Seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. says in too many churches, people who struggle with homosexuality would not feel comfortable asking for help with their internal battle.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. says comments he made about homosexuality at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting reflect biblical teaching, and his remarks are receiving support from two prominent evangelical leaders who minister to the homosexual community.
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
"The reality is that all of us struggle with some kind of temptation that we have simply known from our earliest self-understanding."
-- R. Albert Mohler Jr.
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 said homosexuality is a sin.
"We are not a Gospel people unless we understand that only the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ gives a homosexual person any hope of release from homosexuality," Mohler told messengers.
The three-plus minute answer -- in response to a question by Georgia messenger Peter Lumpkins -- has received support from Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, and from Bob Stith, the Southern Baptist Convention's national strategist for gender issues and the representative of the convention's Task Force on Ministry to Homosexuals.
But Mohler's comments were called confusing in some circles, with others saying they wondered if he had changed his beliefs.
Baptist Press requested an interview with Mohler to ask him to expand on his remarks. Confusion over his remarks on "choice" could be just a matter of semantics, he said. Humans, Mohler said, don't choose their temptations but they do choose whether to act on those temptations.
"To simply use the word 'choice' fits the question of behavior," Mohler told BP. "In other words, each of us makes a choice concerning what we are going to do in the face of temptation. We are fully accountable and fully responsible for that. So when it comes to the question of homosexual acts, 'choice' is a fully legitimate category. But when it comes to that pattern of temptation, the reality is that all of us struggle with some kind of temptation that we have simply known from our earliest self-understanding. It could be gluttony, it could be dishonesty, it could be any number of things. But every single human being past the point of puberty has some form of sexual temptation, and we need to be honest about the fact that that pattern of sexual temptation is something that will represent a lifelong struggle." Read More