New View?

In his June 15 comments at the SBC meeting, Mohler — president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. — said Christians have “not done well on this issue,” have told only “half the truth” regarding homosexuality and have practiced a “certain form of homophobia.” He went on to say it’s “clear that it’s more than a choice” and is “not something that people can just turn on and turn off.” He also was clear in calling homosexuality a sin.

via Baptist Press

Do you agree with Mohler?

Is this a change in his view?  (I’m not sure about him personally)… but it’s the first time I’ve heard any consideration from most conservative folk that homosexuality is ‘more than a choice’.  Have I been missing something, or is this a somewhat significant shift?



  • Paul Srch June 24, 2011 Reply

    Well, I think it’s likely that there’s a genetic predisposition to homosexuality, like there is for so many things (such as, say, alcoholism). So in that sense, yes, I agree with Mohler.

    However, it’s worth noting that our genetic makeup – like everything else in the would – was affected and corrupted in the Fall, so I would also say that the predisposition not what God intended.

    And, finally, I’d say that – like alcoholism and other predispositions – acting on the predisposition is sin; again, in this way I agree with Mohler. In other words, as we often say, it’s no sin to be tempted (predisposed) – the sin comes when we yield to the temptation.

  • Brittney June 24, 2011 Reply

    I think the homophobia we have expressed has been choosing homosexual activity as the our pet issue. It is “a” sin- not the “worst” sin. It is a habitual sin- and those are the most difficult sins to break free from. That being said, we as active Christians need to jump on issues ahead of the game. Like right now an issue we can still get consensus on is Human Trafficking and the immorality of sexual molestation/pornography that involves children. We need to be very intentional about this battle now! Just as homosexuality did not have widespread acceptance 20 years ago, we do not know what 20 years will do for “children’s sexual rights.” We are already seeing murmuring in this area when it comes to teens and sexting.

  • steve miller June 24, 2011 Reply

    I don’t want to dissect Mohler’s words or intent. Homosexuality is absolutely an immoral sin uniformly condemned in the Bible. It is also true that it is possible to leave the lifestyle. I Corinthians 6:9-11 shows homosexuality to be wrong AND forgivable. If we have been guilty of teaching only “half” the truth it is not offering the hope of change; we have done a pretty good job of defending the fidelity of the scripture but done a poor job of creating Churches which attract homosexuals so they may hear the gospel, be convicted and converted (and this can be a lengthy process). We are called to love our enemies, not alienate them.

    Churches tend to struggle between the two polarities of condemnation or affirmation, the actual Gospel-mission balance requires greater diligence to maintain.

  • Michael June 24, 2011 Reply

    The question asked was “Have I been missing something, or is this a somewhat significant shift?”

    I believe the answer is yes. Mohler’s statements would have agreed with many of your comments. The big change is for years conservative Christians told homosexuals they were no different than anyone else they are choosing a lifestyle sin. Now many are looking at this and realizing that just like other sins such as alcoholism they have not chosen the sin they struggle with. I have never met anyone who wanted to be an alcoholic. Now the church is becoming sensitive to that struggle and realizes in many cases it is a long and difficult road to get past the sin.

    I believe we all have a sin lifestyle we struggle with for some it is homosexuality, others adultery, porn, gambling, etc. The shift is not signaling out one sin but realizing homosexuals have a sin they struggle with. This change of view has also changed the way the church must respond to homosexuals. We are now starting to focus more on the sin and helping the person with the help of the gospel over come their sin.

  • rbud June 27, 2011 Reply

    I think Mohler’s comments are a huge shift. It represents a clear change in the way that SBaps view the issue. He might have gone further to say that the homophobia that clearly dominates the church on sexual issues has raised an ugly element of hate that sternly goes against the gospel message, and has elevated homosexual sin to a level that far exceeds all other sins. It’s moronic to place homosexual sin above murder and many forms of destruction and deceit. It will be interesting to see how Mohler’s views and comments unfold over time.

  • Chris June 27, 2011 Reply

    Take a look at Dennis Jernigan and his ministry. He’s been saying this since the early 1980’s. And he speaks from personal experience. Search on Youtube for his testimony it’ll blow your mind. He now spends time helping others to find their freedom in Christ.

  • Pastor Rob June 28, 2011 Reply

    It seems to me that other “sins” are not asking for acceptance but forgiveness. The other “sins” need repentance not social equality. The other “sins” don’t start “churches” (Church of Divine Liars, etc). the other “sins” aren’t claiming racial status, at least not yet but if this works for the homosexual it might work for them because after all aren’t we all genetic sinners, see Psalm 51.

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