Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Christian Hedonism

It seems I was the only Christian involved in ministry in Sydney who did not attend the recently heavily promoted John Piper talks. I have heard from colleagues who did that Piper once again expounded his version of Christian hedonism with which we are familiar from his writings: 'God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.' Reactions I have heard range from cautions endorsement to outright rejection of Piper's message as being 'another gospel.' It might be helpful then to draw attention to these more balanced critiques by Paul Helm here and here. I wonder if Piper would be better focussing on the more pervasive Biblical language of 'love' for God which has an affective element as well as a commitment to obedience, but does not focus on my satisfaction.