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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Proof-Texting Prejudice: John Piper and 'Biblicalism' Lite

This morning, the local conservative theologian John Piper created a cyberspace firestorm when he tweeted a quote upon which he has based a recent blog post. It is by the German theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg, and Piper bizarrely (and unbiblically) relates it to Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

"The church that approves of homosexual relations has by that act ceased to be a true church. Wolfhart Pannenberg"

Piper takes a traditionally selective and apologetic movement through the scriptures to support his claims, starting with Paul's category list of sins in 1 Cor. 6:9-10. Here is Piper's citation of it, including the translation he uses and his italics for emphasis: “Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."