Piper does not hold to any of the Reformed confessions or catechisms. That doesn’t mean he isn’t a Christian or that he doesn’t teach useful things. But it does mean that we shouldn’t be surprised when he teaches something outside the confessional standards.
Would we say that the early church, the medieval church, and the Reformation church were wrong in saying before they read from their translations, “This is God’s holy and inerrant Word”?
We hear this evangelical rant every Christmas and Easter. But here are two articles, with short excerpts, debunking these myths.
1492. The last Muslim armies defeated in and expelled from Spain after almost 800 years of occupation.
1529 and 1683. Muslims laid siege to Vienna and defeated both times.
“The devil is bound throughout the whole period, from the first coming of Christ to the end of the world, which will be Christ’s second coming. . . He is not permitted to exert his whole power of temptation, either by force or by guile to seduce people. . . ”
If Isaiah 17 is about Syria today, then America is Babylon or Assyria. If Isaiah 17 is not about al-Assad, Obama and Netanyahu, what is it for us today?
Father, Thou who used Egypt as a place of refuge for Thy Son, Jesus, when Joseph led Mary and the little Christ-child there to escape a madman named Herod, grant the same refuge and peace to Thy people in Egypt this day. Deliver the Church in Egypt through the attacks of madmen.