Thursday, July 19, 2007

Rumors Fly That Al Mohler Will Run For SBC President

A well placed source at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has informed me that the seminary community is abuzz with rumors that President Al Mohler may run for SBC President next year.

While there has been no official word, this story seems to suggest the rumors may be true.

A Mohler presidency would ignite the Deformed Reformed blogging community but in my opinion would be a disaster for the Southern Baptist Convention. Theologically and evangelistically, Mohler has moved the SBTS away from the SBC churches that pay his salary.

Stay tuned.

Charles

2 Comments:

At Friday, July 27, 2007 4:42:00 PM, Anonymous Bob L. Ross said...

IS MOHLER TOO PEDOBAPTIST-FRIENDLY TO REPRESENT SBC?

Bob to Charles:

If Southern Baptists are as aware of Dr. Mohler's "playing footsies" with the Baby Baptizers -- as we have revealed on this blog -- I hardly see why they would want him as president of the SBC.

He has given tacit endorsement of the heresies of Presbyterianism by having some of their ministers speak at Southern Seminary, plus the fact he has spoken at their conferences. This type of "unionism" does not represent historic SBC Ecclesiology. I have noted that even some of Mohler's students at SBTS have "warmed up" to Presbyterianism in some of their blogging comments.

Our Baptist forefathers suffered persecuation at the hands of the Baby Baptizers in ages past in both England and in early America, yet in our times some seminary men such as Mohler apparently have no respect for the stand which our ancestors took on ecclesiastical issues.

Baptists should staunchly maintain their distinctives, and Mohler's record of embellishing Pedobaptists does not demonstrate that he is worthy of representing Southern Baptists as president.

 
At Saturday, July 28, 2007 1:36:00 PM, Anonymous Bob L. Ross said...

MOHLER'S INCONSISTENCY ON MORMONS & PEDOBAPTISTS

Bob to Charles:

As you probably know, Charles, Dr. Albert Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky has been "debating" Mormonism on his blog.

This excerpt from his latest blog summarizes his thinking:

For me, and as the question was posed to me, the issue is theological. That is why I cannot answer the question except as I have from the start.

Here is the bottom line. As an Evangelical Christian – a Christian who holds to the "traditional Christian orthodoxy" of the Church – I do not believe that Mormonism leads to salvation. To the contrary, I believe that it is a false gospel that, however sincere and kind its adherents may be, leads to eternal death rather than to eternal life.

Indeed, I believe that Mormonism is a prime example of what the Apostle Paul warned the Church to reject – "a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you" [Galatians 1:8-9].

And thus I must end where I began. Mormonism is not just another form of Christianity – it is incompatible with "traditional Christian orthodoxy."


In contrast to this view on Mormonism, Dr. Mohler evidently gives a "pass" to the advocates of Baby Baptism whose "gospel" alleges that the children of Pedobaptists inherit the "covenant blessing" of regeneration sometime in early infancy, or even before their physical births, as per John Frame, who has been a guest speaker at Southern.

As one of our recent posts revealed, C. H. Spurgeon's magazine identified the practice of Baby Baptism as one of the foremost contributing factors in the apostasy Spurgeon faced in the "Downgrade Controversy." The Presbyterian Baby Baptizers were said to have been "the first to get on the down line," and this was attributed to their practices of baptizing infants and admitting them to church membership -- the consequence being that their "children grew up unregenerate, and strangers to the work of renewing grace." (The Down Grade Controversy, page 8, quoting page 126 of
Spurgeon's The Sword and the Trowel magazine, March 1887 issue).

But Dr. Mohler seems oblivious to the dangers which Spurgeon and his associates perceived in the "covenant" theory advocated by Pedobaptists. He not only has had Baby Baptizers as guest speakers at Southern, but he has been a guest speaker embellishing conferences sponsored by Baby Baptizers.

Why is the Presbyterian doctrine of the "regeneration" of their children in early infancy, or even prior to birth, any less dangerous on the New Birth than Mormonism? Why is Mormonism a "false gospel" and Presbyterianism on the "regeneration" of babies is not a false gospel?

Is it not a fact of history that the Baby Baptizing denominations have been at the forefront of apostasy ever since the 15th century? Just look at the history of any of the major pedobaptist denominations and it will be seen that apostasy has developed on a broad scale in those denominations.

Baptists have known for hundreds of years that the "Reformation" from popery was only PARTIAL, with one of the primary failures beng this matter of the supposed "regeneration" of infants.

Mohler and Tom Nettles, and perhaps even other faculty at Southern, have betrayed our Baptist "colors" by their embellishment of Baby Baptizers.

If Mohler comes up as a nominee for SBC President, I hope some faithful Baptist will "call his hand" at the Convention and ask if Dr. Mohler plans to use his office in any way which would appear to imply that Southern Baptists approve of Presbyterianism.

 

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