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John Piper Confronts Sin of Racism, Including His Own

By Lillian Kwon | Christian Post Reporter

Bloodlines: Race, Cross and the Christian by John Piper

Evangelical theologian John Piper admits it: he was “racist to the core” and a born-again Christian at the same time.

But thankfully, he says, “God had mercy on this teenage racist who little by little was awakened to something beautiful – namely racial diversity – and to something horrible – namely my own sin – and to repentance as an ongoing way of life.”

The influential pastor tackled the controversial issue of racism on Thursday at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, a predominantly black church in Minneapolis. He addressed a diverse audience as he spoke about his latest book, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, where he defined racism this way: The heart that believes one race is more valuable than another is a sinful heart.

While Piper has come a long way from his years as essentially a white supremacist, he made it clear that he was not there to lift himself up as a shining example for others to follow. But he wanted to convey the seriousness of the issue.

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