Meet Justin Taylor.
Neil at 4Simpson’s says he has “a profound understanding of God and his control over all things.”
Don’t confuse him with THIS Justin Taylor.
[Update: Justin Talyor thanks God for the Ministry of D. James Kennedy and his Coral Ridge Ministries. D. James Kennedy you ask? Wasn't he all chummy with R.J. Rushdoony and Gary North? Well, he might have been, but it doesn't matter, 'cause he's dead now, and so is Rushdoony. And time isn't exactly going to wait for Gary North, if you know what I mean.]
Justin Taylor was interviewed by a guy named Adrian Warnock.
Adrian was thrilled to be interviewing Justin, because he’s apparently known as “John Piper’s right-hand man”.
John Piper is a bad man. He’ll tell you so himself:
But don’t take HIS word for it. Take GOD’s Word for it. His take on the 35W bridge is that we all deserved to die, and those poor people on the bridge just met their judgment earlier than the rest of us (in other words, they deserved it, and so do we.)
But don’t confuse him with Fred Phelps, whose whole ministry is centered around this idea, and who s completely different because he proclaims the exact same message, but uses vulgarity and unpopular actions to do it. It’s true that he’s focused on gays, to the exclusion of other sins, but his essential doctrine, if you pay attention is that we have all sinned, and deserve to die horribly.
They both profess to believe, at the foundation of their core beliefs, that all it takes is for your existence on this earth as a human being to deserve the weight of God’s wrath. God caused us to be born, deserving to die horribly so that he can save us, but we have to give ourselves over to him and cease to be human.
Maybe Neil could explain to me the difference in their philosophies (beyond the polished polite veneer that John Piper and Justin Taylor give it…as opposed to Fred Phelps who at least acknowledged its ugliness, looked the flaws in the face and embraced them along with madness.)
He might be able to, but I doubt very much that he will…because if he really looked into it, I suspect he’s smart enough to know, he would risk detecting the flies in the butter.
Until then, I think I’ll just write Calvinism off as a bad idea, thanks. I’ll leave you with a little quote from one of my favorite Babylon 5 characters:
“Wouldn’t it be much worse if life were fair and all the terrible things that happened to us, come because we deserve them? So now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the Universe.”
From now on, when people ask me why I don’t believe in the God of the Christian religion, I believe I will answer simply “Because it is better than the alternative.”