Immediately on the heels of the leak of Russell Moore’s letter torching conservative Southern Baptists (including conservative SBC presidential candidate Mike Stone), Al Mohler posted a “very personal word” (read: campaign article) on his website listing all the ways he will “help move Southern Baptists forward, together.”
The timing is a little more than suspicious.
If you were expecting him to address the SBC elephants in the room – namely the invasion of Critical Race Theory (CRT), lady preachers, or institutional corruption at the ERLC and NAMB – don’t hold your breath. Likewise, he completely ignores his role as the architect of the current downgrade plaguing the Convention.
Back in 2019, I had been approached by many Southern Baptists, who asked me to be willing to be nominated as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. After prayer and conversation over several months, I came to the conclusion that allowing my nomination would be the right thing to do. I have spent my life serving Southern Baptists, and I will never decline an opportunity to serve Southern Baptists.
Mohler lists the steps he would take if elected president, including “calling Southern Baptists back to our bedrock convictions,” stating that “There has been no real emphasis on our beliefs in almost a generation.” Could this be a result of leaders like Mohler placing his doctrinally deficient hirelings into positions of authority all over the convention? Or Mohler seeing to the firing of professors at SBTS who exposed the infiltration of CRT at the seminary?
Mohler writes that he will “call Southern Baptists to talk to each other about the issues of strain and stress.” News to Al: We’ve been talking about these issues for years. It’s why we know who you are. You’ve simply ignored the conversation as you’ve not-so-secretly supported people and positions antithetical to biblical Christianity.
In a veiled swipe at the Conservative Baptist Network, Mohler writes, “Baptists have a right to form whatever organizations they wish, but if Southern Baptists withdraw to talk only with an inner ring of those with whom they agree about disputed issues, there is no way to move forward. We must not be the U.S. Congress divided into caucuses. I will make sure that every Southern Baptist is represented at the table.” This laughably political statement ignores the fact that a conservative network wouldn’t be necessary except for men like Mohler who have secretly liberalized every major SBC institution.
Mohler claims he will help Southern Baptists “avoid embarrassment,” saying “we are better than this, and the work of the gospel is at stake.” No Al, the Gospel will go forward whether you feel embarrassed or not. Perhaps we should focus on being obedient and faithful to the Word by removing those who teach unbiblical philosophies and bend the knee to the culture around them?
He finishes his letter by stating he will “commit to leading the Southern Baptist Convention with joy,” quoting the “count it all joy” part of James 1:2 while leaving out the rest of the verse (“when you encounter various trials”), which makes sense. Mohler has repeatedly run from the trial of confronting CRT in his ranks, instead ignoring (tacitly supporting) woke voices like Russell “I know his heart” Moore, admitted lifelong racist Matthew Hall, abusive potty mouth Kevin Ezell, “ground zero of woke” SEBTS President Danny Akin, and professors like Jarvis Williams and “rolled by Kyle J. Howard” Michael Haykin.
In a typical Al Mohler fashion that would make Machiavelli proud, Mohler continues to support world-pleasing, doctrinal liberalism while convincing grandmas in the pews that he is the paradigm of traditional Christian conservatism. Of all the candidates for SBC president, he is the most profoundly dangerous.
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