John Piper was recently asked about his cautions for the new Calvinists, and here is his response — and I agree with him. And this isn’t just for Calvinists, though it applies to them, but about all theologies and ideologies that claim to be connected to the God of the Bible.
Would there be any cautions that you would have for the New Reformed/New Calvinist Movement you referenced earlier?
I will give you one that is from a prophetic word given to me yesterday-take it or leave it. I’m cautious when people come to me with these kinds of things. But this rung true, and you can see that it is true without making a claim to special divine authority.
My caution concerns making theology God instead of God God. Loving doing theology rather than loving God.
Sam Crabtree said to me once, “The danger of the contemporary worship awakening is that we love loving God more than we love God.” That was very profound. And you might love thinking about God more than you love God. Or arguing for God more than you love God. Or defending God more than you love God. Or writing about God more than you love God. Or preaching more than you love God. Or evangelizing more than you love God….
But that would be a big caution. We should be intellectually and emotionally more engaged with the person of Christ, the person of God-the Trinity-than we are with thinking about him. Thinking about God and engaging with him are inextricably woven together. But the reason you are reading the Bible, and the reason you are framing thoughts about God from the Bible, is to make your way through those thoughts to the real person.