John Piper: “How Barack Obama Will Make Christ a Minister of Condemnation”

John Piper has just responded to Barack Obama’s decision to invite Gene Robinson to pray at his inauguration, and it is hard-hitting material. The title says it all: “How Barack Obama Will Make Christ a Minister of Condemnation.” Piper concludes:

“The gospel, with its forgiveness and deliverance from homosexual practice, offers salvation. Gene Robinson, with his blessing and approval of homosexual practice, offers damnation. And he does it in the name of Christ.

“It is as though Obama sought out a church which blessed stealing and adultery, and then chose its most well-known thief and adulterer, and asked him to pray.

“One more time: The issue here is not that presidents may need to tolerate things they don’t approve of. The issue is this: In linking the Christian ministry to the approval of homosexual activity, Christ is made a minister of condemnation.”

12 Responses to John Piper: “How Barack Obama Will Make Christ a Minister of Condemnation”

  1. Ted January 17, 2009 at 5:51 pm #

    Robinson says he won’t pray a Christian prayer, as past Christian prayers at inaugurations “horrified” him, yet he gladly stands as a representative of Christian tradition.

    Piper is right

  2. jigawatt January 17, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    I predict all of the forthcoming comments on this post will be in agreement with Piper.

  3. Pat January 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm #

    I bet Rick Warren feels foolish now.

  4. Matt Svoboda January 17, 2009 at 11:56 pm #


    Is there something to disagree with?

  5. jigawatt January 18, 2009 at 12:20 am #


    No, but that’s never stopped people before.

  6. Jan D. January 18, 2009 at 12:32 am #

    What a profound and sobering insight. This really puts into perspective the ramifications of holding to the ideology of our new administration.

  7. Derek Taylor January 18, 2009 at 1:21 am #

    Pat, I bet you’re right.

  8. mike miller January 18, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    Wow those are strong words. But something to really think about!

  9. Darius T January 18, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    Anyone else miss Paul the music guy from Chicago? Where art thou, Paul?

  10. Matt Svoboda January 18, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

    Paul certainly did make things more interesting.

  11. Rhonda Johnson January 19, 2009 at 7:52 pm #

    Robinson will be applauded by the crowd while millions of Christian viewers across America feel poorly represented, and “horrified” as well.

  12. brian bortz January 21, 2009 at 7:35 pm #

    This country will not survive the blatant disregard of a Holy God.

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