Definition of False Teacher: One
who presumes to teach in the Name of the Lord when God has not sent
John Piper - Piping
a Most Hideous Melody
Paul replies to a man that gave him John Piper's site:
It was an eventful and fruitful visit we had a few weeks ago (for
which I was thankful), regarding not only the condition of Klamath
Lake, but even more so the condition of the human soul. Have you had
a chance yet to look at our site, www.thepathoftruth.com?
I will now give you something specific to read there, after having
had a chance to look over the site you sent me, www.desiringgod.org.
What did I find? A desert, a nuclear waste desert. I see the kind
of death and destruction that only man can perform. I know this seems
like hyperbole to you, exaggerating something you do not even believe
to be true in the first place. You have found inspiration at John’s
site, a little oasis perhaps. I do know, however, that truth can be
found everywhere in men’s churches and religious works, and that
it is the subtle and hidden error lacing the truth in those things
that kills, as when Satan tempted Eve with lies couched in godly terms.
One of the biggest and worst lies ever told in manmade Christianity,
one that John Piper subscribes to and teaches, is that there is a place
of interminable torment and punishment for sinners. Men think to find
this doctrine in the Bible, but while it is something the carnal man
would wish on others, it is surely not something God has ever said
or that ever entered into His mind. He made creation as an act of His
love. He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for
it. We are His, bought and paid for by His blood.
Would you make something
in your own image, let us say conceive a son, knowing and purposing
in advance that you would be consigning a sentient being, your very
own flesh and blood, to torment that will never cease? What did Jesus
say on the cross? “Father, burn them all in hell forever”?
Or did He say, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they
do”? Do you think His prayer was heard and honored? Jesus said
that the Father always hears Him because He does that which pleases
If you, a sinner, would not send your own child, your “creation” (it
is all truly God’s, Who alone gives life) to burn in hell forever,
how much less would God, Who is holy and all-powerful, by Whose power
alone we are drawn to Christ, and turned away from our sins and destructive
ways? If He could do this for me, and He has, through no virtue or
capability whatsoever on my part, then what will stop Him from doing
this for you, or for anyone else?
The Scriptures say that it is God's
will that none should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Who will then stop Him from accomplishing His will? Men, or devils
from hell? I do not think so:
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels
nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans
“But each man in his own order....”
Piper is confused about the meaning of words, thinking that “everlasting,” for
example, means “time without end.” Read the following explanation
of how this is in error from Gary Amirault (a man, by the way, that
we disagree with about his teaching of “universalism,” though
these definitions, as defined by Scripture, are solid): The
True, Scriptural Meanings of “Forever” and “Hell”
Larry, read The Good News.
Do not dismiss what we show you in the Word of God because of the perverse
teachings of men. There is much to
be gained in believing God, according to His revelation and the true knowledge
of Him. John the apostle warned about taking away from, or adding
the prophecies of God, which He has recorded for our benefit.
Know that God is just. Know also that no person can approach to Him,
except He does it. Salvation is His work. Jesus Christ is Lord and
of all men. That is the gospel He has given us to preach. The
Word is not that He is coming to rule, but it is that He presently
over everything, perfect in power, love, judgment, mercy, and
wisdom. Blessed be His Name!
Paul also wrote to John Piper, sharing the letter above, and saying
John, you are not preaching the Good News, the glorious Gospel of
the Lord Jesus Christ. You are preaching your own form of religious
works and self-righteousness, and are calling it the Gospel of Christ.
Why does it offend you to hear that Christ will reconcile all to Himself?
Because what you presume to have as salvation is something you have
accomplished in your own understanding and by your own power.
of Christ testifies against your work. You are following a false
Jesus of your own making and are found to be at enmity with the True.
need to repent. God wills that you repent. As surely as the light
comes in the morning, the time will also come when you will see Him,
will grieve for His sake:
"Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see
Him, and those who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will
wail because of Him. Even so, Amen!" (Revelation 1:7 EMTV)