Piper on the New Reformed Movement

I love reformed theology. It makes sense and has helped me to understand the fullness of scripture. I've chosen reformed churches and hang out with reformed Christians. This post is not about you.

Even so, over the past year, I've found myself more and more disappointed with a few crazy behaviors I have seen among some that call themselves "reformed Christians." Yes I know they are sincere, but it just seems like they are pushing the pendulum to the hilt as they embrace this system of theology. WARNING: Blanket Statement Coming - In a system of faith that focuses on recovering the gospel, it sure seems to me like many of them have checked the gospel at the door for a formula of "how-to" Christianity.

That's not all, because along with the "how to behave" message comes an attitude of spiritual elitism that takes their message a step further to "how you should behave more like me."

This has been rattling around in my head for the past year or so. I've blogged here and there about it. Providentially, I stumbled across this video response on the Desiring God blog. Here, John Piper answers the question: "What cautions do you have for the New Reformed Movement?" His answer sums up what I have been thinking. It's an old video and I'm not sure how I missed it, but I'm glad I found it today.

Desiring God Blog Desiring God Video: Piper Responds


Quietly making noise,
Fletch