Thursday, March 12, 2009

Why Piper is a Prophet

From his sermon on What is the Recession for

"The book of Job in the Old Testament begins, “There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil” (Job 1:1). But in the last chapter of the book, Job says, “I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6). He was “blameless,” but later he repented. What does that mean?
It means that the most godly people in the world are like a clear glass of water with a sediment of sin hidden at the bottom of the glass. And when the glass is struck—with Job’s suffering, or with our recession—the sediment of sin is stirred up and exposed, and the water becomes cloudy. That’s one of the things that recessions are for. "


Anonymous said...

Or Piper is dead wrong.

For a different take, you might look at this online commentary "Putting God on Trial: The Biblical Book of Job" ( as supplementary or background material for your study of the Book of Job. It is not a sin to question God, to demand answers from God. There is a time and a place for such things. It is written by a Canadian criminal defense lawyer, now a Crown prosecutor, and it explores the legal and moral dynamics of the Book of Job with particular emphasis on the distinction between causal responsibility and moral blameworthiness embedded in Job’s Oath of Innocence. It is highly praised by Job scholars (Clines, Janzen, Habel) and the Review of Biblical Literature, all of whose reviews are on the website. It is also taught in 262 US high schools in 40 states through Chapter 17 in The Bible and Its Influence. The author is an evangelical Christian, denominationally Anglican. He is also the Canadian Director for the Mortimer J. Adler Centre for the Study of the Great Ideas, a Chicago-based think tank.

Joe said...

It is also taught in 262 US high schools in 40 states NOT AN ARGUMENT IN ITS FAVOR
the author is an evangelical Christian, SO IS JOEL OSTEEN denominationally Anglican. NOT A POINT IN FAVOR OF ME ACCEPTING IT.

Thanks for the info, to be honest, I am not going to read it though.