Flaws and Friendship Were Not the Problem

Piper recently addressed the question, “Do you regret partnering with Mark Driscoll?”

Dr. Piper mentions Driscoll’s “flaws.” Again, this is not the issue. I don’t know of anyone who criticizes Driscoll for having flaws. All of us, without exception, have flaws. The problem is that the word flaw trivializes what was happening at Mars Hill. Plagiarizing, bullying, foul language, global missions funds being used for local projects, generously offered tithes being used to buy a bestseller, etc. are far more serious than flaws.

 
I deeply appreciate John Piper. His ministries of preaching and writing have meant a great deal to me over the years. I pray that the Lord will continue to use him to bless His church. I point that out because I am not a guy who makes it a point to hate on Piper. I don’t consider it cutting edge to publically disrespect a man who has contributed much good to the body of Christ.

Piper recently addressed the question, “Do you regret partnering with Mark Driscoll?”

On the one hand I appreciate that Piper is addressing the issue of his relationship with Driscoll. The problem is in the way in which the discussion is framed. I don’t know of anyone who has a problem with the fact that Piper befriended Mark Driscoll. Indeed many of us were hoping that Piper and some of the other well-known older Christian leaders connecting with Driscoll would have a maturing impact on his life. Alas.

Dr. Piper mentions Driscoll’s “flaws.” Again, this is not the issue. I don’t know of anyone who criticizes Driscoll for having flaws. All of us, without exception, have flaws. The problem is that the word flaw trivializes what was happening at Mars Hill. Plagiarizing, bullying, foul language, global missions funds being used for local projects, generously offered tithes being used to buy a bestseller, etc. are far more serious than flaws.

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