John Piper is the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina.
I would not have paid much attention to this man, if his teachings had not been so incredible anti-Jewish. Lets see what John Piper claims:
Israel has broken covenant with her God and is living today in disobedience and unbelief in his Son and her Messiah. That is why Paul says in Romans 11:28, “As regards the gospel [the good news of the Messiah] they are enemies of God.”
(Used Bible, English Standard version).
Lets take a look at a more “conservative” English translation of the Bible.
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.
(Old King James).
There seems like Satan in playing a trick on men like John Piper, and those who make “liberal” translation of the Bible.
That the Jews are enemies of the gospel for OUR sake, is something very different from them being “enemies of god”. I guess Something good came out of God’s partly hardening of their heart.
What men like Piper is doing is to brand the Jews as some kind of Satanists walking on Earth.
Pipers understanding of the Bible, is similar to the understanding of Adolf Hitler. God has always destroyed His enemies, and Hitler felt he just gave God a helping hand during the Holocaust.
Do not listen to neither Hitler nor Piper.
A smart way of twisting scripture, is to delete half of a verse, to make it fit into a man made doctrine.
Since the Jews are loved by God, for the sake of the forefathers, I feel we should listen to God. Let Him deal with men like Hitler and Piper.
I enjoy your website and totally agree with your assessment of Catholicism , however, as someone who is extremely familiar with Piper, I must say you have woefully misjudged him. He is not anti semitic in anyway and is a very sound minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact he is among the few that can be trusted to guard the treasure and keep the message pure. Please be very careful not to take a few words and construe them into an inaccurate portrayal, especially something as vial as anti semitism…I assure you my brother, this label does NOT belong to John piper!!!
John Piper said: Israel has broken covenant with her God and is living today in disobedience and unbelief in his Son and her Messiah. That is why Paul says in Romans 11:28, “As regards the gospel [the good news of the Messiah] they are enemies of God.”
Then as Ivar pointed out: Romans 11:28 actually says: As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes.
To take a bible verse and twist it into your own meaning, is a dangerous thing. Now I’M NOT JUDGING John Piper, but a general and true observation: Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior warned us that during the end of days men will follow their own hearts and their own doctrines.
2 Timonth 4:3 says: For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.
I think this is why we must always Adhere strictly to what the bible tells us, always use it as a reference, and always pray to Jesus Christ for understanding.
Shalom, and welcome with your comment.
I am blessed by a faithful reader raising objections to this article. But you did not touch the main topic.
Are the Jews, the enemies of God?
If Piper is correct, so is Adolf Hitler. The Nazis were true believers, writing “God with us” on their belts.
1 Thessalonians 2:14-15
For you, brothers, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from the Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men. Holy Bible
I am sorry that the “Jews killed” your “Jesus”. Since He must be dead, you better pack up and go home, and find something better to do. There must be someone else you can follow?
Two verses of Paul, is used to taint millions of people.
You who use the Bible to spread Jew-hate, are criminals, brood of vipers. You twist the message of love.
2 Corinthians 4:4
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
If I say, “The American’s are the enemies of God”, is it true? What about “The Indians killed Mahatma Gandhi?”.
Jesus gave up His life for free, just to take it back. No one “killed” Him. There is no dead body. He is alive, and He love the Jewish people. This is the truth.
Gloria Israel has broken covenant (many times) and lives in disobedience……did we benefit? Yes….should one make the quantum leap and put Piper in a category with Hitler? Of course not! In fact this is so irrational it will hurt Ivars credibility.
Ivar, as a whole Jews are who have not accepted Jesus as Messiah are enemies of God as are Gentiles who reject Jesus. God will still come back and deal with Israel once again and SOME (not all) will be saved…once again you must be far more careful about comparing someone to Hitler, especially someone of Pipers credibility! This will only come back to hurt your reputation.
This will only come back to hurt your reputation.
I do not have any righteousness of my own, no reputation to defend. And neither do Piper. Either He will teach correctly of who Jesus is, or He will not.
