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No Insult Like The Truth

It hurts my heart that so many American churches look nothing like Jesus.

Jesus did not come so that we may have stuff. He came that we may have abundant life. Sometimes the thing keeping us from abundant life the most is all our stuff.

Below is an excerpt from a message by John Piper that someone created a video for.

It is powerful, it is offensive, and it is the truth.

A lot of what is being passed off these days as “the gospel” is idolatry.

There’s no insult like the truth.

“God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in Him in the midst of loss, not prosperity.” – John Piper

Does this offend you or challenge your beliefs?


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Grant JenkinsNo Insult Like The Truth
22 comments
Randy Kinnick
Randy Kinnick

I had seen this some time ago and was blown away by the way Piper communicates the truth here. Thanks for the reminder, Grant, by posting it here. I think I'll place it on my blog as well.
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Brandi
Brandi

this Piper video wrecks me every single time I see it. great stuff.
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Brandi
Brandi

this Piper video wrecks me every single time I see it. great stuff.
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JuliaKate
JuliaKate

first of all... love the blinged out cross pic. that's real special right there;) ok, now on to the content... the fact that Piper called out the American church like that was so deeply moving for me. we have done quite a number on people with our double-talk and our tainted self-serving doctrine. i'm a classy chick and i rarely fall for the bait of debate, but there is a core to this doctrine that is rooted in covetousness & it can really get me going. you wrote about portion briefly in another post... the revelation of portion has been revolutionizing my life. it's changing my prayer life, my career path, how i feel about romantic relationships, having children, my purchases, my eating, my care of my health... it's taking its place in every area of my life. He is my portion.
" Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Ps. 73:25-26
risky stuff, great post.

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Kimberly Anne
Kimberly Anne

wow. thank you.
'God is enough.. my portion forever.'
gripped my heart.
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His Girl
His Girl

I haven't even watched the video and I am in a huge agreement with you. (Will watch the video shortly.)

Chelsea
Chelsea

I read a post not too long ago by Justin Davis that talked about God's presence vs. God's presents. Do I desire God for who He is or what He can give me or bless me with? We are so materialistic in this country. Everyone wants the biggest cars, houses, jobs, churches, etc. I really enjoyed the video. I think it does challenge us to truly love and trust God in every moment of our lives. I also struggle with preachers who will tell people that if you just pray enough or read God's word enough or believe enough that that sickness will go away, or you won't have any more problems in life. That is NOT what God has taught us. Our life isn't going to be easy going and we won't face any problems. We will struggle but we have a God who is powerful and who we can trust in completely. The question is do we trust Him completely? Not in the good times but in the deepest darkest struggles of our life? Thank you for this post.

Chelsea
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Ani
Ani

I so agree with this. This prosperity gospel also landed in Europe, in my country and I see no good of it. They keep telling parents of ill children that if they don't heal that it's their fault. It's because of their faith or their way of thinking. I told them it's not fair to say that and no where in the Bible you can find that He will make everything complete now. Oh, how I'm so happy to find this. Really you have no idea. But it aches me because people do get hurt by this kind of gospel.

JD in Canada
JD in Canada

One great big loud and resounding AMEN to this post!!!

It is through loss that I've learned to worship God the most, it is loss, not gain, that has been the foundation of my faith in Him. He IS enough.
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pa3cia
pa3cia

our response should be just like job's response when everything was taken away from him:

"though He slay me, i will still praise Him"

coz our praise for Him is not dependent on what He does for us. we praise Him because He gave His Son to die for us so that we may live for eternity.

"the Lord is my sheperd (the one who leads me) i shall not WANT"

i think that is why the gospel is flourishing in other 3rd world countries and it's dying in first world countries like american and europe. coz we feel so entitled to "want and have things".

the challenge is to remind ourselves everyday that - it's not about us. it's NEVER about us. (http://www.ricianne.com/2010/04/note-to-self.html)
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@dustinuga
@dustinuga

Wow, challenging thoughts. Powerful video. Thanks for sharing.