Many people believe the SBC [Southern Baptist Convention] is a church denomination that has denied Rome, and sure they speak of the false teachings of Rome, and warn about a few, and even left the ecumenical World Baptist Alliance some years back, but when looking at one of the present high ranking leaders in the SBC and president of one of it's top seminaries, Albert Mohler, it seems his views towards Rome, are a bit off.
One thing as I write this article, realize there are many out there, who do rightly speak of Rome's errors, theological differences etc, but then sadly seem to embrace the Catholic church as another "Christian church" and praise the move to unify with Rome. It's double-talk of the worse nature. This seems to apply to Mohler. As I read Mohler's writings, I noticed he does not come out and name Rome as the harlot ever, I suppose such directness is left for the fundamentalists who departed from the SBC long ago.
Many Christians I have met, consider Albert Mohler to be a great leader, and there are things he has preached truth on such as homosexuality, but what am I to make of Albert Mohler's constant praising of Vatican declarations?
Let's look at a few examples:
In an article called "Courage and Controversy the Vatican takes on Feminism"
"Evangelicals should welcome this statement and the debate that is certain to ensue. While evangelicals will differ with some aspects of the Catholic argument–especially a concluding section dealing with Mary–the letter itself should be welcomed as a serious and responsible argument against ideological feminism. With confusion over gender and sexuality threatening the very foundations of civilization itself, the Vatican’s statement is well-timed and courageous. In the midst of our present conflict,"
Why should any evangelicals welcome any statement from the Vatican or consider it "well-timed or courageous"? I am not going to trust the Vatican and it's celibate often homosexual men in declarations on women. Notice as you read the article, some of what I have discussed regarding the Culture Wars, Manhattan Declaration and Rome and how they have ushered evangelicals back to Rome, via these things.
This article is odd, remember when the Vatican came out with their document claiming they were the only true church? While he admits error on the part of the Pope and questions the papacy a "bit", look at the title "Not Offended by the Vatican" it seems oddly deferential to the Vatican, while Mohler writes that he disagrees with the Vatican declaration, he defends it too..
"I also appreciate the spiritual concern reflected in this document. The artificial and deadly dangerous game of ecumenical confusion has obscured issues of grave concern for our souls. I truly believe that Pope Benedict and the Congregation for the Defense of the Faith are concerned for our evangelical souls and our evangelical congregations. Pope Benedict is not playing a game. He is not asserting a claim to primacy on the playground. He, along with the Magisterium of his church, believes that Protestant churches are gravely defective and that our souls are in danger. His sacramental theology plays a large role in this concern, for he believes and teaches that a church without submission to the papacy has no guaranteed efficacy for its sacraments (this point, by the way, explains why the Protestant churches that claim a sacramental theology are more concerned about this Vatican statement -- it denies the basic validity of their sacraments).
I actually appreciate the Pope's concern. If he is right, we are endangering our souls and the souls of our church members. Of course, I am convinced that he is not right -- not right on the papacy, not right on the sacraments, not right on the priesthood, not right on the Gospel, not right on the church."
How oddly written this is...he seems to see the Pope as a "sincere fellow", he just "disagrees" with rather then the antichrist leader of the harlot. Such a watering down is a deep concern. The whole message seems to be "Ah the poor Pope, I disagree with him but he means well!".
He goes on to conclude:
"I appreciate the Roman Catholic Church's candor on this issue, and I believe that Evangelical Christians, with equal respect and clarity, should respond in kind. This is a time to be respectfully candid -- not a time to be offended."
If we are going to be candid, it would not be playing footsie with Rome, and refusing to thank them for their 'honest" evil teachings and doctrines. If anything a Christian should be offended by the false teachings of the Roman Catholic church as they lead millions to hell.
I see a lot of "fence sitting", admitting the errors or Rome, refusing to sign the ECT [that is good] but lots of defenses and "come together with Rome" messages, look at this odd article:
"Standing Together: Standing Apart":
Mohler here, rightly denies that the Catholic gospel is a saving one and speaks of refusing to sign Catholic and Evangelicals Together, but has joined on the Culture Wars bus most definitely, believing that there is nothing wrong with evangelicals and Catholics joining together on such issues as abortion and other culture wars initiatives:
"With all this in mind, and with the cultural challenges now before us, Evangelicals, Roman Catholics, and the Orthodox should stand without embarrassment as co-belligerents in the culture war. The last persons on earth to have an honest disagreement may also be the last on earth to recognize transcendent truth and moral principles—even the sanctity of human life itself."
