John Piper, The Death’s Lawyer

 Willy Bayonet’s response to an awry old prophet

 Renowned pastor and writer John Piper wrote a subtle advocacy in defense of the interests of the vision of the Democratic party of the United States and a strong censure of the candidate for the Republican party and his vision, from his powerful and influential Christian Media Outlet of “Desiring God” and  later translated into Spanish by Coalition for the Gospel to be read by millions of the hispanic world population.

 John Piper’s Article Title:

 “Policies, People, and Paths to Ruin: Considering the Implications of the 2020 Elections”

 The title of the article is conclusive: “Roads to Ruin”.  It could be immediately inferred that it is “roads to ruin” by the possibility that a pro-infanticide and pro-homosexuality candidate will win the presidency of the United States, but no,  it is quite the opposite.  “Roads to ruin” because a pro-life and pro-family candidate has the chance to win again.  Of course, he will not censure the Republican candidate for being pro-life and pro-family, but for three deadly sins: “sinful self-exaltation, boasting and strife” and for practices of which the candidate is accused such as: “sexual immorality (porneia), boastfulness (alazoneia), vulgarity (aischrologia), dissension (saidtasiai)”.

 Piper begins as follows:

 “This article is probably the closest thing to an answer on how I will vote in the next presidential election.”

 Piper is answering a question, not who will I vote for, but how will I vote, what is the difference?

 For whom, is the person, in this case the candidate.  In the beginning, his purpose is not that you decide on one or the other candidate: Trump or Biden.

 How will I vote, not only includes the form of the vote, but also the cognitive processes of the vote, that is, which of the two is closer to my worldview or my philosophy of life, not to say the true truth, the Bible.

 “Probably?”  It is probably an adverb of doubt or insecurity.  It is not related to the above.  Probably what?  Probably not the closest thing to an answer on how I will vote in the next presidential election?

 “Right.  Only God knows what can happen in the next few days.”  Without a doubt that God is omniscient and sovereign as well.  Piper has an internal struggle that is shown from the beginning in the conclusive aspect, inferring that his readers know about his struggles, that is, about Piper’s struggles.

 “Nothing I say here is intended to dictate how others should vote, but rather to point to a perspective that seems to have been neglected.  Yes, this perspective influences my vote.  But you are not necessarily sinning by weighing things differently. “

 Again use the “how” instead of “For whom.”  Piper is not an improvised writer, he is very clear, almost always, his purpose had already been expressed to me in a conversation we had in Minnesota.  If you do not intend to dictate “how others should vote” what is the intention of the article.  He reveals it immediately: “pointing out a perspective that seems to have been neglected.”  Again, our question For what purpose?  Piper says that this perspective does influence the decision of his vote, that is, he will vote and he already knows who he will vote for.

 Piper understands that the issue is one of Christian freedom: “But you’re not necessarily sinning by weighing things differently.”  It is becoming customary for renowned conservative evangelical leaders to confuse the absent-minded by labeling fundamental issues as Christian freedom.  This, without a mistake, is pure relativism.

 “Actually, this is an article that I have been working on for a while, which attempts to explain why I remain puzzled to see that so many Christians consider the sins of sexual immorality (porneia), boasting (alazoneia), vulgarity (aischrologia), dissensions unrepentant  (Suchtasiai) and the like, which are only toxic to our nation, while policies that support baby killing, sex change, limitation of freedom, and socialist overreaching are considered “deadly.”

 Piper reveals that this article is not improvised or the result of an emotional moment: “this is an article that I have worked on for a while.”  Piper is puzzled.  Disconcerted means: “Extremely surprised, stunned or hallucinated by the succession of a certain event that was not expected to happen or by an unusual, surprising and even spectacular situation that disloys the recipient or viewer.”

