Liberty University has removed a video featuring a conversation with John Piper from the school’s online library and social media feeds after the Christian pastor and author revealed he did not plan to vote for Donald Trump or Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
In October, Piper and Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear recorded a video conversation with David Nasser, Liberty’s senior vice president for spiritual development.
The two resulting videos, later posted on Liberty’s website, came on the 20th anniversary of Piper’s popular “Don’t Waste Your Life” sermon.
The day after the weekly convocation in which Piper and Greear took part, the former published an article on his website warning Christian voters that the president’s “deadly behavior” will lead the U.S. to “destruction of more kinds than we can imagine.” Piper also revealed he didn’t plan to vote for either the Democratic nominee or the president on Nov. 3.
Liberty, whose former president Jerry Falwell Jr. was close friends with Trump, subsequently pulled Piper’s videos. Liberty spokesman Scott Lamb told Christianity Today the decision was due to the “unfortunate coincidence in timing” of Piper’s post.
Lamb said the feedback over Piper was “a controversy we did not seek out or desire,” as viewers accused the pastor of “Calvinist heresy,” “wokeness” and a “social justice agenda.” He told CT responses came from “both those who would praise us for having him [and] those who would critique us from having him.”
Lamb suggested clips might be restored once the election season is over.
Liberty did not respond to a request for comment.
Greear told CT he was “disappointed” in Liberty’s decision to remove the video, adding that the purpose of the conversation was to “challenge Liberty students to consider how God wanted to use their lives in the Great Commission,” a topic “we can all be unified around.”
In his controversial post, Piper said he is “baffled that so many Christians consider the sins of unrepentant sexual immorality, … unrepentant boastfulness, …unrepentant vulgarity, … unrepentant factiousness … and the like, to be only toxic for our nation, while policies that endorse baby-killing, sex-switching, freedom-limiting, and socialistic overreach are viewed as deadly.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett