07 November 2007

The Future of Justification

I received my copy yesterday of The Future of Justification by John Piper. So far, it’s a very good read and a needed refutation of N.T. Wright's position. I’m encouraged to read that Piper is not playing the scholarly game of one-upsmanship. Rather, he is filling the need for us of clarifying Wright’s confusing position and reaffirming the correct view of justification. My own assessment of the need of the church at this moment in history is different from Wright’s: I think we need a new generation of preachers who are not only open to the new light that God may shed upon his word, but are also suspicious of their own love of novelty and are eager to test all their own interpretations of the Bible by the wisdom of the centuries. He goes to say, This book exists because of my own concern that, specifically in the matter of justification by faith, Wright’s approach has not been as illuminating as it has been misleading, or perhaps, confusing (pgs 37-38).

4 comments:

ReformedChristian said...

Hi Russ,

We defintely have the same taste in books, I mentioned in my last blog that I am looking forward to reading this book soon. I didn't know it was out already though,
hope your doing well.
Shalom
Stephen

ReformedChristian said...

Hi Russ,

We defintely have the same taste in books, I mentioned in my last blog that I am looking forward to reading this book soon. I didn't know it was out already though,
hope your doing well.
Shalom
Stephen

Tandy said...

Within his courteous treatment of Wright, Piper used these words and others to describe Wright’s treatment of the gospel and justification - “disfigured,” “distorted,” and “blurred.” Just how disfigured, distorted and blurred does teaching on the gospel have to become before Galatians 1:8-9 applies? I would like to know where Piper and others would draw the line.

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Reformed Renegade said...

Tandy - I think Piper makes very clear what Wright has distorted , disfigured & blurrred. Perhaps you can tell us what you mean by your mention of Gal 1:8-9.