“I do not question the motives of Mike Huckabee (in calling to eat at Chick – Fil – A in protest over actions against Chick-Fil-A for their words opposing Sodomy) or those thousands joining him, but what about the wider effects? How is the Kingdom of God served by this? Is Jesus represented well to the gay community and the politicians pandering to them? Marching on Chick-fil-A tomorrow like an army will produce nothing more than defined battle lines, and the result will be greater contention and fewer softened hearts. On both sides.”
World Blog Magazine
How is the Kingdom of God served by this? Uh, maybe the Kingdom of God is served by not acquiescing to being shoved into the closet when Christian truths are uttered that pagans don’t like. Please keep in mind that the reason Chick-Fil-A is being targeted as a business is because they give millions of dollars to pro-family organizations. If Chick-Fil-A is allowed a very public voice against sodomy then it might be the case that other businesses might find the courage to stand up against the plague of sodomy that covers our land. An army descending on Chick-Fil-A in order to show support for both freedom of speech as well as support for Chick-Fil-A in its opposition to sodomy serves the cause of the Kingdom of God.
And as to Piper’s concern about the wider effects. The wider effect is to make clear that Christians oppose sin and sinners and that we won’t go silently into the night despite the agenda of LGBT. Does this idiot Piper really think that people get saved because Christian’s surrender their convictions and retreat before evil?
Oh horror of horror that the consequence would be defined battle lines, or that more contention would result. Doesn’t Piper realize that the LGBT agenda is in control of our schools, our courts, our political parties, and our families? After 50 years of losing our children to the sodomite community and fighting back with the sentimental pietistic nonsense that Piper puts on display isn’t it about time that we start acting like these people are the enemies of Christ and of Christianity? I want more contention. God grant contention in root, branch, and twig with these people. Maybe if the LGBT types clearly see that our love for them is expressed best by opposing their Christ hating agenda they will see that Christ is opposed to them lest they repent. Christ is not wringing His hands in heaven hoping against hope that they will repent. Christ is in full battle garb commanding them to repent or die.
Elsewhere in the same piece Piper says,
Homosexuality is one of the most defining, contentious, and complex issues facing this generation of the church. We cannot sacrifice our biblical convictions but neither can we sacrifice the church’s ability to serve people of opposing viewpoints and lifestyles. The 452,000 people supporting Chick-fil-A are delivering more than one message, and the message the homosexual community and its supporters see is “us versus you.” The event also sends a message of separatism and territorialism in the “reclaiming” of those restaurants that are being boycotted, a collective action easily seen as a shaking of the fist or a wagging of the finger.
Do antichrists desire to be served by Christians? Oh, sure, when they are dying from the eventual flaming out of their lives because of their pursuit of sodomy, we must be there to give them the Gospel on their death beds but the best way the Church can serve the sodomite who is gnashing his teeth at God is by opposing their belief system and those zealots who embrace it from stem to stern.
Also, Piper seems to have lost the century long Reformed staple of the “antithesis.” Of course it is “us against them.” The same “us against them” you find in the blessing of Psalm 1 when we refuse to walk, stand, or sit with the wicked. What Bible is Piper reading? To be sure, we must be as charitable as we can be towards sodomites but part of charity is denouncing their belief system and lifestyle.
And Piper complains against “separatism?” Somebody better remind Piper of the necessity to not be conformed to the world per Romans 12. Was St. Paul being a separatist when he said, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Eph. 5:11)
Piper’s implicit course of action is a denunciation of every Christian in Church History from Charles Martel being territorial at the Battle of Tours, to John Knox calling for separatism from Queen Mary’s belief system.
And again he writes,
”So I stand with Dan Cathy in his biblical affirmation of family but I cannot stand with those making a movement out of his beliefs.”
World Magazine Blog
Does that sound anything like this?
So I stand with Jesus Christ in his biblical affirmation of family but I cannot stand with those making a movement out of his beliefs.
Piper’s whole piece is stupidity standing on its head shouting “Look at me.” To follow his counsel is to embrace the self destruction of the Christian faith.
8 thoughts on “Piper’s Chicken”
Excellent piece Pastor McAtee.
Why though is the “pietistic” retreat approach is so mainstream? It’s embarrassing, and odoriferously effeminate.
Why can’t the likes of Piper see that the soft, winsome way is ineffective and derided by the opponent?
Why is it so mainstream?
Because with this approach you can both be Christian and a coward at the same time and still feel good about your Christianity.
Wonderful. Would that we would have a more warlike Christianity in our churches today, and in our own hearts.
Well stated. Thanks for the post and encouraging words.
Come, be our preacher, Pastor McAtee, we’ll teach you Afrikaans!
Prof. Kruger of Reformed Theological Seminary had a similar response to Piper’s nonsense:
I read that. It was good.