Kevin DeYoung, a pastor in the Reformed Churches of America (RCA), answers the question Is John Piper Really Reformed? Naturally the post compelled DeYoung to revisit the ancestors of Reformed theology. Essential to DeYoung’s arguments is the work of famed Dutch Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck.
According to Bavinck, the Reformation gave rise to denominations and churches that “were of Calvinistic origin.”
So yes, John Piper is Reformed. And so too are Al Mohler and Mark Dever.
What do these three men have in common? Well, they are Baptists, and according to DeYoung, they are “Reformed” Baptists. But if we are talking being Reformed according to the Three Forms and the Westminster Standards, then they are not TRULY Reformed.
As a footnote, while this is a hill that I’m not willing to die on, lest we forget, as a Baptist and therefore an offspring of the 16th century Reformation, I too am compelled to point to 17th century Particular Baptists and their 1677/89 Second London Baptist Confession, which was patterned after the Westminster Confession of Faith and with slight modifications to reflect their Baptist distinctives.