Love Your Enemies: Book Review

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John Stephen Piper was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on January 11, 1946 to Bill and Ruth Piper. Piper’s father became an evangelist minister when his family moved to South Carolina. Piper attended Wheaton College where he, not so surprisingly, majored in literature and philosophy. John went on to finish his master 's program at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. While studying at Fuller, Piper discovered the writings of Jonathan Edwards, a man that became very influential in Piper’s life. Piper did not stop at this point with his education. He stayed in West Germany to receive his doctoral degree in the field of New Testament Studies. During this time, Piper’s dissertation titled Love Your Enemies was published by Cambridge University…show more content…
Piper’s opinion on this situation is that no woman nor man should be told he/she cannot have an active role in the Christian ministry. The only issue with this statement is how this is to be done. In Timothy 2:12-14, the role of women in the church is addressed in this way: “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man. Rather, she is to remain quiet.” With this said, the predicament is clear. If women were to be a leading role in the church, then the church would be going against what is stated in the Bible, but if women are not allowed a position in the Christian ministry, then the ministry is moving in the wrong direction socially by not allowing equal rights between the sexes. Piper is not the only theologian to comment on women in the church. Wayne Grudem, in accompaniment of John Piper, composed the book 50 Crucial Questions About Manhood and Womanhood: An Overview of Central Concerns About Manhood and Womanhood. Piper and Grudem create a loop-hole, so to say, with this issue by saying men should hold the primary jobs of the church, but that does not mean women cannot be in charge of lesser tasks in the ministry, therefore, upholding the Biblical word and giving women the same rights as
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