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Albert Mohler on Challenges Facing the Church Today

19/11/2011

In a Q&A Session with Dr. Al Mohler at the 2011 Expositors Conference, Tuesday, 27th September, 2011, broadcast on SemonAudio.com, one of the delegates asked a question about challenges facing the church today. Dr Mohler (an American Baptist, affiliated to the Southern Baptist Convention) gave a very insightful reply. He said that the church was being challenged on three main issues:

Can we trust the Bible to tell us all things.
He reasons that there is an attack on the Bible, by human philosophy and science. He singles out the person of Adam as an example. Christians have been influenced by evolution theories etc, and some have decided that Adam cannot really be an historical figure. This is a major issue for Christianity. Romans refers to Christ as ‘The second Adam’ and contrasts the work of Christ in redemption with the consequences of Adam’s sin.

Romans 15:17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
In 1 Corinthians, this occurs again, in connection with resurrection. 1 Cor 15,:45-47 The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
Theistic evolution is a direct attack on Christian truth, and will be a huge challenge to the modern church.

2. The Biblical Standards on Sexual Morality.
Gradually the attack on biblical moral standards will increase. Mohler speculates that the powerful lobbies campaigning for changes in the definition of marriage and reinterpretation of biblical texts on morality will not be satisfied with what they have achieved so far, and will call for increasing penalties for those who refuse to accept their analysis. For the church and for Christians, this may mean financial and physical penalties.

3. Exclusivity of the Gospel.
The third great challenge for the church will be to maintain the exclusive claims of Christ, that only He can save, and that there is no other way to heaven. Increasingly, we will be urged to accept that God does not condemn people to a lost eternity in hell, and that one can be a good Moslem, Hindu or Atheist, and still be in heaven.

I found these comments to be very helpful and clarified some contemporary issues. I have tried to summarise and paraphrase what Dr Mohler was saying, but I recommend that you listen to the session yourself on Sermon Audio.

But have you noticed that each of the issues that Dr Mohler has identified as a danger to Biblical Christianity is being regularly and aggressively promoted by the BBC, and in particular by Sunday Sequence.

Has Dr Mohler been listening to William Crawley?

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One Comment
  1. It is inevitable that these things will be attacked as they are foundational, but we are not to be disheartened and need not fear the questioning of our faith when we know in whom we have believed! Our Lord Jesus keeps His word and His children!

    Matthew 24:32-35

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