There is a free course tool in Logos, where John Piper takes you through a study of the Bible. All you see is the Bible text, and Piper scribbling all over it in varied colors. I’m very wary of Piper, and stay firmly away from him – but what little I’ve watched of that course is fairly good at learning how to study a Bible text.
Piper has so many theological flaws that I hesitate to even mention his name. So… why am I mentioning it? Because I recommend Logos, and this tool is free.
But I feel a pastor’s burden to warn all my readers, because Piper is so popular. He is profoundly influenced by a heretic (C. S. Lewis) and is so staunch a Calvinist, that he describes himself as “Seven point” instead of five.
Piper urgently desires to speak in tongues, but claims sadness that the LOrd has not granted him that gift.
Um… yeah. The Lord has granted NOBODY that permanent gift in the 20th or 21st century. That gift passed before the New Testament was even completed.
When you put CS Lewis, Evangelicalism, Five point Calvinism, and the strong emotional leanings that Pentecostalism causes, you have a bizarre hodge podge of doctrinal sour mash.
Christianity went ballistic when Victoria Osteen commented a few years ago that “we should worship God because it makes us feel good.” Yet, nobody went crazy when Desiring God was published. Why do I mention that? Because the essence of Desiring God is exactly the same thing!
Yes, the free course in Logos by John Piper may well teach you good insights into studying scripture. But – there’s death in the pot. I hear all the time, “Chew the meat, spit out the bones.” Yet just a few days ago, I showed how Charles Ryrie – an otherwise VERY GOOD Bible teacher and defender – has been subtly influenced by the very Neo-Barthianism he rejects, simply because he accepts Textual Criticism and will not practice separationism.
Should you take that course? I’m very split on this because what I saw of it was very good – but there’s death in the pot. I am so very wary of Piper that I can’t recommend him.
The tendency of Logos’s people is to choose New Evangelical materials and much of Neo-Barthian materials as stock add-ons for Logos. The siren call to become an Evangelical is STRONG, to abandon the King James Bible and walk around with a leather-bound ESV autographed by John MacArthur, to accept everyone who names the name of Christ as a Christian.
“Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;” (2 Timothy 2:14–17, KJV)
SHUN profane and vain babblings!
Do a Bible study on “Vain”. You’ll see it means “Useless”. The teachings of any man who has corrupt theology is dangerous.
Logos is an amazing tool, VERY powerful. No kidding, I have learned FAR more about the Bible using it than in 20 years of Quickverse, E-Sword,, theWord, Wordsearch, Bible Analyzer, Davar, or any of the other Bible programs I own or have used – and even with hardcover book study of the Bible I don’t think I could uncover a tenth of what I can learn in 15 seconds with Logos.
But you have to be VERY wary of some of the books they bundle into the software. And that of course goes for EVERY bible software. The risk is even FAR GREATER with E-Sword and theWord, because there are hundreds of thousands of add-on modules for both programs, and there’s (for instance) a very dedicated Church of Christ member on the forums of both programs who is dedicated to putting out Campbellite books for free – and labeling them “Baptist”, when they are not.
Should you get Logos? Absolutely, if you have the money to spend. I didn’t, but one year I got a couple of unexpected bonuses, and my wife convinced me to do it, because I’d never get another chance. Then Logos gave me one free opportunity to upgrade, because the transition from Logos 6 to 7 happened the day after my birthday.
If you can get up to the Bronze package, do so. But go no farther. Start buying the add-ons you WANT – good dictionaries and commentaries. And make sure you rate all the New Evangelical materials one star – this will cause the Logos engine to give those resources MUCH lower priority.
And it’ll send a message to Logos to start adding materials by Fundamentalists, which is sadly lacking in their massive offerings.