"At the theological level, we must contend together for the ontological Trinity as more than a metaphor...."
"In the cultural arena, we must be vigilant together in defending the sanctity of human life at all stages of development, from conception to natural death"
He goes on to emphasize his beliefs, that Catholics and evangelicals MUST work together:
Seventh and finally, we must be ready to stand together in cultural co-belligerence, rooted in a common core of philosophical and theological principles, without demanding confessional agreement or pretending that this has been achieved. We must contend for the right of Christian moral witness in secular society
"We must be unembarrassed co-belligerents in this battle. Human rights, human dignity, and human happiness hang in the balance. Standing together, we work with each other. Standing apart, we witness to each other. Nothing less will do."
There are many examples of these messages in his writings. And there are many leaders like him, who admit the ERRORS of Rome, but then totally jump on to the Culture Wars bus to perdition, taking many a follower with him, ignoring the commands of Scripture not to have anything to do with idolaters, and those who are of belial. They fool many warning about the false doctrines of Rome, and one can even read online that Mohler is supposedly an "anti-catholic" but the UNIFY with ROME message is still there and repeated over and over. Obviously while he denies that Rome has a saving gospel, he sees it as inherently "Christian" enough to unite with consider social problems instead of antichrist, which is an odd mixture if you think about it and ignores this scriptural command as well:
Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Gal 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Mohler in all his writings points out that Rome does not teach the true gospel of justification by faith, so why on earth would he join with those he knows this of, when the bible says "let them be accursed"?
Check out his articles, you will see the culture wars theme that speak of the errors of Rome but also implicit praise for Vatican stances regarding abortion, birth control, feminism and homosexuality.
Albert Mohler signed that ecumenical declaration called the Manhattan Declaration and wrote an article called "Why I Signed the Manhattan Declaration"
Here you see the theme of denying the Catholic false gospel while jumping on it's culture wars "unity" drive.
Mohler is doing the entire SBC a disservice with his fence sitting approach to Rome. Any leader who has signed the Manhattan Declaration is a false teacher and leader who lacks discernment at the very least.
This video was made by a Reformed Baptist preacher I do not agree with everything on, but he is right about this!...
I signed The Manhattan Declaration because it is a limited statement of Christian conviction on these three crucial issues, and not a wide-ranging theological document that subverts confessional integrity. I cannot and do not sign documents such as Evangelicals and Catholics Together that attempt to establish common ground on vast theological terrain. I could not sign a statement that purports, for example, to bridge the divide between Roman Catholics and evangelicals on the doctrine of justification. The Manhattan Declaration is not a manifesto for united action. It is a statement of urgent concern and common conscience on these three issues — the sanctity of human life, the integrity of marriage, and the defense of religious liberty.
My beliefs concerning the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox churches have not changed. The Roman Catholic Church teaches doctrines that I find both unbiblical and abhorrent — and these doctrines define nothing less than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But The Manhattan Declaration does not attempt to establish common ground on these doctrines. We remain who we are, and we concede no doctrinal ground.
So he admits the RCC has a few errors? He concedes no doctrinal ground....So what? The Roman Catholic church unites with many religions from Muslims to Buddhists to Hindus who do not agree with their religious doctrines but believe they should be unified on bringing "peace" to the world and other notions!.
How is he any different?
This is not a teacher to trust whatsoever, and I believe where the SBC has gone is representative of the false teachers at the top. Let's not forget the SBC is going the way of the apostate churches and has Rick Warren as one of it's top well known preachers welcomed to the last SBC convention.
Oh a couple other things about Albert Mohler, he belongs to the patriarchal group The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and is a council member. I believe Albert Mohler is a Dominionist as well, he definitely is a supporter of the political religious right including speeches with James Dobson and Charles Colson.
Finding out about this event called "Justice Sunday" from 2005 was very interesting and when you see the list of participants you'll understand where I am coming from here.
Participants: Justice Sunday
Dr. James Dobson, Founder and Chairman of Focus on the Family Action.
William Donohue, President of the Catholic League.
Bishop Harry R. Jackson, Jr., senior pastor of Hope Christian Church, College Park, MD.
Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Founder and Director of Toward Tradition and the founding Rabbi of the Pacific Jewish Center.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Charles W. Pickering, Sr.
Remember the part Chuck Colson is playing for the culture wars and leading everyone to unite with Rome? This event was some time ago, there probably have been more recent ones.
Well this is another teacher I wanted to warn of. Many believe the Southern Baptist Convention except for Rick Warren remains outside of the growing apostasy, they do not. They and their leaders are part of it.