Pastor and author John Piper recently warned Christians not to watch the popular HBO TV series "Game of Thrones" because they would be recrucifying Jesus Christ.
The topic came up after Piper was asked via email whether or not Christians should watch "Game of Thrones," which does include nudity and extreme violence.
In his response entitled "12 Questions to Ask Before You Watch ‘Game of Thrones," Piper seemed very concerned about the nudity, but not the violence.
Piper stated on his podcast (audio below) and on his blog DesiringGod.org:
1. Am I Recrucifying Christ?
Christ died to purify his people. It is an absolute travesty of the cross to treat it as though Jesus died only to forgive us for the sin of watching nudity, and not to purify us for the power not to watch it.
He has blood-bought power in his cross. He died to make us pure. He “gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession” (Titus 2:14). If we choose to endorse or embrace or enjoy or pursue impurity, we take a spear and ram it into Jesus’s side every time we do. He suffered to set us free from impurity.
However, the Bible doesn't actually say that anyone can physically recrucify Christ. Hebrews 6:4-6 makes mention of recrucifying Christ in an allegorical sense (not mentioned by Piper).
In his long denunciation of the "Game of Thrones," Piper made no mention of the murder, adultery, fornication, rape, torture and genocide that is described in the Bible.
Piper has a long history of outrageous statements, which he tries to justify with the Bible.
According to The Christian Post, Piper claimed that God's "fierce fingers" were all over the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the Midwest and South in 2012.
In 2013, Piper told World Magazine that if the post-terrorist bombing “Boston Strong” motto is "God-neglecting, God-ignoring, God-minimizing, human-exalting, city-exalting, nation-exalting, it’s evil."
Less than 24 hours after the Oklahoma tornadoes hit in May 2013, Christian blogger Rachel Held Evans noted that Piper was on Twitter stating: "Your sons and daughters were eating and a great wind struck the house and it fell upon them, and they are dead. Job 1:19."
Evans also noted numerous other times in which Piper has claimed a natural calamity was from God.