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Language and words are of significant concern to Pastor Piper (like father like son). It is fairly common to hear him say in a sermon something like, “I think it would be helpful to begin with a definition”.
Apparently, he believes that a good way to avoid being misunderstood is to make sure that others understand what you mean when you use key words.
So I thought it might be helpful to compile a list of some of his definitions. This list follows – but first, a few notes:
(1) In some cases, he explicitly gives credit to others for being a source for the definition,
(2) In some cases, these are definitions derived from specific biblical passages.
(3) I hope to add to this list. This is not a complete list by any means.
(4) I have edited some of these a bit.
Piper Definitions (Part 1):
Lust: Sexual desire that dishonors its object and disregards God.
Glory of God: The infinite beauty and greatness of his manifold perfections.
MATURE MASCULINITY: A SENSE OF BENEVOLENT RESPONSIBILITY TO LEAD, PROVIDE FOR AND PROTECT WOMEN IN WAYS APPROPRIATE TO A MAN’S DIFFERING RELATIONSHIPS.
MATURE FEMININITY: A FREEING DISPOSITION TO AFFIRM, RECEIVE AND NURTURE STRENGTH AND LEADERSHIP FROM WORTHY MEN IN WAYS APPROPRIATE TO A WOMAN’S DIFFERING RELATIONSHIPS.
Shame (dictionary definition): The painful emotion caused by a consciousness of guilt or shortcoming or impropriety.
The Love of God: His doing whatever needs to be done, at whatever cost, so that we will see and be satisfied with the glory of God in Jesus Christ.
The Church: It took a whole sermon
The Occult: Anything that involves dealings with the world of spirits or of supra-normal forces which (dealings) are not oriented on Jesus as he is revealed in the Bible.
Racism(As defined by the Bethlehem Staff and Borrowed from the PCA): Racism is an explicit or implicit belief or practice that qualitatively distinguishes or values one race over other races.
Covetousness: Desiring something so much that you lose your contentment in God.
Headship: The divine calling of a husband to take primary responsibility for Christ-like servant leadership, protection, and provision in the home.
Submission: The divine calling of a wife to honor and affirm her husband’s leadership and help carry it through according to her gifts.
The Wrath of God: God’s settled anger toward sin expressed in the repayment of suitable vengeance on the guilty sinner.
Sin: Lawlessness. In other words sin is man’s refusal to submit to God’s law, that is, God’s Word. It is insubordination.
Hope (Three senses): 1. a desire for something good in the future, 2. the thing in the future that we desire, and 3. the basis reason for thinking that our desire may indeed be fulfilled.
Faith: You can see this in Hebrews 11:1. This is the closest thing we have to definition of faith in all the New Testament, I think – Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Christian Leadership: Broadly speaking, a person is more or less a Christian leader as that person exerts more or less Christian influence in Christian ways. Or to put it another way, to the degree that you shape others toward the image of Christ you are a Christian leader.
Relativism: Belief in one of these four things- 1) There is no objective, external standard for measuring the truth or falsehood of a factual statement (like “John MacArthur is tall.)” Or 2) there may be an external standard, but we can’t know if there is. Or 3) there may be one, but no one can figure out what it means, so it can’t function as a standard. Or 4) there may be an external, objective standard, but I don’t care what it is; I’m not going to base my convictions on it.
Anxiety: The loss of confident security in God owing to feelings of uneasiness or foreboding that something harmful is going to happen.
Envy: A mingling of a desire for something with the resentment that another is enjoying it and you are not.
Wisdom (1): The ability of the soul to perceive God-glorifying, Christ-exalting, gospel-fashioned, people-helping ways to live, with the knowledge God gives us – not only the ability to memorize specific biblical rules of behavior.
Wisdom (2): Knowing what the greatest goal is in any situation, and what the best way is to achieve it.
The Flesh: The closest thing to a Biblical definition of the flesh is Romans 8:7-8, “The mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, indeed it cannot; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”
Legalism: (1) Treating biblical standards of conduct as regulations to be kept by our own power in order to earn God’s favor. . . .(2): The erecting of specific requirements of conduct beyond the teaching of Scripture and making adherence to them the means by which a person is qualified for full participation in the local family of God, the church; This is where unbiblical exclusivism arises.