Christ / Culture / March 16, 2007

Dr. Mohler Responds Under Fire

Dr. Albert Mohler has come under fire recently in the media for a recent blog post dealing with the issues of homosexuality, sexual orientation and potential biological influences on both.

Baptist theologian suggests gay reversals in womb, The Nashville Tennessean

Southern Baptist’s homosexuality view blasted on all sides, Dallas Morning News

Dr. Mohler has now taken the initiative to respond to his critics by clarifying his views.

Having read it all, it seems like the criticism in the media is unwarranted at best and inflammatory at worst. I truly respect the candid nature and transparency of his response as exemplified in the following quote:

Thanks are due to all who wrote or contacted me about these issues. That is not an easy thing to write, given the caustic tone of many communications and the fact that so many did not even bother to read my article. Nevertheless, I learned from your responses, and I am sure that God intended them for my good. I also want to be humble in asking fellow believers to join me in thinking about these crucial questions. If I have missed something, point it out. If I have violated Scripture in any way, bring this to my attention. If I am confused in any way, point to clarification.

I was also challenged by the following question Mohler raised about how we as evangelicals often approach homosexuality:

Here is a haunting question to consider. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 the Apostle Paul condemns an entire list of sins, including explicit references to homosexuality. Then he reminds the church, “such were some of you.” The complete text reads: “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God” [1 Corinthians 6:11]. God brings glory to himself through the salvation of sinners — and Paul includes homosexuality in that list. Why do we not see more redeemed sinners testifying to the grace of God in bringing them out of the sin of homosexuality? Could it be because many churches would rather just isolate themselves from persons in this category of sin?

My hope is that everyone can learn and grow from this experience.

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