New Book: Evangelical Elites Like John Piper Betray Protestantism as Well as Politics
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Nov. 3, 2020
DUBLIN, Ireland, Nov. 3, 2020 /Christian Newswire
/ -- John Piper, founder of Desiring God Ministries in Minneapolis, MN, recently declared that he would not be voting for Trump. He penned an article that explained his reasoning by virtue of character flaws rather than the candidate's political policies on abortion and socialism.
"Evangelical" elites are making a thinly disguised attempt to escort mainstream Christianity back to the abyss it was once in, where priests cowered in monasteries as princes terrorized peasants. Piper himself appears to pre-empt where his political philosophy might take America when he writes: "imagine that America collapses...anarchy...tyranny...imagine that religious freedom is gone."
Historians have long observed that the Reformation was as much a political movement as a spiritual one. The forefathers of America's pilgrims challenged the relationship between Pope and Emperor, bishop and prince, church and "state." Protestantism birthed a conviction that salvation gives not just a mandate but a responsibility for individual political action. Luther's 95 Theses were not just a creed but a political manifesto, in which he decried the top-down policy of indulgences – raising money to fund a Basilica in Rome – as a mangling of true Christianity and an oppression of the poor for political ends.
The real cause for Piper's broadside against Donald Trump reaches back to his self-centered doctrine of "Christian hedonism" – which a new book argues is a rejection of historic Protestantism The Hedonism and Homosexuality of John Piper and Sam Allberry
[Dublin, Ireland: Burke Publishing].
The Reformation was so controversial, so pervasive, and so pivotal to change in Early Modern Europe because it proclaimed the ordinary man responsible for the political world in which he found himself. It was the antidote to the selfish and disinterested theology which seeks only the "world to come." From 1521 on, Europe's converts prayed "Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven" and the seeds of liberal democracy were sown.
Ultimately, those who advocate that there is some major confusion as to how a Christian should vote this November are more than just irresponsible. Faced with the task of playing a part in stable government, preserving religious liberty, and halting a rampant Marxism, they chose a self-indulgent self-righteousness. They would be the first to condemn Luther, the audacious rebel who was the "Protest-ant" candidate of November 1517.
Hedonism and Homosexuality is available on Amazon US and Amazon UK.
SOURCE Burke Publishing
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