John Piper on the prosperity gospel.

Jim West has posted up an interesting video clip of John Piper speaking out against the prosperity gospel. I’m no fan of the prosperity gospel. I’m not a fan of the name it, claim it brigade. But the final quote from Piper in this clip, is just plain wrong.

God is most glorified in you, when you are most satisfied in him in the midst of loss.

God is not glorified in us because of our circumstances. He is not glorified in us whether we have little or much. He is not glorified in us whether we suffer much or little. The only circumstances of life where we glorify God is when we say Lord, I need you. Lord, I need your forgiveness. Lord, I need your help. Lord, I thank you for all you have done. God is most glorified in us, whenever we give God the glory within all of our circumstances of life. It doesn’t matter whether those circumstances are experiences of plenty or little, whether they be times of ease or hardship. And whether they be times of good or poor health. For we know it is God who works through, over, and within all things for those who love him. And therefore, no matter what circumstances of life we face, if we are walking humbly with our God, he is always glorified in us.

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6 Responses to John Piper on the prosperity gospel.

  1. Jason says:

    I think that Piper might be overshooting a bit with the last line. I remember listening to the lecture/talk from which this audio was taken and it’s quite long (around 50+ minutes) and some editing was done, but I don’t remember if the last statement was changed or not. Still, the thrust of the clip is right on.

    • Craig Benno says:

      I totally agree with you Jason. I hate the so called prosperity gospel, which isn’t a gospel at all. My problems with Piper’s statement though is what are we to make out about those who don’t suffer and yet walk humbly with God. Is he any less glorified through them?

  2. Jason says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Piper believes and/or teaches that loss puts us in a prime position in which God can be most glorified. However, with you, God is certainly glorified most when we are obedient.

  3. Do you love God so much that even in the midst of a loss God is more important and you are still satisfied with Him?

    Could that be what he’s saying. Sounds like Packer in Knowing God. It’s not a comparison of who glorifies God the most or we can only really glorify God through suffering. It’s–are we mature and sanctified enough (which is mostly God’s doing) that God is more important than anything we have and may lose?

    Maybe I have that totally wrong.
    Jeff

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