Moral Contradictions

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Does the Bible listen when he speaks?

The February version of the Baptist Studies Bulletin is out, and Mr. Bruce Gourley has a very fair and well-written response to Southern Seminary President Albert Mohler's belief that deliberate childlessness is an "absolute revolt" against God.

Gourley correctly points out what my pastor did his Bible Study on tonight: 1 Corinthians 7 where Paul says that celibacy allows one to focus on serving God and is preferable to marriage. Paul gives his reasons, although one does wonder if he was a bit bitter as in his earlier days as a 'good Pharisee' he was more than likely married. One can suppose that she didn't have a similar conversion experience and thus parted ways. Anyways...

Mr. Gourley notes that Mohler quotes a psalm extolling the virtues of having children. While not disagreeing with that, both he and I have a very large problem with someone of Dr. Mohler's stature completely ignoring one part of the Bible while favoring another to justify their belief. I guess the Bible really doesn't contradict itself if you ignore the parts of which you disagree.

The best quotes are:

Mohler seems truly convinced that without the added assistance of his self-appointed theological revelations that tell the Bible what it should say, the written Word of God is weak, wimpy, defenseless, and vulnerable to the horrors of anyone (read, “liberals”) in the world reading it and daring to interpret it for himself or herself.


And whereas Paul argues that such persons are freer to serve God without additional family responsibilities, Mohler is adamant that in order to be found righteous in the sight of God, one must first marry and then procreate (although he is gracious enough to excuse infertile couples for not procreating).


At the very least, Mohler’s revelation is in the tradition of the New Testament Pharisees who substituted their opinions in the place of scripture and condemned anyone who disobeyed their proscriptions.

In the end, one cannot help but wonder: does Albert Mohler truly believe the Bible listens when he speaks?

Click the link above for the entire article and references to read Dr. Mohler's opinions. The Bible 1, Mohler 0.


  • Thank you for your insights and thoughtful theological reflection. I am a former Lutheran pastor of 20 years forced out of the ministry due to the Lutheran Church failing to be faithful to its history. I see the same thing happening in American churches and politics. We are loosing our ideals for politics and power.

    Good luck to you and your spoouse in your mission.

    Remember, the church is terribly hard on idealistic persons.


    By Blogger Jon, at Monday, February 20, 2006 1:12:00 PM  

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