Sunday, March 18, 2007

I really never heard of Al Mohler

I really never heard of Al Mohler until recently. I have not read much he has written nor know if I agree with him on certain subjects. I only noticed he is often on blogs that are anti emerging church.

Yet, lately as i have read him, I have seen what seems to be a side I would not have expected from someone who others link to as such.

Recently he wrote an article on "Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something About It?" and with that took a lot of criticism from his own camp...

He has followed up with this article. Here is a quote from the article.

"I am even more frustrated with many conservative Christians who read the secular headlines without even bothering to read my article. They jumped to conclusions that I do not hold and castigated me for advocating things I have opposed all my life. I have received a great deal of hate mail from those identifying themselves as homosexuals outraged that I believe homosexual acts to be unconditionally sinful. But I also received mail that can only be described as hateful from those who identified themselves as Christians -- people who clearly had never read my article and simply jumped to conclusions or accepted misrepresentations. Furthermore, some who identified themselves as Christians spoke of homosexuality and homosexuals with hate-filled language that literally made me shudder. Do we really love sinners? Do we not understand ourselves to be sinners saved by grace?"

Now this is not about the question of "what would you do if you found out your baby was gay?" Rather it is again about judging others. Al Molher has stepped into the judgmental stream where others read something that someone else wrote without actually looking at the facts. This is often the case of what happens to us "emergent" folk.

Al unfortunately has gotten a taste of this condemnation and like the rest of us "shudder", and asked the same questions we have been asking all along. "Do we really love sinners? Do we not understand ourselves to be sinners saved by grace?"

I want to let Al Mohler we understand... and also that he keeps preaching that we are "save by Grace."



Micky said...

About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].

Peace Be With You

iggy said...

That is an amazing testimony! I am a bit teary eyed...

Thanks for sharing and I hope you share more.