This most recent phase of the issue I'll discuss here started when Frank Turk, aka centuri0n, wrote an open letter to John Piper last week.
Apparently his plan is to write one per week this year, and that's fine by me. I have enjoyed them all so far, but the letter to Piper left me scratching my head a bit. Apparently I am not alone.
Criticising Piper is still dangerous ground in many circles these days, but it is becoming more acceptable, and I think that is a good thing. He is good in many areas but there are also areas in which we must turn away from him.
I don't necessarily have a big problem with Mike Ratliff's post, tbh. If you ask me, Turk is in the wrong by giving Piper a pass. Warren is a bad, bad influence and we would all do well to give him the theological left foot of fellowship. Yes, we're not part of his church, but that doesn't mean we don't cut him out of ours!
Piper himself, as others have pointed out, has been devolving into the bizarre and even occasionally dangerous. Bizarre - inviting Warren to speak and looking past Driscoll's behavior (I'd say the Warren thing is worse).
Muddled - he apparently can't figure out whether he's a full Calvinist or not. I do not agree with everything in that video (in particular that the Arminian view of the extent of the atonement is heretical) but I post it for the sake of Piper's statements, particularly those beginning at 7m 16s.
And it's not so much the out of context "you must be born again into a Christian Hedonist" stuff - it sounds terrible, but I know what Piper means b/c I read the book "Desiring God". Didn't like the book much, but I read it.
The dangerous - Piper wrote "The Future of Justification", and it was a good rebuttal to the New Perspective on Paul. Then he writes "Future Grace" and seemingly takes it all back while muddying up the waters mightily. Now that's dangerous. http://trinityfoundation.org/PDF/197a-PiedPiper.pdf
Thing is, many of the commenters on Mike Ratliff's post should be ashamed of themselves for their behavior and quick triggers. Turk has his part in bringing this upon himself, however, in his inexplicably gentle treatment of Piper and Warren. If Turk had been in the mood to write an open letter praising someone, I can think of better addressees. Also, since it was an open letter, it would have been acceptable ISTM to throw in a few caveats about Piper, since Turk has said multiple times that he doesn't necessarily expect the addressees to read the letter. Further, there's nothing wrong with a mixed-bag letter.
For more on this issue, see my and Matt's from Vox Veritatis recent interactions with Defending.Contending. on the topic of separating from those who like Mark Driscoll. Let's just simmer down a bit, people.