– Advertisement –

John Piper’s Former Church Promotes Heretic Who Denies Penal Substitution in the Name of “Wokeness”

by | Aug 21, 2019 | Blog | 0 comments

💡We need your support. As big tech continues its crackdown on conservative blogs, our days on these platforms are numbered. Go Ad-Free plus get Exclusive Member-Only content by subscribing to us on Substack!

We’ve been warning you over and over that the “woke church” movement has bred an entirely new gospel altogether — one that is not Christocentric and does not adhere to the essential dogmas of the faith. While many of the proponents of the “woke” social justice movement claim wokeness as a “gospel issue,” the redefinition of the gospel into a perpetual system of self-guilt and self-atonement is the core of the problem.

Two of the primary agitators of the woke church movement are Thabiti Anyabwile and Jemar Tisby — both of whom have asserted that atonement for past racism lies in the works-righteousness of current white folks. In other words, they have made the gospel into an almost Roman Catholic-like system of perpetual penance. It is, at its logical core, a denial of the doctrine of penal substitution — that Christ alone died in the place of sinners and completely satisfied the wrath of God.

The doctrine of penal substitution is one of the most foundational doctrines of the faith. Soteriologically speaking, there is no Christianity without penal substitution. Yet, in the name of being “woke” and serving up social justice, John Piper’s former church, Bethlehem Baptist, promotes this heresy. While Thabiti Anyabwile and Jemar Tisby would both verbally deny that they are opposed to the doctrine of penal substitution, one author whose book is promoted there outright denies it.

Dominique Gilliard is the author of the book you see in the picture above on display at Bethlehem Baptist Church titled Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores. The book essentially wades through Paul’s epistles with a focus on deconstructing the doctrine of penal substitution and then attempting to prove that this doctrine is the cause of all racial injustices in America.

Join Us and Get These Perks:

✅ No Ads in Articles
✅ Access to Comments and Discussions
✅ Community Chats
✅ Full Article and Podcast Archive
✅ The Joy of Supporting Our Work 😉



In the book, Gilliard argues “Penal substitution is a reductionist theory that forsakes the embodied life, ministry, and relationships of Jesus, reducing Christ’s body to punitive surrogacy,” and from this argument, he concludes, “Rather than supporting a system that merely punishes, the church must pursue a justice system that builds community, affirms human dignity, and seeks God’s shalom.”

While this heresy is on display, being strongly promoted by the church John Piper once pastored, the social justice warriors are championing this movement as though it’s the greatest thing ever to hit the Church. In the tweet below, you can see the librarian at Bethlehem Baptist, Lydia Arant — who prides herself on being a champion of social justice — praising the works and the team that put together the promotion above. Of course, the promotion included a swath of other social justice heretics too, including Jemar Tisby and Jackie Hill Perry.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that those who are associated with outlets such as The Gospel Coalition and the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission are continuing to move to the left — however, a sign that churches are being completely given over to a false gospel is when they begin promoting heretics who deny the fundamental doctrines of the faith in order to promote an agenda of wokeness. This is more than listening to other people’s perspective or just trying to understand them. It’s even more than sharing the stage with these people at a mutual event or conference. This is a church that is selling this false gospel within its own doors and not being opposed by anyone there.

The Dissenter is primarily supported by its readers. The best way to support us is to subscribe to our members-only site where you will receive all of our content ad-free, plus you will get member-only exclusive content.

Or you can make a one-time or recurring donation using the box below. (Note, the donation box below is not for memberships, but for donations. For memberships, use the button above.) For all other donor or supporter inquiries, please reach out to jeff@disntr.com.

- Advertisement -

Latest

How Greg got Saved, Part Four. Final BC Chapter

How Greg got Saved, Part Four. Final BC Chapter

Yesterday we left off with the first glimmer of light I had probably had in my whole life. I had no idea what I was going to do, but for the first time I realized in earnest that whatever it was, this life of being a homeless criminal had to end somehow. In spite of...

How Greg got Saved, Part Three. BC

How Greg got Saved, Part Three. BC

We’ll pick it up where we left off last time where I burned up my uncle’s kitchen, drunk in the morning, left an apology note and ran away. I was 17 years old at that time, BTW. I just couldn’t face him. I pretty much just found someplace to sleep outside every night...

How Greg got Saved, BC Part Two

How Greg got Saved, BC Part Two

Last time I gave a quick overview of my early life and the circumstances leading up to my move at 16 to Arizona to live with my uncle. To pick up there, I took off from Detroit Metro at about 11pm and landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor a few hours later. I was filled with...

- Advertisement -

Subscribe

Store

Follow Us

- Advertisement -

You Might Also Like…

How Greg got Saved, Part Five. Greg Gets Saved.

How Greg got Saved, Part Five. Greg Gets Saved.

We left off yesterday with my having gotten clean and sober in court mandated Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and my subsequent disillusionment with AA, which was functioning as a religion of sorts in my life. I continued going to AA (and NA) meetings because I didn’t...

How Greg got Saved, Part Four. Final BC Chapter

How Greg got Saved, Part Four. Final BC Chapter

Yesterday we left off with the first glimmer of light I had probably had in my whole life. I had no idea what I was going to do, but for the first time I realized in earnest that whatever it was, this life of being a homeless criminal had to end somehow. In spite of...

How Greg got Saved, Part Three. BC

How Greg got Saved, Part Three. BC

We’ll pick it up where we left off last time where I burned up my uncle’s kitchen, drunk in the morning, left an apology note and ran away. I was 17 years old at that time, BTW. I just couldn’t face him. I pretty much just found someplace to sleep outside every night...

How Greg got Saved, BC Part Two

How Greg got Saved, BC Part Two

Last time I gave a quick overview of my early life and the circumstances leading up to my move at 16 to Arizona to live with my uncle. To pick up there, I took off from Detroit Metro at about 11pm and landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor a few hours later. I was filled with...

How Greg got Saved, BC Part One.

How Greg got Saved, BC Part One.

I’m not going to give my life story here, but a brief synopsis will lay the groundwork for what ultimately led to my receiving Christ in August of 1984. I enjoy other people’s salvation testimonies and thought somebody might be interested in mine. My mother was...

- Advertisement -

Want to go ad-free with exclusive content? Subscribe today.

This will close in 0 seconds