“It’s wild that just anyone basically can have kids,” Piper said. He then quickly clarified the demographic he was referring to, saying, “I’m not talking about teenagers or drug addicts or whatever group that might come to mind when you think of less than suitable parents.”
Changing his voice to a sort of mocking tone, Piper said, “I’m thinking about stand-up American citizens that also happen to be fundamentalist Christians.”
“These people should not be having children,” Piper exclaimed while smiling into the camera.
Who Is Abraham Piper?
Piper grew up in a Christian household with four other siblings and went to Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota where his father pastored for 33 years. Piper was excommunicated from the church when he was 19 years-old, after he rejected the Christian faith, but was later restored to the church a few years later.
In an 2012 article, John Piper recalled the night Abraham was excommunicated from the church. “The night after that excommunication, I called him at 10:00 and said, ‘Abraham, you knew what was coming,’” John said.
Abraham responded to his father by saying, “That’s what I expected you to do. That has integrity. I respect you for doing it.”
John shared that for the next four years, “[Abraham] was walking away from the Lord, trying to make a name for himself in disco bars as a guitarist and singer, and just doing anything but destroying himself. We were praying like crazy that he wouldn’t get somebody pregnant, or marry the wrong person, or whatever. He came back to the Lord four years later and the church had a beautiful, beautiful restoration service. He wept his eyes out in front of the church and was restored. This is church discipline at its best.”
The prodigal son wrote in an article that when he was 19 years-old he decided to be honest with himself and stop pretending he was Christian. Abraham desired to get drunk and have sexual encounters until one morning he opened an email from a girl he had recently met that had a verse from Romans in it. He shared that this prompted him to go back to his apartment, crack open a beer, roll some cigarettes, and start reading Romans.
“By the time I got to chapter 10, the beer was gone, the ashtray needed emptying and I was a Christian,” he said.
“The best way I know to describe what happened to me that morning is that God made it possible for me to love Jesus,” Abraham explained. “When He makes this possible and at the same time gives you a glimpse of the true wonder of Jesus, it is impossible to resist His call.”