I suppose this isn’t news but for those of you who are wiser then me and rarely if ever pay attention to some of the bigger “discernment ministries”, Pastor John Piper has invited Pastor Rick Warren to speak at his annual Desiring God National Conference (source).
“How dare John Piper do such a thing” seems to be the common theme emanating from these folks keyboards……..and some are calling for their followers to separate from Piper to the point of not buying his books or listening to his messages!
That seems a bit harsh don’t you think?
Ok. For those of you who may spend more time on Pluto then you do surfing the net, Rick Warren is persona non grata in the “discernment” world. He’s the “bogeyman” whose ministry has allowed them to coin the term “seeker friendly” as well as make a few coins themselves from their books renouncing Warren and his ideas on personal growth as well as church growth.
For the record I don’t endorse either of these books just in case one of the Pharisees get upset with me. You see, they aren’t going to like this posting very much and we know how some of them like to twist statements and make mountains out of molehills……
So, the “discernment” people are up in arms over Pipers invitation to speak at a conference with the title ““Think: The Life of the Mind & the Love of God” which is right up Warrens alley so to speak. He often gets criticized by the “discernment” folks for demonstrating the love of God…….you know, feeding the hungry and clothing the naked sorta things the “discernment” folks find appalling but happens to be what God commands us to do…..loving your neighbor as yourself stuff.
For the record, Rick Warren treats the Scriptures horribly which is strange because he actually knows the Scriptures like the back of his hand. Listening to a sermon of his is confusing as he can, and often does, take the listener through up to 10 different bible translations to give the appearance that his sermon is biblical. That’s not sound homiletics or hermeneutics my brethren. That right there is a big red flag and would keep me from asking Warren to speak at any conference I would ever host but I’m not John Piper and neither are his many critics.
That’s right. I’m not John Piper and neither are you reading this unless you actually are John Piper. That would be so cool BTW!
Maybe John Piper knows something we don’t but I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts some of these “discernment” folks and their followers never considered that possibility for even a second. Nope. The “lets throw anyone under the bus who chooses to associate with Warren” crowd is in high gear which of course allows them to blast away at their favorite target (Warren) to the delight of their followers and their itching ears……not to mention big stats which enables some of these “discernment ministries” to hit their followers up for money because they’re so “necessary” to the Body of Christ.
While I believe it is probably unwise for Piper to bring in Warren I’m certainly not going to divide with a brother in Christ over this very minor issue. That would be unwise until all the facts are in and we won’t know this until October. Until then I’m going to reserve my judgment of John Piper and I urge one and all to do the same.