Let me start off by saying I’m a HUGE Piper fan. No other author has impacted me more. I have tons of respect for him. I read Let the Nations be Glad! when I was in college, and it literally changed the direction of my life. I’ve listened to more of his sermons and read more his posts and books than I have anyone else.
But over the course of the last few years, I’ve been uncomfortable with some of his statements on contextualization and missions to Muslims. Watching the above video confirmed some of my concerns. I’m not an “insider proponent" (whatever that is), (neither am I a traditionalist,) but I felt that Piper has some misunderstandings and even (missio)logical fallacies in his arguments.
To that end, I strongly encourage you to read Cody Lorance’s response to Piper on the Insider Movement. Here are some of Cody’s points:
- There is no such thing as the “insider movement.” [We really need a better term…]
- The American church IS ‘insider.’
- The C Scale is invalid [I think the C Scale is helpful for its original purpose, but is overly simplistic for the issues at stake now].
- [One of my points- I don’t know of IM people who support MBBs unequivocally continuing to worship in the mosque. You can be insider without ever going to the mosque. And some MBBs respect Mohammed they way I respect Piper.]
- Persecution is not always for Jesus.
- The fallacy of saying “Ex-Muslims” or the “National Church in this place” is against this, so we should be too. [The Catholic church’s counter reformation against Luther comes to mind.] You can always find MBBs (or missionaries) to support your view.
Here is the main point:
“It is problematic however that so many opponents of IMs are flooding the internet with a lot of misinformation, bigotry, ignorance, personal attacks, and other general silliness. And everyone who “retweets” such drivel is culpable. This isn’t a simple issue. And there are a tremendous number of people who are talking about it that should rather be listening and learning. Actually, we could all do with a little more listening and learning.”