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John Piper Thinks God Sent Minneapolis Tornado As Message About Gay People

August 20, 2009


Another person who claims to speak for God is actually only driving a wedge deeper into the divisions within our society that needs to be healed.  Shame on John Piper.  He should know better.

The tornado in Minneapolis was a gentle but firm warning to the ELCA and all of us: Turn from the approval of sin.

(The ELCA are meeting this week and one item on the agenda is whether practicing homosexuality is a behavior that should disqualify a person from the pastoral ministry.)

Piper is one of those that I am sure God wishes would shut up as it only undercuts his message, and undermines his intentions for mankind.

  1. Jonathan permalink
    March 13, 2010 3:00 AM

    “Piper is one of those that I am sure God wishes would shut up as it only undercuts his message, and undermines his intentions for mankind.”

    How are you so sure? Are you now speaking for God?

    If God is all powerful and controls all things, which I believe he does, then this tornado was no accident. God does nothing without reason.

    Is God so politically correct that he wouldn’t send a tornado as a warning? Isn’t a tornado fairly symbolic of what might be happening in the Church?

    *IF* God sent this message with the expressed intent of warning us, notice the difference between a warning and a punishment. God didn’t send the tornado in response. There is a very big difference.

  2. November 15, 2009 12:16 AM

    I don’t think I completely agree with Piper’s approach on this, but you (and he) are both right in asserting what Scriptures says on the matter. And even if the tornado was a random thing… you know what? You can still use random things as a symbol to remind yourself of something about God. I’ll give Piper props for making a call to repent.

  3. Jim Madson permalink
    August 27, 2009 4:59 PM

    If the tornado was meant to warn members of the ELCA about the dangers of letting homosexual men and women be members of the clergy, why did the tornado continue its path of destruction into south Minneapolis? Are the hundreds of people whose homes were damaged by high winds and downed trees and left without power for days also supporting homosexual clergy? Or did God take advantage of a perfectly good tornado to just warn humanity of his power.

    Maybe the tornado just took a random path. We will never know.

  4. August 20, 2009 3:44 PM

    Agreed. I’m an ELCA Lutheran and don’t know what your stance is on the issues the CWA is voting on, but I think you got it right. Let’s work for unity, not division.

  5. Jason permalink
    August 20, 2009 3:14 PM

    Respectfully, you accuse Piper of being “another person who claims to speak for God”, then you post that “Piper is one of those that I am sure God wishes would shut up…” Isn’t that doing what you disliked Piper doing?

    I felt that Piper put forth a short, yet well-evidenced, blog about his opinion. He gave biblical support for his view and he was clear that the tornado wasn’t directed at homosexuals in general – but at the church condoning that which is explicit sin in scripture.

    If you disagree with his interpretation, why not give a more thorough response as to why he is wrong or why he should have known better.

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