Are you a Christian hedonist?

Should you be?  The short answer, according to John Piper, is yes.  In Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, Piper makes his case for why he believes the Bible teaches that we should all be Christian hedonists.  This is a book that I can highly recommend.  It was originally written about 25 years ago (1986)  and a revised edition has been released this year.  The book will be helpful for Christians of any maturity level but I think it will be most helpful for younger or newer believers.  It will drive them to Scriptures to see whether Piper’s claims and explanations are true.  It will also serve to get rid of some of the stereotypes placed on Christians.

Piper lives by the motto “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him”.  Starting with this he lays out the biblical case that all Christians should be Christian hedonists.  Christian hedonism is defined as a philosophy of life in which Christians seek to maximize their joy with the understanding that the only true way to accomplish this is to seek it in Christ.  As our joy in Christ grows He receives more glory.

This book is saturated with Scripture.  Piper backs up everything he says by proving it from the word of God.  He also quotes other sources extensively such as Jonathan Edwards, C.S. Lewis, an many, many more.  He deals with many areas Christians can exercise their Christian hedonism such as worship, love, Scripture, prayer, money, marriage, missions, and sufferings.  Christian hedonism should touch every aspect of the believers life and draw him/her closer to God.

Do yourself a favor and read this book……

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Multnomah Publishers as part of their Blogging for Books review program. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

7 Responses to Are you a Christian hedonist?

  1. Omar Faruque says:

    To learn more about religion and the doctrine of facism, we must need to know the truth first. But misfortune of ordinary human that truth is always expensive and effortful. In Abrahamic religion there is no teaching of spiritual purity. In christianity God died on the hands of jews, so he failed to pass the test, his death in the vulnerable truth that he was a so called powerless funny God. to revealed to thruth read my latest post uncvering the truth about son of God- bizzaire truth [LINK DELETED BY TOM]


    • Tom Shelton says:


      You said

      In Abrahamic religion there is no teaching of spiritual purity.

      You have no understanding of what is taught by Christianity. God requires perfection from His people. They are unable to attain it so He sent Jesus to die on a cross so that His righteousness can be imputed to His people. They are then pure…not by their own efforts but by the efforts of Jesus.

      Also, I deleted your link from the previous post. I will ask you one my time to refrain form posting links to non-Christians sites (that includes your website). Make your points in the comments on my site and we can discuss them and maybe others will want to participate.


  2. Rebekah says:


    I have listened to John Piper’s online sermons concerning Christian Hedonism. I am thinking about buying the book you are talking about because I assume it contains more than what John has said in his sermons. First of all, have you listened to his sermons to be able to make the comparison to the book? Also….Does the book contain more info?


    • Tom Shelton says:


      I have not listened to the sermons so I can’t compare them to the book. The book is worth reading. It does a very good job of explaining what Piper means by Christian hedonism and why it is important.

      Sorry I could not be more help.


  3. Tom Shelton says:


    you do not understand what Piper means when he uses the term “Christian Hedonist”. Piper means that we get the most joy when we are most satisfied in God. So there is no “look(ing) inward for self satisfaction”……it all has to do with looking to God for our fulfillment. If we are looking inward then we are not where we need to be.

    Also, you refer to being “anointed”, anointing is the outward sign of being set apart for a purpose. We also use the word sanctified for this. Being sanctified is an act and it is also a process…both done by God alone. I am not sure what you reference to anointing, or sanctification, has to do with my original post so you will need to clarify it in order for me to respond.


    • Tonya Prater says:

      I think I understand yours and Piper’s point – we must seek God and the things of God (Holy Spirit) and surrender whole heartedly to God to be satisfied with/in God. God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit but if we don’t allow the Holy Spirit first place in our lives He will not force His will, plan or purpose in our lives.

      The joy that surpasses all understanding is available to all Christians, but will we all obtain that level of joy? I believe only those of us who seek full joy in Christ will receive that fullness of joy, and likewise….. love and peace.


  4. Tom Shelton says:


    I think you basically have it. All believers will reach the full level of joy but only at the point we step into eternity and God completes our sanctification. Until then we will have to be content with our current state of joy, which is hopefully growing each day as we get closer to God.


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