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John Piper: 20 Reasons I Don’t Take Shots At Fundamentalists!

Posted by Scott on June 3, 2008

1. They are humble and respectful and courteous and even funny (the ones I’ve met).

2. They believe in truth.

3. They believe that truth really matters.

4. They believe that the Bible is true, all of it.

5. They know that the Bible calls for some kind of separation from the world.

6. They have backbone and are not prone to compromise principle.

7. They put obedience to Jesus above the approval of man (even though they fall short, like others).

8. They believe in hell and are loving enough to warn people about it.

9. They believe in heaven and sing about how good it will be to go there.

10. Their “social action” is helping the person next door (like Jesus), which doesn’t usually get written up in the newspaper.

11. They tend to raise law-abiding, chaste children, in spite of the fact that Barna says evangelical kids in general don’t have any better track record than non-Christians.

12. They resist trendiness.

13. They don’t think too much is gained by sounding hip.

14. They may not be hip, but they don’t go so far as to drive buggies or insist on typewriters.

15. They still sing hymns.

16. They are not breathless about being accepted in the scholarly guild.

17. They give some contemporary plausibility to New Testament claim that the church is the “pillar and bulwark of the truth.”

18. They are good for the rest of evangelicals because of all this.

19. My dad was one.

20. Everybody to my left thinks I am one. And there are a lot of people to my left.

By John Piper

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2 Responses to “John Piper: 20 Reasons I Don’t Take Shots At Fundamentalists!”

  1. I do not particularly see myself as a fundamentalist….but strangely enough – through God and events in life I have found myself actually attending an independant fundamentalist church. My son started liking the pastor’s daughter and I struck up a very close quick friendship with him. I still don’t see myself as a die hard fundie but I love my friend in the Lord and I love his family and the church there. I can also state with great certainty that John Piper does know what a fundamentalist is and each thing listed is why I like them

  2. Dan Morehead said

    I thought his list was alright, but most of the points are potential reason why one might be concerned about fundamentalism. At least Piper was working hard to be positive…

    I THINK PIPER IS RIGHT ON THE BUTTON. I DID NOT DISAGREE WITH ONE POINT. I THOUGHT IS WAS STRONGLY POSITIVE. I HAVE NO ISSUES WITH HIS THEOLOGY OR FUNDAMENTAL POINTS WHAT SO EVER. I AM SURE SOME CAN TRY TO COUNTER, BUT BIBLICAL TRUTH ALWAYS PREVAILS. I WAS JUST GLAD SOMEONE FINALLY WAS WILLING TO SAY IT.

    IN CHRIST,
    SCOTT

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