Jordan Peterson: A 21st Century Prophet

JP Clean Your Room

Last September Jordan B. Peterson burst onto the internet stage with three short YouTube videos that he created to understand and articulate his visceral objection to Bill C-16, a proposed amendment to the Canadian Human Rights code.  He became the instant darling of free speech advocates around the globe.  And since I had already been following some of those advocates, I heard Dr. Peterson interviewed again, and again, and again.

The first time I heard him speak, I was attracted by a brilliant mind expressed through a humble soul. Great intelligence and deep humility are rare in the same person (especially on the internet).  This uncommon combination of qualities may make Jordan B. Peterson the wisest man I have discovered while wandering through cyberspace. Unlike most dynamic speakers who make the rounds on YouTube and podcasts, he does not simply repeat one powerful message over and over again to different audiences.  In every interview, every talk, every conversation he seeks to move closer to truth.  Whenever he talks, he teaches; whenever he teaches he listens to learn.

I often play Dr. Peterson talks while I work around my home.  In this way, I have managed to listen to all his lectures in the 2017 Maps of Meaning and Personality and its Transformations during the past year.  I listened to each of his twelve talks on The Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories as they become available from May to August.  And because he does not have a canned speech, delivered repeatedly (and practically verbatim), each time I listen to him, I learn.  His teachable spirit makes every talk his own learning experience, and gives him a continuous source of new things to freely share with his faithful YouTube subscribers and Facebook followers.  And everything he shares is held together with many strong, carefully formed cords of wisdom that he weaves naturally throughout his powerful life message. Now I want to share three of those cords that convince me that Jordan B. Peterson is a prophetic voice for the church in the 21st century.

The first JBP cord of wisdom is expressed succinctly in the “Clean Your Room” meme.  I heard that message in his first interview with Joe Rogan.  After well over two hours of hashing out the events leading up to Peterson’s sudden fame and the rationale behind his opposition to Bill C-16, Rogan asked how people could support him in his bold fight for liberty.  His answer:  sort yourself out; put yourself in order. I realized immediately he was basically saying get the log out of your eye.  Later in another talk I heard him elaborate the same point as he told his audience that you must work at being the best person you can be if you want to help others and contribute to the good of the world as a whole. I can’t pinpoint the message for you, but Jordan Peterson gives the most practical teaching I ever heard on Matthew 7:3-5.   Eventually, I heard Peterson actually use the words of Christ when he told his audience yet again that to change the world, you must fix yourself up first.

The second JBP cord of wisdom is “Always tell the truth.” Perhaps it would be better stated “never lie.” Peterson’s long, intense study of the totalitarian regimes that murdered millions in the 20th century has convinced him that no matter what happens as an immediate consequence of telling the truth, it will not be as bad as the long range consequences of compromising, of going along to get along, of living contrary to what you believe is true.  Peterson acknowledges that we don’t always know the truth. Often the best we can do is just say honestly how things look to us.  There is a concise (and lovely) summary of his thoughts on love, truth, and free speech at the beginning and end of his talk at Linfield College. If you want to meet Jordan Peterson, start there for an introduction to the man and his message.

The third JBP cord of wisdom is the one I value most, and that is his unapologetic admiration of the man Jesus Christ.  Some of my dear brothers and sisters in the faith might recoil if they hear the Son of God called “a meta hero” or “a mythical archetype.”  Jordan B. Peterson will never fit an evangelical or orthodox Christian mold.  And his speech is often seasoned (at times quite heavily) with profanity. But I am delighted that this man with an international audience of hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) is talking about Jesus.  I am delighted to know that atheists, agnostics, and secularists are listening intently as Peterson proclaims that the one we know as King of Kings and Lord of Lords is also Hero of Heroes.  I am delighted to know that Jordan B. Peterson is tunneling through centuries of legitimate criticisms of the Church to focus his audience on the light of Christ.

Jesus said “If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all peoples to Myself.” Jordan Peterson is lifting up Jesus to audiences around the world, and that is why I believe he is God’s prophetic instrument.


