Al Mohler, head of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, says churches are ill-prepared for homosexual marriage. In an interview at the Together for the Gospel Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Mohler said: “It’s going to take a comprehensive recovery of the Christian church’s conviction that marriage is a gospel issue, a biblical issue, an ecclesiological issue, a church discipline issue, a human flourishing issue” (“Mohler Says,” Associated Baptist Press, April 26, 2012). He warned about congregations that are lax on discipline. He warned that churches have “been very slippery on all kinds of issues in terms of accountability in marriage and about marriage.” In this he is right. The average Southern Baptist, non-denominational evangelical (yea, I would guess even “fundamentalist” and independent Baptist) church is careless about receiving members, lax on requiring God’s standards for pastors, teachers, and deacons, lax on building strong families, and lax on discipline of sin. Mohler is right in asking how such churches can single out homosexuality as the one sin they take seriously, when they have long winked at sins among non-homosexuals. Dr. Mohler should have camped there, but instead he blundered into territory where he should not have gone. He said, “We are guilty of our own form of homophobia” which he defined as “ridiculing rather than acting with redemption.” By using the term “homophobia” Mohler played right into the hands of the homosexual activists. In fact, his remarks have already been gleefully published on The Blade’s web site. If some Christians have acted in an unscriptural manner toward homosexuals and have not extended to them the same gospel and grace we extend to non-homosexuals, they should repent of that, but to label this as “homophobia” is ridiculous. The Bible has absolutely nothing good to say about homosexuality. It is called vile affections, unseemly, and reprobate (Rom. 1:26-28). It is not just “another sin.” It is a sin against nature itself. It is a sin that destroys the very fabric of the family and society. It is a sin that brings God’s wrath not only upon those who practice it but also upon those who countenance it, upon entire civilizations. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of this great sin, and that was not an isolated action for another time and place. It was a warning to men of all ages. “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly” (2 Peter 2:6). Jesus died for homosexuals as surely as He died for adulterers and idolaters, but it is equally true that men are saved only by repenting of their sin and never by excusing it.
(Friday Church News Notes, May 4, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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