Dec

11

2012

Jared C. Wilson|8:54 am CT

What’s Worth Staking Your Ministry On?

From a new interview of John Piper by Mark Driscoll:

MD: As you reflect on your time as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist, what were some of the risks you took?

JP: . . . I took a risk less than two years into my ministry by proposing that the Church Covenant be amended to remove the requirement of teetotalism for membership. I’m a teetotaler. But to me, this came so close to Galatianism (the idea that, to be a complete Christian, you need circumcision) that I staked my ministry on it. Some of my supporters were shocked, and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union chapter said the church had called a liberal who would take us down the road to unbelief. It passed, but barely. I’m still here and have not heard the charge of liberal in a long time.

The gospel is worth centering your ministry around; therefore, anything that reeks of Galatianism is worth risking your ministry to oppose. I’m grateful for Piper’s example, especially in a practical area that would not have affected him personally.

Read the whole thing.

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One Comment

  1. [...] What’s Worth Staking Your Ministry On? on Gospel Driven Church. This short post hit home for me because I come from a background where drinking was taboo for various reasons—everything from alcoholism in the family to a desire to “keep a brother from stumbling” kept me from touching alcohol for many, many years. In the past few years, God has been gracious to reveal my heart and more importantly His heart in the matter. I loved how this question was answered. [...]

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