Oh my goodness! escaped from my mouth as soon as I heard the words “As John Piper says in his book.” Don nudged me in the ribs and his uncle’s wife looked at me and grinned. We were watching a sermon by Dr David Dykes of Green Acres Baptist Mega-church, and Dykes is quoting Piper.
The Bible was open in his hands and Dykes is reading John Piper’s words as if they were gospel. It was hard to concentrate on his next words as I began to comprehend the depth of Dr Piper’s reach. I was surprised to hear Piper quoted since Green Acres Baptist Church is affiliated with Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptists), and not the more fundamental state convention Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
We find Piper is quoted religiously. He co-authored with Wayne Grudem the book Recovering Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood which is the backbone of the Danvers Statement and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. He has written 53 books as listed on Wikipedia. He has published thoughts on and is quoted on:
- Gender Roles
- Christian Hedonism
- Calvinism (he is one)
- Spiritual Gifts
- Law and Covenant
About gender roles, Wikipedia says: Piper holds to a complementarian view of gender roles, This view says that the Bible teaches that a husband is called to lovingly lead, protect and provide for his wife and family, and that the wife should joyfully and intelligently affirm and submit to her husband’s leadership. He also says that the Bible teaches that men are to bear the primary responsibility to lead the church and that therefore only men should be elders. Piper along with Wayne Grudem was co-editor of one of the bedrock books in this area called Recovering Biblical Manhood and Biblical Womanhood. One of the chapters has been reprinted several times as an independent short book called What’s the Difference?
David Dykes apparently likes to quote John Piper as we heard in that sermon, but we also find that David Dykes quotes John Piper in other sermons. In one of his sermons, on page 7, Dykes says this:
John Piper writes “Satan may be a roaring lion seeking someone to devour, but none of those who take refuge in Christ, the horn of our salvation, can Satan destroy. If I were an artist, I would paint for you a picture today of how Jesus, the horn of salvation has conquered Satan, the roaring lion.”
Does John Piper quote David Dykes? I don’t know. But other pastors are not quoting David Dykes as if his words were gospel. There is a mutual relationship between the two men because they are both involved in the Southern Baptist Convention leadership. David Dykes was on the search committee nominated Dr Page as Executive Director in 2011. John Piper spoke at the SBC convention in Phoenix in 2011.
Mike Leake , one of the pastors of First Baptist Church, Jasper, Indiana, quotes Dr. Piper. On his blog you will find this Piper quote:
“Defending the truth is a crucial part of [pastoral ministry], but it is not the main part. Holding the truth and permeating all our ministry with the greatness and sweetness of truth for the transformation of our people’s lives is the main part of our ministry.”
Mike Leake then asks if the reader is shocked that Piper says this. He goes on to say that perhaps the reader should reconsider the way that we view Piper. “But more than anything, may we learn from what Piper says here.”
At Brainy Quote you can see some quotes from John Piper:
- The essence of faith is being satisfied with all that God is for us in Jesus.
- Woe to us if we get our satisfaction from the food in the kitchen and the TV in the den and the sex in the bedroom with an occasional tribute to the cement blocks in the basement!
- God wills to be displayed and known and loved and cherished and worshiped.
- God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.
To help you feel warm and fuzzy about Dr. Piper, take a look at these funny quotes on Christ’s Church (EPC) Men’s blog. One of “Piper’s Humourous” quotes on this list that is not funny is:
You can be egalitarian to the core and be a member of this church. You’re just going to hear complimentarianism over and over and over again. (John Piper)
We could go on and on about the influence John Piper is having all over and through our denomination. Most of what is discussed on this blog about John Piper is what he says and teaches about wifely submission and males authority, but from these examples, we can see that his words are proclaimed everywhere.
So I ask “Is John Piper the new Apostle Paul?”
Will you join me in getting the word out that a modern day acclaimed apostle needs to get his facts straight about women in leadership positions, and needs to allow women to join in this great commission to go and tell.
It is dangerous to follow one man and allow his thoughts and writings become intertwined with the gospel that is preached.