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Tornado: A Gentle Warning to the ELCA

John Piper writes here about a tornado that hit the city of Minneapolis on August 19th  (and specifically hits the church and snaps the cross on top of the steeple) at the start of an ELCA meeting where they were  deciding if it is okay for a Pastor to be a practicing homosexual.

Steeple of Central Lutheran Building

Steeple of Central Lutheran Building

And this is true:  God could snap any of our steeples . . . prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.  Take my heart oh take and seal it, seal if for thy courts above.

Update: Clarifying the Tornado

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  1. August 20, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I think Piper is off-base here, especially with his interpretation of Luke 13:4-5.

  2. August 20, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Off-base – How? That God does not act through providence to bring about his judgment? Or that this specific tornado is God’s providential act against the ELCA?

    I think the Luke 13 passage is teaching that trouble happens to all kinds of people and we all need to be ready by repenting. It is implied by the crowd that they thought the Galileans who were killed by Pilate while they were offering sacrifices were some how worse sinners then they were. The tower supports his point – repent because towers fall, and Pilate kills.

    Providential acts are acts of judgment if you are unrepentant. Now if the tornado hit GLBC, we could seek to know why God was doing this – judging sin or growing us through trial. Tell me what your thinking.

  3. August 20, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Repent because towers fall and without repentance you will not have eternal life. It’s not repent or towers will fall on you.

    I believe that by including the Luke passage Piper is implying that the fallen tower of Siloam (or 9/11, or a tornado over the ELCA Assembly) IS a DIRECT result of their sin, but Jesus answers “No” to that assumption.

  4. September 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    My church has been really focusing on the relevance of prophetic ministry. So, in that vein, I will submit the following:

    For those of us who seek to know God’s heart and mind, we have the freedom to interpret this act according to what God has already revealed through His Word, through history, and what He is revealing today through the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, we have a duty as Christians to minister the Gospel always, primarily through the evidence of our transformed lives and attitudes. Grace covers everything so that we can move closer to God and His likeness. His Character has been revealed, so why are we scrambling to demand that our individual perspectives be the one that defines this?

    Take ownership of engaging the Word and the Holy Spirit through prayer over what this providential act means. Then take ownership to pray about what you’re supposed to do with it. Maybe it’s a prophetic sign. Maybe the interpretation is yours to share! And MAYBE it’s not.

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