Shocking Revelation Concerning John Piper’s Theology
After the impossible experience that caused me to write the post When Matthew 18 Breaks Down, with no other options available, I filed a formal grievance in the PCA Presbytery against the pastors. Currently the Presbytery is investigating my claims of their misconduct. I do have a collection of documents to support my case and witnesses that can be called, so I know that my case is solid. It is encouraging that we are one step from an ecclesiastical trial at this point.
Having read Puritans, Reformers, and Martyn Lloyd-Jones for years, I was unaware of John Piper until I read of his oppressive doctrine here at A Cry for Justice. Curious about his writings, I read his book This Momentary Marriage earlier in the year and reviewed it on Amazon.
I was surprised to find similarities in Piper’s theology with the response that I received from my church. Their response was not to discipline as I expected from a church sworn to uphold the Westminster Confession, but rather, they chose to minimize the abuse and attempt to force me back into a dangerous situation to ‘preserve the marriage’. Although my husband was involved with another woman in addition to the abuse, I was sent a letter that I must remain unmarried for the rest of my life or be reconciled to my husband as Piper teaches. I am now convinced that the church followed John Piper’s doctrine over and above the official position paper or confession of the PCA church — and Piper is a Baptist!
I have come to realize that John Piper is writing the practical doctrine that a lot of churches follow, despite the fact that many denominations have confessions of faith, written by learned men, that have stood for hundreds of years. Could it be that his books are just more fun to read than historical documents? Piper’s books are peppered with unwholesome sex talk that I have never found in theology books before. Ultimately it is the sheep that suffer from such negligence by the shepherds.
Curious about the Lutheran Church’s response to domestic abuse, I contacted their information center and was impressed with the response that I received (see this post I wrote last August). I began to study Lutheranism by reading Concordia, the Lutheran Confessions. The confessions were written by Wittenberg theologians, including Martin Luther, to challenge the Pope’s corrupt church and they define the Gospel, and what isn’t the Gospel, with precision. Simultaneously, I was reading John Piper’s What Jesus Demands from the World, and I saw a startling similarity between the pre-reformation Catholic Church and John Piper’s doctrine. I found that the arguments of the Lutheran theologians are still applicable nearly 500 years later against John Piper’s theology! Through them it is evident that John Piper’s doctrine is not Reformed, not even Protestant, but pre-reformation Roman Catholic! I recently asked a Lutheran theologian to evaluate my review and he said it was ‘spot on’ with Lutheran theology. Can’t you see the parallels between the church forcing the abuse victim to ‘keep trying’ and the medieval church’s rules for works-righteousness that included crawling up the cathedral steps on one’s knees? That is exactly how I felt when I was under the church’s counsel laden with impossible burdens. No wonder we have suffered so terribly as a result of John Piper’s unchecked influence in the churches.
Please read this review at both sites (and if you haven’t already, my review of This Momentary Marriage) and mark them as ‘helpful’. Comments left at the Amazon reviews are being read by our adversaries and statements will be especially helpful as we continue to lobby seminaries and denominational heads. We wish to hold them accountable for permitting their pastors to promote Piper’s false teaching from the pulpit and following his books as procedure in abuse cases. Through these reviews we are able to label dangerous books with a warning, and also draw attention to the problems that abuse victim/survivors face due to false teaching. Our goal is to create dialogue, hopefully resulting in reform.
If you would go one step further, it also helps to raise our review to the forefront by marking all positively-rated reviews for What Jesus Demands From the World as ‘unhelpful.’ You may also post your own scathing review of this book to help the gold stars more accurately reflect its content.
We can’t emphasize enough how much your help is needed. We have received few helpful responses from the theologians and it appears that they would prefer we just go away. We need your help to get them to realize that we are not leaving, we want reform!
For further reading
The book Not Under Bondage is packed with scriptural arguments for why the Bible gives three grounds for divorce: abuse, adultery and desertion.
Online articles that give scriptural reasons why Piper’s divorce doctrine is wrong:
Two posts which show how Piper’s doctrine has had horrific effects on victims of domestic abuse: