Kids can be challenging. Yet, we love them. We’re concerned for them, and we do the best we can for them. We don’t always like the decisions they make. And so, as a parent who dealt with a challenging teenager, I’m sympathetic to John Piper and what he must be experiencing with his son, Abraham. With our son being as defiantly independent as he was, about the only comfort I took was the hope that in the end, the natural occurring consequences of our son’s choices would bring about enough difficulty in his life for him to decide that just maybe it would be better to make other decisions. I’ve always thought that experience was a very good teacher.
However, in John Piper’s worldview with respect to his son Abraham, there’s nothing that could be hoped for. God has already chosen the path for Abraham. And that path appears completely devoid of God. John Piper is a ‘hard-determinist’ wherein God initiates and controls everything including the final outcome of any event or action. Nevertheless, I have no doubt that John Piper loves and cares deeply about his son. I have no doubt that John Piper wants only the best for his son. But John Piper, believing in God’s absolute determinism and God’s decreeing of all things which are to come realizes that there’s nothing that can be done to alter the course of his son’s life. This is most certainly one of the bitter fruits of Calvinistic theology – some people are blessed and given eternal life, and some people are screwed and cast off into the pit of hell. It wouldn’t surprise me for Abraham, having grown up with his father’s extreme Calvinistic teachings to ask himself, “What kind of God is this?”
The Calvinistic theology of John Piper believes God has decreed everything that comes to pass.
The Calvinistic theology of John Piper believes God has determined who goes to hell (reprobate) or heaven (elect) before the world began.
The Calvinistic theology of John Piper breeds fatalism.
The Calvinistic theology of John Piper misinterprets biblical words and concepts like election, predestination, sovereignty only to make it fit into the TULIP.
The Calvinistic theology of John Piper believes God is acting out the good and the evil within any situation.
The Calvinistic theology of John Piper teaches that God’s saving grace is restricted to a very small percentage of people.
The Calvinistic theology of John Piper deviates many scriptural verses in its contextual application.
The Calvinistic theology of John Piper seeks to focus on God’s sovereignty such that it makes God into a monster.