29
Jul
12

John Piper’s teaching on “Progressive Justification” doesn’t exist

I wrote earlier today about a guy named Paul Dohse who opines on a page called “Paul’s Passing Thoughts.” The first question that passes through ones mind when listening to one of Paul’s videos is whether a thought could actually exist in his head for very long. I am profoundly grateful when listening to him that I don’t have to listen to him often. Anyway, this guy is convinced that John Piper is teaching “progressive justification” based on the following statement, “If you try to make the fruit of justification part of the root of justification, the fruit itself is destroyed.” Now, how anyone could get “progressive justification” out of that statement is probably beyond me. Still, I suspect the reason is Paul’s lack of instruction concerning the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints. Due to a great deal of false teaching that occurred during the Twentieth Century, people have come to equate the idea of the eternal security of the believer with the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints. Just to clarify this issue in our minds, let me pose the following question: Which of the following statements is/are true?

1. All those who make a public profession of faith in Christ are eternally secure no matter what they do.

2. All true believers in Christ are eternally secure even if they should fall into grievous sin.

3. None who make a profession of faith in Christ will ever stop believing and following him.

4. All who truly trust in Christ alone for justification will persevere to the end in trusting Christ alone for justification, whatever obstacles they may encounter.

If you answered 1 and 3, you are in line with a great deal of “evangelical” teaching in our day.

If you answered 2 and 4, you are in line with the teaching of the Scripture.

The Bible teaches that everyone who has faith will continue in faith and those who forsake the faith never had faith in the first place.

Piper isn’t teaching “progressive justification.” He is teaching that those who begin to trust in Christ alone for justification before God will continue to trust in Christ alone for justification. A person who trusts in the fruits of justification or in the evidences of saving faith instead of continuing to trust in Christ alone demonstrates that he has never truly trusted Christ or been truly justified.

Those of you who still remember when we used to sing hymns in church will remember a line that goes like this, “I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name.” The writer is simply saying we must not even trust our sweet frames of mind. If we trust our evidences of saving faith or our sweet frames of mind instead of trusting Christ, we have never come to believe in the first place. Those who have been once justified will never be any more justified than we are. Those who trust in the fruits of justification instead of trusting in Christ alone for justification have never been declared righteous in God’s sight.

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1 Response to “John Piper’s teaching on “Progressive Justification” doesn’t exist”


  1. July 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    John Piper isn’t the only one Paul has completely wrong, It’s really sad.


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