Boycott the Piper-Dever Conference at UCCD

By | October 29, 2013

Mark Dever, a preacher in the Southern Baptist denomination, and John Piper, a preacher from the Baptist General Conference, will be speaking at a conference in Dubai on November 15-16, 2013.  John Piper and Mark Dever are strong supporters of C.J. Mahaney.  C.J. Mahaney has blackmailed the co-founder of his ministry and covered up sexual abuse in his church. John Piper and Mark Dever have expressed no love, concern or compassion for the victims of sexual abuse.  I urge you, if you have any compassion for victims of sexual abuse, to boycott this conference.

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:5-6, ESV)

“But just as in Wonderland, where nonsense rules, the shepherds favored wolves over sheep and tended to themselves while ignoring the flock.”

“Indeed, much of what Adamson said on that stormy day in St. Paul described a bureaucracy that was more concerned with preventing scandal than protecting children, and wholly inadequate when it came to dealing with a priest who was a sexual predator.”

-Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime and the Era of Catholic Scandal by Michael D’Antonio

“The do-nothing reality of Southern Baptist leaders was obvious: Despite all their fine words, they couldn’t manage to keep even criminally convicted child molesters off their own ministerial registry. And they weren’t even considering doing anything about “credibly-accused” clergy in the way that other faith groups do.”
-page 210, This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Preacher Predator and His Gang.

“The Church does not need brilliant personalities but faithful servants of Jesus and the brethren. Not in the former but in the latter is the lack. The Church will place its confidence only in the simple servant of the Word of Jesus Christ because it knows that then it will be guided, not according to human wisdom and human conceit, but by the Word of the Good Shepherd.”  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” (Luke 10:29-37, ESV)

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[…] The main impetus for this resolution was the disturbing ongoing friendship and unmitigated support of C.J. Manhaney by Southern Baptist leaders Al Mohler and Mark Dever.  I have previously posted a video of Mohler heaping rich praise on Mahaney here.  Additionally I have posted a recording of Mark Dever praising C.J. Mahaney in the introduction of a sermon he preached at Mahaney’s church in Louisville, KY here. […]

M. Joy

That sound bite of Piper at Mahaney’s church gives me the creeps – his tone, the fawning. I used to drink the Piper Kool-Aid and can’t even begin to tell you the harm it has caused in my life. I hope discerning Christians will follow your lead by not attending.