John Piper is Clueless, and Dangerous to Abuse Victims
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
This will probably not be news to many of you. John Piper, well-known pastor and author, answers the following question in this manner:
Does the Bible allow for divorce in the case of adultery?
I don’t think so. I don’t think the Bible allows divorce and remarriage ever while the spouse is living. That’s my radical, crazy, conservative, narrow, hard-nosed, very needed view in our divorce-happy culture. Does the Bible Allow for Divorce In the Case of Adultery?
He also answers a question about abuse in the following Youtube clip – indicating that an abuse victim should endure the abuse. He does say she should come to the church and that the church should discipline the offender, but since his other comments demonstrate his ignorance about abuse, I pity any victim who would go to him for help!
As Barbara Roberts recently commented on this blog, we could go on for a long while listing well-known authors, pastors, and theologians who refuse to acknowledge abuse as biblical grounds for divorce. The thing is epidemic in our churches, especially our conservative, Bible-believing churches.
What are we doing? Why have we exalted men such as this to such a level of prominence that whatever they say, it seems, is God’s Word? Are they prophets? No. Why are we acting as if they are? Their books sell by the thousands. As in the above youtube clip, here are these men who sit in front of large audiences, being asked questions about what God says. Why? Should we not embrace the Apostle Paul’s attitude –
Galatians 2:6 And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)–those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me.
We have gotten ourselves into a really serious mess and I suggest that in large part we have done so because we have elevated mere men to the level of prophet or apostle of God. This is not going to be an easy can of worms to get ourselves out of. Men like Piper and others have so influenced Christians who are zealous about the Word of God (as we should be) that the delusion is far-reaching.
We may have to start over, whatever that entails.
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: