The Besetting Sin of Worry

Pastor John Piper has a good word for those who battle the besetting sin of worry. His remarks are in answer to the following questions: “Is there a place for worriers in the church? Or is it a problem that some people perpetually worry?” You can listen to him here, or you can read a transcript of his remarks here.

9 Responses to The Besetting Sin of Worry

  1. mlm October 19, 2007 at 6:56 am #

    I’m pleasantly surprised to read that Piper would consider gays and pedophiles and such to “have a place in his church” since all sinners have a place. I’m sure that kind of thinking angers a few of his listeners. But alas, it’s the sick who need the Doctor, right?

    Great teaching on worry. Here’s something you might enjoy:

    Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest says this about worry: “Resting in the Lord does not depend on external circumstances at all, but on your relationship to God Himself…We imagine that a little anxiety and worry are an indication of how really wise we are; it is much more an indication of how really wicked we are. Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way. Our Lord never worried and He was never anxious, because He was not ‘out’ to realize His own ideas; He was ‘out’ to realize God’s ideas. Fretting is wicked if you are a child of God…All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.”

  2. jeremy z October 19, 2007 at 8:48 am #

    His sermon on worry, worries me. I did not struggle with being anxious until Piper’s preaching.

    Come on……that is funny………
    I am just having a good time, because I am notorious for knocking Piper so I thought I would live up to the standard.

    Have a worry-free day!

  3. Carlito October 19, 2007 at 8:54 am #

    mlm – I LOVE Oswald Chambers’ writings!! Finally, something in common 🙂

  4. Carlito October 19, 2007 at 8:55 am #

    jz – that is funny, I’ll give it to you!

  5. mlm October 19, 2007 at 9:23 am #

    Carlito: Funny! Hopefully, we have Jesus in common too! 🙂

  6. Ben October 19, 2007 at 2:58 pm #

    I seriously wonder how hard it was to find a picture of Piper with a smile on his face. I live in Minneapolis, see pictures of his face all the time, and have never actually seen one.

    My hat’s off to you.

  7. jeremy z October 19, 2007 at 3:03 pm #

    hahah Ben I am right there will you.
    Let the GRACE of God be with you.

  8. Lucas Knisely October 22, 2007 at 6:31 am #

    Only 7 comments? Piper didn’t get much attention this time.

  9. Denny Burk October 22, 2007 at 8:18 am #


    Don’t worry about it. 🙂


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