"What Jesus Demands From the World" is not the right title for this book.
Instead, Crossway should re-title it:
The Demand-Driven Life:
Finding a Life of Incredible Joy by Following the Demands of Jesus
Why? Because living a life of incredible joy is the result of reading this book and following it.
What does it really mean to be a follower of Christ? You would think it would simply mean looking at what Jesus commanded us to do and then doing it. And this is what Piper does in 400 pages: taking what Jesus actually said in the gospels, and then simply but profoundly expounding on why and how Jesus demands that we live it out.
Starting with Jesus' demand to Nicodemus "You must be born again" and then continuing through loving and abiding in Him, taking up our cross, praying, humility, service, marriage, witness, and others, in fifty short chapters Piper covers all of Christ's demands upon our lives.
I think John Piper is one of the uniquely prophetic voices in our day (in the forth telling sense). I like Piper a lot and I believe he has made a number of unique contributions to the modern evangelical church at large. However I'm not what some would call a "Piperite". I would agree with the man himself who has said on many occasions that if you have read one of his books then you've read them all. My favorite book up to this point has been "Brothers, we are not professionals". In the age of the CEO-styled pastor, this book needed to be written and its message heard. I hope it continues to enjoy a wide readership. Buy it for your pastor and make him read it.
However, Piper has turned a corner in his latest offering that doesn't smell like warmed-over "Christian Hedonism." Not that the "hedonism" line of thought doesn't ring true for me, it does, it only took one book for me to get what he was saying. His latest book, "What Jesus Demands from the World" is a home-run and...
A book could be written to refute the errors pertaining to divorce, (demands #40-42, pp.301-322) in John Piper's, "What Jesus Demands from the World". The premise of these demands is that all marriage is created by God and all divorce is sin. He erroneously teaches that because the New Covenant, the covenant between Christ and his church which is indissoluble only because it is guaranteed by God, is the pattern for human marriage and ALL marriages are also indissoluble. "And the point is that each marriage is "joined" in this way by God, because he tells us not to separate" (p.303.) Yet, through Piper's problematic doctrine, he ignores that God required the Israelites to divorce their foreign wives in Ezra 10. How is it then that Piper can accurately teach that God forbids divorce in ALL circumstances?
On page 301, the first sentence of his divorce discourse, he writes, "Jesus demands that husbands and wives be faithful to their marriages." What follows is a wooden...
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