Great John Piper sermon

16 08 2006

Following John Piper’s return from sabbatical two weeks ago (080606) he preached this message on Luke 18.

Piper passionately takes aim at the increasingly popular trend in evangelicalism to abandon the necessity of the righteousness of Christ. He concludes that if you abandon Christ’s righteousness and truly believe this theology then you are going to hell. I highly recommend that you listen.

This is a passionate and biblical sermon from a guy who loves Jesus and his cross work. It sounds like Piper has been holding his breath for 10 weeks only to exhale during the sermon.

A couple of great sound bytes:

“You must read the gospels backwards”

“Every command of Jesus has blood all over it”

“That ought to scare the hell out of you…literally!”






4 responses

16 08 2006
Cultural Savage

Im still having a hard time with Pippers treatment of this passage. It just seems too far a stretch from the ideas that the whole chapter (and section in Luke) is talking about.

16 08 2006
Travis Carden

That _was_ a great sermon, Erik–thank you. I never observed that about the Pharisee. That’ll definitely go in my bag of tools!

18 08 2006

Cultural Savage-

I apologize, for some reason your comment got kidnapped and put in the spam bag.

I had debated whether or not to write anything about Piper’s statements about the claims of the Pharisee. Specifically his view that the Pharisee was wholly trusting in the work of God in him. I have listened to this twice now and still remain unconvinced that this is the whole problem. For the text seems to indicate the whole point is that he indeed “trusted in himself” that he was “righteous”. It does seem that the Pharisee has some religious fingerprints on his claim to righteousness, whether it is divinely wrought or not. Perhaps if he would have qualified things and spoken in terms of common grace things may have been more clear…I don’t know. So I’m not exactly where Piper is…but I’ll tell you what, he is dead on in terms of his statements concerning the regrettble movement to disregard the righteousness of Jesus Christ as the sole basis for justification. In this case the text and conclusions are applicable, I believe.

Thanks for your comment…sorry about the spam filter kidnapping your comment 8-D


21 08 2006
Cultural Savage

I agree that Pippr ends up in a place that is spot on, but my concern is that in the treatment of the text he is modeling righteousness that is separate from justification. My understanding of righteousness is right standing before God, and the only way to have that is to be justified before Him. So, righteousness must rest on justification, and not be something that can be gained with out being justified through faith in Jesus.

Luke’s telling of the story centers first on the fact that the Pharisee was “righteous in His own eyes”… not having right standing in God’s eyes. Piper rightly points out that justification (being right in Gods eyes, if you will) is only by Jesus, but does notaddress that only someone who is justified can have righteousness.

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