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Aug 07, 2017 by Will Maule

John Piper Weighs In On 'What A Beautiful Name' Theological Controversy

There has been an ongoing debate within the Church community about the theological validity of hit Hillsong worship track 'What a Beautful Name.' The line in question reads: "You didn’t want heaven without us, so, Jesus, you brought heaven down." Is this strictly true? Or does it indicate a man-centered gospel message? pastor John Piper weighs in on Hillsong's theology.

"It seems to me that there’s a strain or a thread of songs that tend to assume that people’s sorrows, shame, and difficulties in life are enough of a backdrop (a bad backdrop) to make the mysteries of the glory of the gospel known over against them. I don’t think so," Piper asserts at Desiring God. "I don’t think the sorrows and the shame that people bring, without being taught what their real condition is, are enough to help them understand grace."

Piper himself does not agree with the lyric in question. "I don’t favor the lyric he quotes. It fits too easily into a theology of a God who created because he was lonely, and then saved people for the same reason. He just can’t be happy without us," he writes. 

"God’s delight in us is the overflow of his fullness, not the compensation of his emptiness. Does the song help the people feel that wonder? That’s the question."


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