John Pipers Errors

John Pipers Errors

John Pipers Errors
By David Cox

In this post John Pipers Errors we introduce some thoughts on why John Piper is not worth following in his theology and thoughts. We should begin with his Calvinism, but as a man of God, Piper falls down on many fronts.

Calvinism – Reformed Doctrine

John Piper is the darling of the Reformed Doctrine gang. We have many posts here against Calvinism so I will leave you to study the category Calvinism in the sidebar to see more of why this position is just unbiblical.


One of the things that is curious is how Calvinists use their own label as being equivalent to “orthodoxy” or being right despite their own admissions that many Calvinists are extremists. In the case of John Piper we would note his shift into a typical neo-evangelical stance.

Endorsements and Bad Company

But in 2006, there was an uproar within the Christian community after John Piper extended an invitation to a young, filthy mouthed, unabashed preacher from Washington state, Mark Driscoll, to be one of the speakers at his Desiring God National Conference. And it didn’t stop there. Though Piper was questioned and criticized (and by some, too harshly and unbiblically), he stood by his young protégé and extended two more invitations to speak at their national conference (2008 and 2009), though Driscoll proved to continue to get carried away by strange and unbiblical behavior like having pornographic divinations about other people’s lives, and speaking harshly, including name calling to rebuke those within his church.

Unfortunately, Piper’s lack of obedience to God’s word in 1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.'” continued to perpetuate his decline in discernment as he extended an invitation to Rick Warren (2010) and Louie Giglio (2011) to be speakers at his Desiring God National Conferences as well. Then at Passion 2012, Pastor John Piper condoned and participated in Louie Giglio’s practice of a meditative, mystical type exercise that closely mirrors the heretical “Lectio Divina” where Catholic priests believe that God directly speaks extra-biblical messages to those who engage in this mind-emptying practice (click link to listen to Todd Friel’s “Wretched” radio program on this topic).

I share all this to show you how much Piper and his ministry “Desiring God” has, in some ways (not all), been led away from sola scriptura (Scripture alone), so that you might be more discerning about following their ministry (writings, sermons, etc.). (

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