6 thoughts on “Jordan Peterson: A 21st Century Prophet

    Dr. Jordan Peterson said, very explicitly, that he does not believe in or have faith in, the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. See: Therefore, Dr. Peterson is not a Christian. In another video, Dr. Peterson refused to even answer whether he believes in a God who actually exists. See: Having watched many of his videos, I conclude that Jordan Peterson is best categorized as a New Age Gnostic. I think he can probably also be categorized as a Syncretist and a Pantheist. I believe it is very understandable that some Christians are praising Jordan Peterson and regarding him as a Christian, because Jordan Peterson is working hard to give the vague impression that he is a Christian. But no traditional or conservative Baptist, Presbyterian, or Evangelical, who has really looked at what Dr. Peter teaches, would ever regard Jordan Peterson as a Christian. Dr. Peterson has worked hard to create the vague impression that he is a Christian, or that’s he’s very close to becoming one. I think this is all a carefully crafted deception, so that his videos and books will be accepted by Christians. Jordan Peterson is a fervent anti-Marxist, anti-Leftist, anti-Progressive, and anti-Atheism, so he seems to be “on our side.”. But he’s not. He’s working furiously and effectively to lead Christians and others into his New Age Gnosticism. He claims that his main area of professional expertise as a psychology professor is the “psychology of religion.” He has produced books and many videos that convey his interpretations of the Bible and of pagan myths. He treats the Old Testament Bible stories (he doesn’t teach the New Testament) and the pagan myths as having equal truthfulness, and he uses both of these ancient sources to justify and promote his New Age Gnosticism. Jordan Peterson’s religious views are practically identical to those of the late professor Joseph Campbell, who had a popular TV series on public TV and who wrote bestselling books such as “The Power of Myth” and “The Hero With a Thousand Faces.” The New Testament plainly condemns the Gnostic beliefs taught by Jordan Peterson. The Apostle Paul wrote: “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”(1 Cor 15:14) Paul further asserted “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” (1 Cor 15:17–19). Jordan Peterson is one the “people most to be pitied,” because he does not believe or teach that Jesus Christ literally rose from the dead. He has no hope in a literal resurrection for himself or anyone else. For Jordan Peterson, any resurrection is simply symbolic and psychological, inside the mind of a person. For the sake of the Gospel, I call upon all Christians to stop spreading the untruth that Jordan Peterson is a Christian. Jordan Peterson wants you to spread that myth–that’s how he makes all his money ($775,000 per year, according to one source). But don’t do it, for God’s sake.

    • In reply to Peterson and Parables | Grammas’ Guide to the Universe.
      I appreciate your concern but I disagree with your conclusion that Peterson is dangerous.

      You may notice that I did not make a claim about Peterson’s salvation status one way or the other. Fortunately for all of us, that is something that is ultimately determined by the Lord and not by Baptists, Presbyterians, or Evangelicals. In fact, whatever the state of Jordan Peterson soul may be, God is clearly using him to strip away the denominational veils that have kept many people from seeing Jesus.

      I offer James Fox Higgins as exhibit one for God’s hand on Peterson.

      And Austin Frank has collected a series of witnesses to add evidence to my point. You can read the comments on Peterson’s videos for yourself to see the effect his lectures are having on people.

      Rejoice with me that we can address any concerns for Jordan Peterson (and anyone else)at the throne of grace. We have the sure knowledge that the Lord listens to His children.

        melaniefyock, an indispensable part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ believing that Jesus Christ literally and bodily rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the God the Father. The Apostle Paul wrote: “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.”(1 Cor 15:14) So I don’t make a final judgment as to whether Jordan Peterson will end up in Heaven or in Hell. For one thing, his life is not yet over. I only note that in his public teaching Jordan Peterson states that he does not believe that Jesus Christ literally and bodily rose from the dead. Therefore, the Apostle Paul, and the apostles Peter, James, John, and so on, would not include Jordan Peterson as a Christian or as a member of the Church. Those saints would view him as a friendly, interested, supportive outsider and non-Christian, but a non-Christian nevertheless. Christians today who take the Holy Bible as their guide and teacher must likewise state the truth, namely that since Jordan Peterson does not confess that Jesus is literally risen from the dead, he is not a Christian. The fact that some people are becoming religious or spiritual after listening to Jordan Peterson’s teaching does not really matter to Biblical Christians, since there are thousands of ways of being religious or spiritual that do not amount to being a Christian. Have you ever seen Jordan Peterson confess or profess that Jesus Christ is his Lord and Savior? I haven’t. I’m pretty sure that he would never say that, just as he won’t say that Jesus Christ literally rose from the dead. Even in New Testament times, there were many phony types of fake “Christianity” circulating around, even within the Church, and the apostles condemned these false teachers strongly. This is all recorded in the New Testament. Jordan Peterson, so long as he refused to confess or profess that Jesus Christ literally rose from the dead is on the outside of the Church of Jesus Christ, and is a false teacher. Jordan Peterson is a powerful and effective leader in the political Conservative Movement, and that’s why so many Christians are inclined to overlook his fake version of Christianity. But that’s not what the God of the Bible teaches his children to do.

      • I don’t think it is good or right for a person to boss and insult other people around and tell them what they must believe. But I do think it is an act of Christian agape charity to inform people about what the Holy Bible clearly says. In Jordan Peterson’s case, after watching hundreds of his videos, I feel pretty certain that Jordan Peterson does know very well what the Bible clearly teaches, but simply has made the firm decision to reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is his choice, and neither his neighbors nor the worldly governments should interfere with that choice, or insult or abuse him in any way. But those who are carrying out the Gospel Great Commission of Jesus Christ should and will, from time to time, invite Jordan Peterson to accept (before it is too late) the truly literally risen Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

  2. Just the fact that he often uses God’s name in vain during his lectures is enough proof that he is not swinging on the right vine…just saying.

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