      Roy, can you please provide chapter and verse to support your position? And no I did not shut you out, just have not been able to reply to your post until now.


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