Ignoring Context? @JohnPiper’s Guilty

It’s just too bad that Piper ignores the context here.

Jesus is in the garden, praying, while the disciples are supposed to be watching for soldiers in the night.  Jesus asks them to get up so they don’t go to sleep again.

 

 

The verse is not about morning prayer.

I used to think he was – if nothing else – serious about his study of the Bible.  In fact, Mr. Piper is serious about comporting his own ideas into the Bible.  This is not studying the Bible, it’s using the Bible as a PR tool.

The study of scripture – and the pastor’s duty of disseminating it to the congregation – needs to be done with an open mind.  Piper attacks it with what he believes it already says.  That’s not biblical scholarship.  I’m not sure what to call it right now, but it’s not biblical scholarship.

Besides, “personal valet?”  Does Piper think he’s the only Christian clergyperson who watches Downton Abbey?

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