John Piper: we are doing what you want Christians to do!
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.
[July 15, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
….Theology and church and mission are marked by an overarching godly male leadership in the spirit of Christ with an ethos of tender-hearted strength, contrite courage, risk-taking decisiveness, and readiness to sacrifice for the sake of leading and protecting and providing for the community. All of which is possible only through the death and resurrection of Jesus.”
“It’s the feel of a great, majestic God who is by His redeeming work in Christ inclining men to humble Christ-exalting initiatives and inclining women to come alongside those men with joyful support, intelligent helpfulness, and fruitful partnership in the work.”
These are the words of John Piper. He spoke them at the 2012 pastors conference hosted by the Desiring God ministry. (See the Christian Post report here.)
In his speech, Piper said God’s intention for Christianity is for it to have a “masculine feel”. But I’m not going to tackle his assertion about “masculine feel” here. I’m going to take him at face value and call him to follow through on what he professes to believe.
Mr Piper, I’d like to offer you a chance to do what you proclaim. Why not join us in calling on the church to wake up and deliver justice to victims of domestic abuse?
At this blog we are doing exactly what you described as good Christianity. We have godly male leadership being taken by Ps Jeff Crippen, in the spirit of Christ with an ethos of tender-hearted strength, contrite courage, risk-taking decisiveness, and readiness to sacrifice for the sake of leading and protecting and providing for the community. The great, majestic God is by His redeeming work in Christ inclining men like Jeff to humble Christ-exalting initiatives, and inclining women like myself to come alongside those men with joyful support, intelligent helpfulness, and fruitful partnership in the work.
So John Piper, why don’t you join us?
Is your “masculine Christianity” really what you say it is? Is it really protecting and providing for the community — the community of domestic abuse victims who are being mistreated by their churches and have often had to leave churches that side with abusers. There is a vast community of such survivors: we are only seeing the tip of this iceberg on this blog. They are out there, silenced, isolated, humiliated, shunned, maligned, ashamed, bewildered, and hurting. This is a giant opportunity to practice what you preach, Mr Piper. Please come on board!
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