 Piper is consistent with his theology and his way of thinking that he has subtly disseminated among his followers: “All sins are equal.”  Certainly all sins are equal, but not all sins have the same moral and judicial implications.  Piper knows very well that the Bible contemplates this holy and just demarcation.  When appealing to this forensic aspect that “all sins are equal” is almost always when you want to justify a major crime, this is the rule of terrorists, drug traffickers and prostitutes who silence or try to silence their consciences with evils  or crimes of others pointing to corrupt politicians, white collar crimes and religious hypocrisy.

 Observe how in a “spoiled” way as a resentful child makes the perverse comparison: “sexual immorality (porneia), boasting (alazoneia), vulgarity (aischrologia), dissensions (saidtasiai) and the like, which are only toxic to our nation,  while policies that endorse the murder of babies, sex change, limitation of freedom, and socialist overreach are considered “deadly.”

 That is to say, the great intellectual forgot that there are crimes or behavioral sins and there are crimes or sins that, in addition to being behavioral, are the result of theories, philosophies, laws or a system of thought such as abortion and homosexuality.  The theologian Piper forgot something as elementary as Romans 1:21 and 25 “… they became puffed up in their reasoning, and their foolish heart was darkened … since they exchanged the truth of God for a lie.”  He also forgot that there are sins that are more sins, they are divine judgments: “For this reason God also gave them up to filth, in the lusts of their hearts, so that they dishonored each other their own bodies … For this reason God gave them up  to shameful passions;  for even their women changed the natural use for that which is against nature” (Romans 1: 24,26).

 Piper uses the remedy of “total disqualification” to judge and discriminate;  His followers had already done it and they do it when they defend the heresy of the suicidal Christian: “Think someone who is going to die without sin in their heart … If this roof falls right now, do you think you will go to eternity without sin in the  heart?”  This is how the fatalistic host of the event for his cause 2013 expressed himself, disqualifying all those who teach that murderers will not enter the kingdom of God and this was said by the host following the thought of “total disqualification” to justify a suicide.

 Piper becomes the devil’s advocate and it is not the first time, he had already done it with a suicide bomber like William Cowper who, to defend his suicidal acts, compared it to the abandonment of Jesus by the father on the cross: “… while the policies that  they support the murder of babies, the change of sex, the limitation of freedom, and the socialist overreach are considered “deadly.”  I think Mr. Piper lost his sense of reality.

 Notice what a good “Christian sophist” he is.  “The reason I put those Greek words in parentheses is to remind us that these are sins mentioned in the New Testament.  To be more specific, they are sins that destroy people.  They are not only deadly.  They are mortal forever.  They lead to eternal destruction (2 Thess. 1: 9).  They destroy people (Acts 12: 20-23).  And through people, they destroy nations (Jer. 48: 29–31, 42) ”.  I think your next book should be called “The Christian Sophist by John Piper”.

 I think now you are interested in the doctrine of repentance, you are not interested at all when it comes to defending your close suicides:

 “Forgiveness through Christ is always possible where there is repentance and trust — like that of a child — in Jesus (Mt. 19:14).  But where there is no humble repentance, sins condemn.  The New Testament teaches that “those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:21) and that “those who do such things deserve to die” (Rom. 1:32) “.

 Who could deny this aforementioned truth that repentance is vital for eternal salvation as the Lord says, “if you do not repent, you will all perish equally”.  Piper should have applied this also to the supposed Christian who commits suicide and goes directly to heaven, but God lifts his skirts so that his shame is discovered and in the same way he falls into the hole that he himself dug.  He uses the theme of repentance to defend his abortionist and homosexual candidate (if it is not practical, it is thought and doctrine).

 Satan moves in chaos and confusion.  This is what Mr. Piper is doing in a very cunning but shameless way.  The confusion lies in mixing forensic matters with practical or social matters.  Objective matters with subjective matters.  Evaluate candidates as if they were Christian or not:

 “To which you could argue:” So what?  Rejecting Jesus as Lord also leads to death, but you are willing to vote for a non-Christian, aren’t you? “  I am, assuming there is enough overlap between biblical righteousness and the visible manifestation of your character and convictions. “

 I firmly say that Pastor Piper has only one purpose in mind and it is not to convince those who are inclined towards life and marriage between a man and a woman, but to calm the conscience of those who like him have already decided, for whatever reason, vote for death and aberrations.

 The “Christian sophist”, John Piper, is very fine in his way of arguing or in his rhetoric.  He does not focus his attention on death itself, which is the Democratic current that approves the infanticide of a child in the womb up to nine months, but on “public behaviors that lead to death”, alluding, logically, to the  Republican candidate:

 “My point thus far is to raise the bar for what is externally modeled in leadership, for Christians to come to a halt.  It is no small thing to treat lightly a pattern of public behavior that leads to death ”.

 It is not understood why a pastor who knows very well the transcendence of doctrines and beliefs, which is really the reason why we fight with the gospel and neutralize error with sound doctrine, minimizes them.  Piper is contrasting behavior with policies or philosophies, tipping the balance in favor of the policies or direction of a state or government.  Piper forgot that sinful behaviors that are worthy of condemnation pass, but that institutionalized policies as a system remain and their scope is unpredictable: “In fact, I think it is a serious mistake to think that the deadly influences of a leader come from  only of his policies and not also of his person.  This is true not only because blatant boasting, vulgarity, immorality, and rebellion are incriminating in themselves, but also because they corrupt the nation.  They move away from centers of influence to infect entire cultures.  The last five years clearly witness this infection at almost all levels of society ”.

 A vulgar, immoral and rebellious conduct of a president (assuming it is true) does not determine a sentence, but a law does;  and in the same way a pragmatic interpretation of the Constitution instead of a historical and orthodox interpretation of it.

 The system of injustice and aberration with the decriminalization of abortion and homosexual marriage dates back decades and not five years: “The last five years clearly witness this infection at almost all levels of society”.

 The following statement is ambiguous, but we think we know what Pastor Piper is referring to:

 “This truth is not exclusively Christian:” A little leaven leavens the whole lump “(1 Cor. 5: 6).  “Bad company ruins good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33).  Whether you hang out with that company at home or on social media, it corrupts.  There are sins that “lead people to more and more wickedness” as “her word [spreads] like gangrene” (2 Tim. 2: 16-17).

 Trump will pass and his legacy will remain: Combat of homosexual ideology (Zero rainbow, perverted symbol, in the White House, Zero budget or funds for abortion NGOs, new judges of the Supreme Court of Justice in favor of life, celebrations of prayer  and Bible studies at the White House …)

 “There is a character connection between rulers and subjects.  When the Bible describes a king saying, “He sinned and caused Israel to sin” (1 Kings 14:16), it does not mean that he twisted their arm.  It means that his influence shaped people.  That is the calling of a leader.  Take the initiative to shape the character of your people.  Is that how it works.  For better or worse”.

 As far as we know, President Trump is not an idolater, nor does he sacrifice children to Molech, nor does he incite to rebel against God;  I think he is the opposite.  Jeroboam, sinned and made his people sin in the following way: “but you did evil on all those who have been before you, because you went and made yourself other gods and cast images to anger me, and you cast me after your  backs (1 Kings 14: 9)”.

 Think about it Mr. Piper, whose side are you on?  I believe that those who have made their nation and the world sin, including my nation, the DR, by sending a homosexual ambassador and with a homosexual agenda, are the ones that by inference you are vindicating or defending.

 I certainly believe that the following statement, Pastor Piper, is a very personal appreciation of yours and that sadly you do not have the courage as a responsible leader to call things by their names as the teacher you say you follow, the Lord Jesus Christ, taught you well.  : “Isn’t it puzzling, then, that so many Christians seem confident that they are saving human lives and freedoms by minimizing the destructive effects of the spread of the gangrene of high-profile, overbearing, culture-shaping sin?  This point has a special relevance for Christians ”.

 Tell so many Christians, Mr. Piper, who you mean when you talk about “spreading the gangrene of high-profile, pushy, culture-shaping sin”.  You are talking about your president, Mr. Piper, who by the grace of God has dramatically reversed the diabolical agenda of the New World Order (NWO), and that is why he is so hated by many nations including the UN.

 Piper’s conscience worries him and how the devil does not come as a devil, but disguises himself as an angel of light and so are his messengers, as the Apostle Paul warned us: “And it is not surprising, because even Satan disguises himself as an angel  of light.  Therefore, it is not surprising that their servants also disguise themselves as servants of justice;  whose end will be according to their works (1 Corinthians 11: 14,15)”.  You spiritualize the subject as is your custom:

 “Freedom and life are valuable.  We all want to live and be free to seek happiness.  But if our freedoms, or even our lives, are threatened or taken away, the essence of our identity in Christ, the assurance of our eternal joy with Christ, and the holiness and love by which we have been saved by Christ, none of this  we lose with the loss of life and freedom ”.

 After spiritualizing and sublimating the subject where you give an appearance of piety, like a good “Christian sophist”, you go back and attack, but in a more aggressive way;  Your disciples of the  Christian suicidal have learned very well from you, your sin is great: “Therefore, Christians communicate a falsehood to unbelievers (who are also bewildered!), when we act as if the policies and laws that protect the  Life and freedom were more valuable than being a certain type of person.  The church is paying dearly, and will continue to pay, as we continue to communicate this falsehood year after year”.

 In other words, “the policies and laws that protect life and liberty …” you are comparing them with the person of your President Donald Trump whom you accuse of being rebellious, arrogant and corrupting your nation.  Again, I say that you seem to have lost track of reality.

 “The justifications for ranking the destructive effects of people below the destructive effects of policies ring hollow.  I find it puzzling that Christians can be so sure that bad judges, bad laws, and bad policies will cause greater harm than is causing the spread of the gangrene of sinful self-exaltation, boasting, and strife (eristikos)”.

 Again the question, Mr. Piper What is your purpose?  To establish that the conduct of a president, that is, Donald Trump, is more harmful than the policies of the State, that is, the perverse worldview of the Democrats regarding life, God, sexuality and euthanasia that are shown through  laws and programmatic or relativistic interpretation of the Constitution?

 One of your allies in the doctrine of the Christian suicidal has realized that the ship is sinking and in an ambiguous way out of fear of men, he already responded to you through a Twitter: “One person can do a lot of damage;  but a political platform involves thousands that will influence at multiple levels even more dangerous ” (Doctor Miguel Núñez).

 Listening to or reading the following from an evangelical pastor is extremely embarrassing:

 “How do you know this?  Really!  Where do they get the assurance that judges, laws, and policies are less destructive than boastful contention in high places?”

 In his rhetoric, Piper takes for granted that Donald Trump is more dangerous than the law in favor of abortion (the correct typology for this crime is infanticide) or its decriminalization, the law in favor of homosexual marriage and euthanasia.  This has no other qualification than, diabolical.

 In the next part of Piper’s article he completely neglected himself and the devil took full control of his mind:

 What about abortion?  Where does the evil come from defending the killing of children?  It comes from hearts absorbed in arrogance and boasting (James 4: 1–2).  It comes from hearts insubordinate to God.  In other words, it comes from the very character that so many Christian leaders treat as comparatively innocuous, because they think that Roe, SCOTUS and Planned Parenthood are more fundamental and decisive battlefields. “When a leader models self-absorbed bragging, he models the deadliest behavior in the world.  He leads his nation to destruction. I think Roe is a bad decision.  I think Planned Parenthood is a code name for killing babies and (historically at least) promoting “ethnic cleansing.”  And I think it’s puzzling and presumptuous to assume that pro-abortion policies kill more people than egotistical pride that saturates the culture.  When a leader models self-absorbed bragging, he models the deadliest behavior in the world.  He leads his nation to destruction.  Destruction of more types than we can imagine.  It is naive to think that a man can be effectively pro-life and consistently manifest the character traits that lead to temporal and eternal death.

 Piper’s center of attack is to take President Trump’s pride to a superlative degree and downplay through comparison to abortionists and homosexuals: “When a leader models self-absorbed bragging, he models the deadliest behavior in the world.”

 Piper’s rhetoric is as follows: If the origin of abortion is pride and Donald Trump is extremely proud, he is at the same level of crime or evil, it does not matter that his pride is not yet shown or developed in the sense of his  quantifiable practical effects, than abortionists and homosexuals.

 He accuses Christian leaders of not seeing the significance of the great crime of Donald Trump, as follows: “It comes from the very character that so many Christian leaders treat as comparatively innocuous”.

 For Piper, Donal Trump is almost the devil himself: “When a leader models self-absorbed bragging, he models the deadliest behavior in the world.  He leads his nation to destruction.  Destruction of more types than we can imagine ”.

 I have to answer Piper, from this banana nation that he knows because he has visited us, that Donald Trump has been here for almost four years and the USA has not experienced a single war, quite the opposite of previous presidents;  and that the internal revolts are due to the influence of people like him (Piper) who sow hatred in a subtle way not against Donald Trump, but against what he represents.

 Piper’s soul is sick and not from now on, I fear for his life.  Piper should specify which are the character traits of Donald Trump that make him comparable to a genocide in fact: “It is naive to think that a man can be effectively pro-life and consistently manifest the character traits that lead to temporary and eternal death”.  I think Piper is watching CNN a lot.

 As a good “Christian sophist” Piper must conclude in a very spiritual and sensitive way and what better way than touching the fibers of the soul through Christian martyrdom and addressing the shepherds, of course, after having left their perverse poison:

 A word to the pastors: May I suggest to the pastors that in the quiet of their study they do this?  Imagine that the United States collapses.  First anarchy, then tyranny, from the right or from the left.  Imagine that religious freedom is gone.  What remains for Christians are fines, prison, exile, and martyrdom.  So ask yourself this: Has my preaching been developing true and radical Christians?  Christians who can sing on the gallows: That Word of the Lord, That the world does not want, By the Spirit of God, Very firm remains.  They can deprive us of property, name, home, the body destroy, but the eternal kingdom must always exist of God ”.

 But what hanging can Mr. Piper speak of if the Party to which he has bowed is the enemy of God who for many years has been persecuting Christians in the United States for alleged discrimination.  Does he not know that Christian teachers in America are not free to speak the truth of God.  That they get scared when they talk about Gorge Washington and talk about their religious beliefs? As an Anglo-Saxon teacher in Florida told me, who after giving her social class went home full of fear thinking that one of her students had it.  he would tell his parents and they would be subdued.  It is neither fair nor noble what this “Christian hedonist” does.

 Very disconcerting his harangue, after trying to corrupt the discernment of God’s children, only those who do not have the belt of truth on will follow the debauchery of this old prophet, he returns to his sublimated intentional biblical message:

 “Christians who will act like the believers in Hebrews 10:34: “You accepted with joy the spoil of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better and more lasting possession.”  Christians who will face hatred, injury, and exclusion for the sake of Christ and yet “rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for your reward is great in heaven” (Lk. 6: 22-23).  Have you been cultivating true Christians who see the beauty and worth of the Son of God?  Have you faithfully revealed and announced “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph. 3: 8)? Are you raising up generations of those who say with Paul: “I count everything as loss for the immense value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord”  (Phil. 3: 8)? Has He shown them that they are “pilgrims and exiles” (1 Pet. 2:11), and that their “citizenship is in heaven”, from where they “wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ”  (Phil. 3:20)?  Do you feel in your bones that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21)?  Or have you neglected the greatest of all realities and repeatedly diverted your attention to political strategies?

 Have you inadvertently created the mindset that the biggest problem in life is saving America and its earthly benefits?  Or have you shown your people that the biggest problem is exalting Christ with or without the United States?  Have you shown them that the people who do the greatest good to the greatest number for the longest (including the United States!) Are people who have the scent of another world with another King?

 Mr. Piper descends from heaven into his social reality:

 “Election day.  Where does that leave me when I face civic duty on November 3?  This is my answer.  I don’t need anyone to follow me (as if I could), not my wife, not my friends, not my colleagues.  I will not develop any calculations to determine which path of destruction I will support.  That is not my duty.  My calling is to lead people to see Jesus Christ, trust his forgiveness of sins, treasure him above all else in this world, live in a way that shows his all-satisfying worth, and help them get to heaven with love.  and holiness.  That call is contradicted by supporting any of the paths to cultural corruption and eternal ruin ”.

 John Piper resembles the resentful former White House National Security Advisor John Robert Bolton who claims to be neutral and will not vote for either candidate;  However, his balance is tipped to go to CNN and destroy his former boss’ reputation.  That is not fair, nor noble.

 “You may believe that there are types of support for such paths that do not involve such a contradiction, such a weakening of the authentic Christian witness.  You must act on what you see.  I can’t see it.  That is why I said that my path does not have to be yours ”.

 Disguised as light, he takes the matter to freedom of conscience and after throwing the stone he hides his hand.  Again Mr. Piper what is your purpose or is it a vain article of hypothetical considerations?

 What is your path as the two paths lead to cultural corruption and eternal ruin.  When you say, “my path does not have to be yours” Are you referring to the path of Obama and Hilary Clinton AND Biden?  Because Donald Trump cannot be.  Mr. Piper, whose side are you on?  And now I am not talking about the political side or partisan politics.  You have already revealed which is the ethic that dominates your thoughts, it is the ethics of “Total disqualification”.

 When I consider the remote possibility that I could do something good by supporting the devastation already evident in the two options before me, I am reluctant to undermine my calling (and the mission of the church) to stand up for faith, hope,  and love that exalt Christ.  I will be asked to account for my devotion to this life-giving calling.  The world will ask.  And the Lord of heaven will ask.  And my conscience will ask.  What I’m going say?

 In other words, the two options are the same: “in supporting the devastation that is already evident in the two options before me.”  You cheat yourself, dear Piper, and the dupes are fooled by you.  With your article, you have already condemned the innocent and justified the wicked: “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both are equally an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 17:15).  Ask Hollywood which of the two paths to choose.  Ask the abortionists, the homosexuals the socialists;  Go right now and ask him, you already know the answer.  You will be counted among the wicked.

 “With a joyous smile, I will explain to my incredulous neighbor why my loyalty to Jesus puts me in conflict with death: death from abortion and death from arrogance.  I’ll take you to Psalm 139 and Romans 1. And if you’re willing, I’ll show you how abortion and arrogance can be forgiven by Christ (Eph. 1: 7).  And I will invite you to become an exile, to have a kingdom that will never be shaken, not even when America is a footnote in the archives of the new creation. “

 The end of your article, like the devil himself, is cheeky: “With a cheerful smile” you do not have in your mind the dramatic picture or the crime scene of an abortion or a suicide.  Only on doomsday will you know and I don’t even want to be near you.

 His internal conflict is unfounded: “conflict with death: death by abortion and death by arrogance.”  You, Mr. Piper, are an emancipator of consciences that know very well that killing is a crime and killing a creature in addition to being infanticide in a cosmic uprising against divine design.  You love to invent sound terms with grace of intellectuality: “death by arrogance” how beautiful it was;  but in no legal dictionary you will find it that if you appreciated Piper you will find is death by infanticide of which you are already an accomplice.  God have mercy on you, on those close to you, on the church that you pastor and on your millions of followers around the world;  The veneer that you have of intellectuality does not let anyone see the lethality of your drops of poisons in a glass of milk.

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Willy Bayonet resides in the DR, he has been a reformed christian pastor for more than 30 years, speaker and author. Willy Bayonet is married to his wife Brigida, with several children and grandchildren.  He penned his book in 2018 about Suicide, in Spanish, and still working in the English translation of ‘La Nobleza de Dios: Vivir o Morir’ (The Nobility of God : Living or Dying) or ‘In suicide, against Macarthurion’. Nov 1, 2020


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