A recent interview of Jimmy Carter by Al Mohler, Jr. (Mohler’s “Thinking in Public” podcast, March 26) illustrates both the wickedness of theological modernism and the softness of “conservative evangelicals” toward rank heresy. Carter’s modernism is nothing new, and it puzzles us as to why Mohler thinks it is necessary to give Carter a forum to express his damnable views for public consumption yet again. In fact, I am convinced that Mohler will be held accountable before God for giving the man such a forum as well as for his soft and gentle treatment of the heretic. Carter denied the infallible inspiration of Scripture, saying to Mohler, “... it was interpreted by fallible human beings, who were constrained by their knowledge of facts about the universe, for instance, when they wrote.” Carter claims to honor Jesus, but his position is a blatant and wicked denial of what Christ Himself said about the Scripture. Carter says that one can disbelieve biblical miracles and still believe in Jesus as Savior, which is rank heresy. He said that he doesn’t condemn homosexuality, even though he acknowledges that the Bible does condemn it. He believes that homosexuality is not a choice but is “ingrained in a person’s character” and he has nothing against homosexuals being “married” in civil ceremonies. As for those who have not heard the gospel, Carter says, “I don’t feel constrained to condemn those people as lost or as going to hell,” even though Jesus Christ plainly did. Carter believes in female pastors, saying that in his Baptist church in Plains, Georgia, “we have two pastors--one is a man and one is his wife; they both are ordained and I participated in the ordination.” In spite of these rank, fundamental, cardinal heresies (and he holds many others, as well), Mohler treated Carter as a fellow believer, expressed appreciation for him, calling him a man of intellectual integrity, and spoke of his errors in soft and gentle terms. Mohler displays the New Evangelical principles of positivism, tolerance of error, and dialogue vs. separation. Mohler did say that Carter’s views are wrong, in his opinion, but it was all so gentle and intellectual. Someone might protest that Jesus was gentle. Indeed, Jesus is meek and lowly in heart, but He was anything but gentle with false teachers. See Matthew 7 and 23. This is a major reason why we reject “conservative evangelicalism” and refuse to associate with it. It is not biblical Christianity. It is compromise. It is a half-way house between the Bible and human pragmatism. I will rest my case in a very simple way. All we have to do is to contrast the Bible’s preachers with the Mohlers and the Stanleys and the Hybels and the Lucados and the Pipers of this present generation. The Bible’s preachers called heretics like Carter “ravening wolves” in “sheep’s clothing” (Mat. 7:15), “grievous wolves” (Acts 20:29), “beguilers” and “spoilers” (Col. 2:4, 8), “enemies of the cross of Christ” who “mind earthly things” (Phil. 3:18-19), speakers of “profane and vain babblings” whose “word will eat as doth a canker” (2 Tim. 2:16), those who have “a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof” (2 Tim. 3:5), those who “will not endure sound doctrine” and who “turn their away their ears from the truth” (2 Tim. 4:3-4), “unruly and vain talkers and deceivers” (Titus 1:10), “false teachers who privily bring in damnable heresies” (2 Pet. 2:1), “ungodly men” (Jude 4). When is the last time you heard those terms directly applied to the heretics of this generation by “conservative evangelicals”?
(Friday Church News Notes, May 25, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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