It is true that there are “Jews” who are among the enemies of God. And surely you will find them among the “Americans”.
Gloria Israel has broken covenant (many times) and lives in disobedience….
There are three kinds of Israel. Who do you “Israelite”? The man Israel, the people of Israel, or the statehood of Israel?
1. The man Israel is surely loved by God, even though He was a sinner, and did many mistakes
2. The People of Israel are surely loved by God, even though many of them live in the sin, of not knowing who are their Rock and protector. He is God the Son, Jesus the Messiah.
3. The state of Israel, is a secular state. Just like all other states on Earth, besides Islamic Kingdoms and republics. So if the state of Israel is an enemy of God, so are all other nations.
Stop throwing stones from your glass house.
Dear Gloria and Racklyn
Gloria Israel has broken covenant (many times) and lives in disobedience….
The state of Israel can not be living in disobedience. That is a statement of contradiction. A state is made up of millions of people.
Since God of the Bible has gathered His people home to Zion, God must be living in “disobedience” to all kind of man made rules, United Nations, and what so ever.
Because human logic and all religions, can not accept that the Word of God is the truth. Jews who have returned to Zion, have been lead by the Holy Spirit home to Israel. They have obeyed their calling, and are again caretakers of the promised land. The land is theirs. God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit gifted the land to them, as an EVERLASTING procession.
The Messiah Jesus will return and save them, and throw their enemies in the the everlasting fire. Goyim’s like me have been saved by God of Israel, and His servant Son, Jesus of Nazareth. I will stand with Israel to my last breath on Earth.
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The original topic was how Piper managed to twist Romans 11:28 into his own meaning. Surely, you can see the wrongness of that.
Gloria the topic linked to piper to Hitler….I see the wrongness in that!
Ivar, Surely you know the difference between righteousness and credibility….you must take linking someone to Hitler more seriously than you do.
Yes , we have plenty of enemies of God in America, I am not going to defend this country…I think you should retract your statement about Piper and be more cautious in the future.
I disagree with you Jaclyn.
Piper said: Israel has broken covenant with her God and is living today in disobedience and unbelief in his Son and her Messiah. That is why Paul says in Romans 11:28, “As regards the gospel [the good news of the Messiah] they are enemies of God.”
To give your own meaning to a bible verse is completely wrong. Anyone who does this, must apologize to Christ for only Christ’s words are just and true.
Dear Jaclyn and Gloria.
The hatred people have for Israel is based on spiritual blindness. Many claimed to be Christians do not understand that Jesus loves Israel. And His love is not dependent on them knowing that He is the Messiah, or that He loves them.
The Bible says the Messiah promised to love them with an EVERLASTING love. And this promise was given by Jesus before He took flesh, and walked on Earth among us.
In general, we can say that Jews can not, and should not, believe in a Messiah who has followers that harms the Jewish people. And Christians should not believe in a Messiah, that have big or small popes, who permits their followers to defame, harm, persecute or kill Jews.
The Messiah Jesus IS the King of the Jews. Not “will one day be” the King of the Jews. His appointment as King is not conditional of the majority of the Jews, accepting his Kingship or not. They are His subjects, either they accept it or not. Only He can save them. Only He holds life and death in His hands.
The restoration of Israel IS the work of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. By returning home, the Jews OBEY their King. Knowingly, or unknowingly, freely or under pressure, lead by the Holy Spirit. The Word of God is being fulfilled, an understandable fact for all who are willing to READ.
Those who try to destroy what the tribune God has done, and is doing, side with His enemies.
Are all Jews saved and righteous? Absolutely not. But God is righteous, and He can be trusted. His plan for the Jewish people will be accomplished, regardless of public opinions.
The restoration of Israel IS the work of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Its interesting that these discussions always bring the antisemites out of the woodwork. This disproves the concept that those who support replacement theology are not antisemitic. Gen. 12:3 on all of them.