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June 5, 2012
 

Newsmax Makes Sizable Leap with Mohler Statement

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Written by: Joe Christian
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Newsmax – a large conservative news source – stated in the opening paragraph of its article titled: “Baptist Leader: ‘Gay revolution’ Shaking Christianity” that:

“Albert Mohler, one of the nation’s most influential Baptist and evangelical leaders, asserts that the Christian church faces a “gay revolution” challenge that is “shaking its foundations” like few others have since the death of Christ.”

 

I must tell you – when I first read this I got angry with Albert Mohler for two reasons: 1) Christ’s death didn’t shake the foundations of Christianity, it established and solidified them. 2) To compare ANYTHING to the death of Christ in the value of its impact or importance is utter ignorance to say the least.

I prepared myself to write a response dressing Mohler down for making such an absurd statement.  However, further down in the same article, Newsmax provided a link to Albert Mohler’s actual opinion piece which you can access here.

By clicking on it and reading the Pastor’s article in full, I came to discover that Albert Mohler made no such statement. The writer for Newsmax took the liberty of comparing the gay issue to the death of Christ and attributed the statement to Mohler as if he himself had said it.  This is unacceptable in news.  The writer makes Dr. Mohler come off as though he believes the behavior of homosexuality to be the equivalent in atrocity to the murder of our Savior.  When what Mohler actually said was, “The Christian church has faced no shortage of challenges in its 2,000-year history. But now it’s facing a challenge that is shaking its foundations: homosexuality.”

That’s it.  He simply said this issue was the current issue that was shaking up Christianity.  No mention of nor comparison to the death of Jesus Christ. This may seem small to some, but this is how media twists fairly moderate statements into something that sounds just this side of lunacy.  Newsmax has made Albert Mohler sound like a gay-hating radical.  When in fact, if you read his actual opinion piece, he isn’t that at all.  He’s not even attacking homosexuals. He’s admonishing the church.

Mohler goes on to make a very good argument as to the progressive moral decline in this country and even goes on to say:

“In this most awkward cultural predicament, evangelicals must be excruciatingly clear that we do not speak about the sinfulness of homosexuality as if we have no sin. As a matter of fact, it is precisely because we have come to know ourselves as sinners and of our need for a savior that we have come to faith in Jesus Christ. Our greatest fear is not that homosexuality will be normalized and accepted, but that homosexuals will not come to know of their own need for Christ and the forgiveness of their sins.”

Mohler is saying that if churches move away from God’s Word and start to accept habitual sin because they are serving the creature more than the Creator, the creature suffers because it never comes to the knowledge of its need for salvation. Is it any coincidence that he would make this statement, when the Holy Spirit declared through Paul in Romans 1 that:

“Because when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became as fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, Who is blessed forever. Amen.”? (Romans 1:21-25)

Albert Mohler was saying “It’s not the homosexuals. It’s the church not doing its job to help the sinner find redemption.  We’re letting them down!”  Dr. Mohler was not attacking homosexuals, he was attacking the Laodiceans.  He was saying we can’t just be Christian with the parts that make us comfortable and allow us to dodge conflict.  We either believe, or we do not believe.  We must be hot or cold – not luke warm.

And as far as I’m concerned, Newsmax needs to print a retraction for a gross misrepresentation of the point of Dr. Mohler’s plea. Shame on you, Newsmax. Keep your context straight. You affect credibility.

What deeply concerned me about this incident is my immediate assumption that Newsmax had its facts straight. I nearly attacked a fellow Christian for something he never said. As for myself (and I think there are others like this too), I have this assumption that if an article is written and printed, it has been checked and double-checked to ensure its accuracy.

This event reiterated to me that we must be careful not to automatically assume printed news is truth. We must be careful to take the time to check the facts for ourselves.  And if we are not willing to put forth the time to do our own research and separate fact from fiction, it is best we say nothing at all.

In Pursuit of Accuracy,

The Informed Servant

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About the Author

Joe Christian
Joe Christian is a student of God's Word. He has no formal education, but has spent the better part of 20 years studying The Bible by following subject and object, and studying the original languages of the Scriptures. You can too.



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