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(Screenshot: TheGospelCoalition.org)Theologian John Piper speaks during the MLK50 Conference in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 2018.
Bethlehem College & Seminary Chancellor and Desiring God founder John Piper believes the theological concept of "Christian Hedonism" should be taught to children.
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The influential author and theologian is a well-known proponent of Christian Hedonism, which is defined as pursuing divine pleasure, which leads to a sense of great joy in the believer.
In an episode of "Ask Pastor John" posted on DesiringGod.org Wednesday, a French pastor inquired about how to teach children the theological concept.
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"How can I best communicate Christian Hedonism to my children during our family worship? Their ages are 5 to 12. What should be my aims and goals? Any tips for a dad like me?" he asked.
Piper responded that he advised not using the term "hedonism," but rather teach children about the concept through "clarifying" and "exemplifying."
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When it came to clarifying, Piper said it was important to "show that the Bible commands rejoicing," citing Philippians 4:4 ("Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice") as an example.
"Now the children see they are not only permitted to be happy; it is required that they be happy 'in the Lord,'" said Piper.
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"And it will involve a lot of conversation about what 'in the Lord' means, as opposed to just being happy with his gifts."
Piper suggested the example of showing...
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