LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In a press conference held Oct. 5 at the beginning of the three-day Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) annual meeting, Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, rejected claims of critics that he supports reparative therapy for same-sex attracted individuals, a view that is discussed in his new book, “We Cannot Be Silent,” releasing October 27, 2015.
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“We do not believe that homosexuals are to be converted to heterosexuality,” Mohler said in a written statement to the press for a news conference held to respond to LGBT protesters. Mohler was joined in the news conference by Heath Lambert, executive director of ACBC.
“We believe that all same-sex sexual activity is sin and that marriage can only be the conjugal union of a man and a woman,” Mohler said. “We believe that no one has the right (or even the ability) to ‘change’ gender. But we are not calling the LGBT community to be converted to heterosexuality. Rather, we are calling everyone, regardless of sexual or gender identity, to be converted to new life in Christ — a new life that begins in conversion and leads to a life of wholeness and holiness as defined by the Bible in obedience to Christ.”
Mohler, who hosts “The Briefing” daily podcast and is the No. 2 top religion blogger as identified by Newsmax Magazine, admits in his new book “We Cannot Be Silent” Christians have sinned against homosexuals by speaking carelessly about the nature of their sin in the past.
“As a young theologian I was invited to speak at a conference of evangelical leaders and thinkers as the movement toward gay liberation was first taking organized shape,” Mohler writes in “We Cannot Be Silent.” “At the time, evangelicals were sure the element of choice was the central issue behind the sinfulness of homosexuality and the homosexual lifestyle. Thus, we felt the moral and theological obligation to deny the notion of a homosexual ‘orientation’ and to insist that homosexuality was, in every case, freely chosen without regard to predisposition.
“For this, I must apologize to the homosexual community,” he continued, “including a host of Christians who have struggled to be biblically faithful even as they have struggled with same-sex orientation.”
In his new book, Mohler advocates that individuals of faith cannot be silent on speaking biblical truth about God’s design for sexuality while warning Christians must do so in a way that does not minimize the reality of the struggle faced by homosexual and transgender persons. Mohler repeatedly notes all sin – from which no one is immune – is just as horrifying and deadly as homosexual sin.
Giving readers a clear understanding of what is at stake in believing the lie of the sexual revolution taking place in our nation, Mohler provides readers practical examples of how to face the challenge of believing, living and engaging the culture faithfully.
“We Cannot Be Silent” releases nationwide October 27, 2015. For more information, visit http://www.WeCannotBeSilent.com.