Mohler whacks his ax for more liberal attacks
First of all, the article proves that the Baptist Press is simply a tool of the Southern Baptist Convention's propaganda machine.
But Nathan, you're just attacking the SBC yet again... so typical of you... pfft.
I wouldn't go after the SBC if it didn't give me so much material. The article pre-supposes to review the book "Exodus: Why Americans are Fleeing Liberal Churches for Conservative Christianity", but merely quotes Richard Land and Al Mohler over and over while the author Daniel Shifflet, is barely able to poke his head through. The article claims Shifflet "crisscrossed America interviewing both conservatives and liberals to find the reasons behind what is happening within American Christianity". Unfortunately the writer of the article did not do the same.
It's the Al and Dick show. No alternative view... none. Journalism has surrendered.
But Nathan, our society's morality is declining... you at least can agree to that?
Yes, but we need to have an open discourse to come up with solutions, instead of presenting just one opinion as the One True Way.
I came across another instance which made me say "Whaaa?". As I continued to read a huge red flag sprung because I remembered several articles reporting baptisms were down in the SBC. Why? According to the linked article, it could be because people are flocking to the non-denominational mega churches, could be because families are having less children, could be for reasons my two sisters-in-law left with one Catholic and the other Pentecostal... could be anything. Yet... they're still down, not up.
The red flag flew because simple logic is missing: If your denomination has less than positive numbers, how can you strut around and wag fingers at other churches with a similar problem? Instead of honestly focusing on what's really happening, Land and Mohler just trumpet their way as the only way, all facts ignored. Instead of seeking common Christian bonds to help work towards solutions... instead of agreeing to disagree in some areas in light of our Lord and Savior, Land and Mohler decided to take the low road of divisiveness and say "sucks to be you!".
Nathan, I think you're reading this article all wrong.
Great! I hope I am. I'd love for someone to rebut the arrogance, willful ignorance of facts, unbalanced presentation, and lack of journalism basics.
Ostensibly none of the above-mentioned reasons entered Al Mohler's mind for why other churches are declining. General Mohler is too preoccupied with sex to sort out logic or self-examine his own denomination's problems. The article mentions sex six times and each instance is attributed to him. Perhaps declining births or defections to non-denominational churches may explain the SBC's numbers, but not the "liberal churches"! It's the sex. All about the sex.
Then, in more proof that the article is simply a tool, the only other issues mentioned are homosexuality and abortion. "We're better than you, and the world will be a better place once people stop fornicating and having abortions" is how I read the article. Why all this sexual focus? Why can't the church focus on other issues as well? I passed a homeless person on the interstate today... I'm sure he cares about the latest update on John Robert's nomination to the Supreme Court. Really.
This article and its quotes reeks of arrogance. Absolute arrogance. Personally, you may disagree with me, but I don't believe arrogance should come anywhere near our faith. Ever. This whole "we're right/you're wrong" has got to stop. I'm guilty of it. I'm not perfect... When I started this blog angerness rose within me as I typed out entries, but now a spirit of love for our Church and a sense of sadness has crept in. We as a united church have so much potential, but I'm saddened because besting each other, power struggles, and our seemingly single focus on all things sexual are what non-believers think we're all about. How can we project the love of Christ in this type of atmosphere?
Well Nathan, at the end of the day, these are still the most important issues and I stand by the SBC's representation of liberal churches.
At the end of the day, Jesus is going to ask how we advanced His Kingdom, and when that day comes, I don't think the use of politics or arrogance will be welcomed.
Stereotyping all churches other than yours as "liberal" and sex-obsessed and then gloating about it is utterly shameful and goes against everything I was brought up to believe. Perhaps the unfriendly spirit and arrogant tone of articles such as this one is the reason why SBC baptisms are down.