John Piper

John Piper: 'Game of Thrones' Fans 'Recrucifying Christ'

John Piper, a pastor and author who says tornadoes are sent by God to punish sin, and who denounced the “Boston Strong” motto adopted after the marathon bombing as “evil” because it was “God-neglecting, God-ignoring, God-minimizing, human-exalting, city-exalting, nation-exalting,” has now decreed  that Christians who watch the popular cable TV show “Game of Thrones” are “recrucifying Christ.”

Piper, of course, isn’t worried about the sometimes gruesome violence in the movie, but about nudity, which he says is never necessary for good art.

Piper’s decree came in response to questions he received in an episode of “Ask Pastor John” about pornography, nudity in films, and whether Christians should watch Game of Thrones.

The closer I get to death and meeting Jesus personally face to face, and giving an account for my life and for the careless words that I have spoken (Matthew 12:36), the more sure I am of my resolve never intentionally to look at a television show or a movie or a website or a magazine where I know I will see photos or films of nudity. Never. That is my resolve. And the closer I get to death, the better I feel about that, and the more committed I become.

Frankly, I want to invite all Christians to join me in this pursuit of greater purity of heart and mind. In our day, when entertainment media is virtually the lingua franca [common language] of the world, this is an invitation to be an alien. And I believe with all my heart that what the world needs is radically bold, sacrificially loving, God-besotted, “freaks” and aliens. In other words, I am inviting you to say no to the world for the sake of the world.

The world does not need more cool, hip, culturally savvy, irrelevant copies of itself. That is a hoax that has duped thousands of young Christians. They think they have to be hip, cool, savvy, culturally aware, watching everything in order not to be freakish. And that is undoing them morally and undoing their witness.

Piper encourages Christians who are considering watching anything that might present them with nudity to ask themselves 12 questions, the first of which is, “Am I Recrucifying Christ?”

Right Wing Leftovers - 8/20/13

  • Because Glenn Beck is convinced that all of human history operates in repeating cycles, he is now equating what is happening in the US and the Middle East to the fall of the Roman Empire.
  • Apparently Herman Cain's "CainTV" is still (barely) operating.
  • The Obama family got a new puppy and The Daily Caller felt it was important to point out that "the Obamas do not have any white dogs."
  • Why does CBN's David Brody insist on including his own twitter handle in his tweets?
  • John Piper does not approve of the phrase "Boston Strong" because it is "God-neglecting, God-ignoring, God-minimizing, human-exalting, city-exalting, nation-exalting, it’s evil."
  • Finally, we were a little surprised to see Sen. Rand Paul in Janet Porter's forthcoming "Criminalization of Christianity" documentary:

Pastor Claims 'God Gave the Command' for the Tornadoes

In 2009, pastor and author John Piper said that God sent a tornado to Minneapolis, Minnesota to warn the country’s major Lutheran denomination not to approve the ordination of openly gay pastors at their convention. Now, Piper is telling the victims of the recent tornado storms in the South and Midwest that “God gave the command” for the tornadoes that left at least thirty-nine people dead. Piper said he disagreed with televangelist Pat Robertson, who said that the tornadoes resulted from a lack of prayer rather than being God’s doing, and maintained that God sent the tornadoes because of the sins of the region:

God's "fierce fingers" are all over the deadly storms that ripped through the Midwest and South over the past weekend, popular preacher and author John Piper said.



"We do not ascribe such independent power to Mother Nature or to the devil," he penned on his ministry's blog. "God alone has the last say in where and how the wind blows."

"If a tornado twists at 175 miles an hour and stays on the ground like a massive lawnmower for 50 miles, God gave the command," he shared, in direct opposition to Robertson, the host of "The 700 Club" who said on Monday that God that was not to be blamed for "doing something foolish" and that He did not send tornadoes to hurt people.



"This is a word to those of us who sit safely in Minneapolis or Hollywood and survey the desolation of Maryville and Henryville. 'Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish' (Luke 13:4-5)."

Every deadly wind in any town is a divine warning to every town, he emphasized.

The warning especially rings true to God's own people.

Quoting the Scriptures, Piper shared, "It is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?" The disastrous storms were calling "every person of every religion or non-religion" to turn from sin and come to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and eternal life.

"Jesus rules the wind," the Bethlehem Baptist Church preacher affirmed. "The tornadoes were his."
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