Hey Pat Robertson: It is not OK to divorce

I couldn’t believe the tweet I read from John Piper (@johnpiper) last night:

Pat Robertson’s view of how Christ loves the church and gives himself for her. Leave her for another. http://dsr.gd/pgWJel

See it for yourself:

Russell Moore has written an excellent response Robertson’s assertion that a man is morally justified to divorce his wife with Alzheimer’s disease in order to marry another woman. Moore points out this “is more than cruelty. This is a repudiation of the gospel of Jesus Christ”.

Pat Robertson’s cruel marriage statement is no anomaly. He and his cohorts have given us for years a prosperity gospel with more in common with an Asherah pole than a cross. They have given us a politicized Christianity that uses churches to “mobilize” voters rather than to stand prophetically outside the power structures as a witness for the gospel.

But Jesus didn’t die for a Christian Coalition; he died for a church. And the church, across the ages, isn’t significant because of her size or influence. She is weak, helpless, and spattered in blood. He is faithful to us anyway.

Please read all of Russell Moore’s response Christ, the Church, and Pat Robertson.

John Piper's book This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence

Piper’s book This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence is a much needed resource for anyone wanting to think more biblically about marriage.

Publisher’s Description:

Though personal selfishness and cultural bondage obstruct the wonder of God’s purpose, it is found in God’s Word, where his design can awaken a glorious vision capable of freeing every person from small, Christ-ignoring, romance-intoxicated views. As Piper explains in reflecting on forty years of matrimony: “Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It displays the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people to the world in a way that no other event or institution does. Marriage, therefore, is not mainly about being in love. It’s mainly about telling the truth with our lives. And staying married is not about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant and putting the glory of Christ’s covenant-keeping love on display.”

Available through WTSBooks | Amazon | and Free PDF from Desiring God.

Luther and Marriage Series

Justin Taylor has a written a number of short articles on Martin Luther and marriage over at The Resurgence:

Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor

For more on Luther and his marriage, see Taylor’s chapter “Martin Luther’s Reform of Marriage” in Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor available at Amazon and WTSBooks.

You can also get a free PDF of the whole book online from Desiring God and more resources from the 2004 National Conference: Sex and the Supremacy of Christ.

Hunting Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods image courtesy of Wikipedia.org

But Tiger is being hunted by something more menacing than journalists. Tiger’s real enemy is his sin, and that’s an enemy much more difficult to discern and one that can’t be managed in our own strength. It’s an enemy that never sleeps.

C.J. Mahaney brings a different, and much needed angle to the Tiger Woods story.
Read Hunting Tiger Woods.

Update: Tiger (and everyone else) might want to check out When Sinners Say I Do

Clean Up your Sex Life

Last week Tim Challies ran a series Sexual Detox that is a must read. Challies seeks to replace lies with the truth.

Many young men need a kind of sexual detox before they are equipped to be the kind of pure, loving, attentive, sacrificial husbands that God calls them to be. In this series of articles I hope to help young men reorient their understanding of sex, both in the big picture and in the act itself, according to God’s plan for this great gift.

While the series is aimed at young men, it is worthwhile for all to read.

  1. Pornifying the Marriage Bed
  2. Breaking Free
  3. A Theology of Sex
  4. Detoxification
  5. Freedom
  6. Recommended Resources

Great job Tim!