Thank you for your comment 3 The other concern mentioned in the sermon had to do with Dr. Mohler's association with Dr. Russell Moore (SEE http://www.biblicalchurchevangelism.org/2014/12/11/dr-russell-moores-lack-gospel-primacy/). I trust Dr. Mohler is exhorting Dr. Moore behind the scenes, yet Dr. Moore's union with the Pope and Church of Rome is alarming, and certainly worthy of public reproof on Dr. Mohler's part (Gal. 1 & 2).
I truly thank you for taking the time to write, for your heart for Dr. Mohler, and for your love of the Gospel!
For Christ, His Church, & His Gospel,
Pastor Chuck O'Neal
Thank you for your comment 2 Dr. Mohler did not apply his statement of faith, he failed to expose the heresy of Mormonism, and his statement regarding Heaven left the door wide open for Mormons to think they are going to a different heaven, just not Mohler's Heaven. I love the man, but that is err.
There is no moral issue that justifies union with those who champion a false Gospel. The Gospel trumps all. We can have no union that undermines the Gospel. There will always be compromise of the Gospel whenever we attempt to have unity with those whom the Lord forbids unity.
Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said..."Come out from among them and be separate."
Thank you for your comment 1 Dear Chris,
Thank you for the encouraging words and defense of Dr. Mohler. First, please understand that I love and appreciate Dr. Mohler and consider him a champion of the Gospel. I follow him closely and read, reread, and listened to his talk at BYU immediately after he delivered it. That said, I believe that Dr. Mohler is a champion that grievously erred. The unbiblical unity expressed by his visit to BYU speaks much louder than his mild distinctions. Mild distinctions are not enough when you are standing in a Mormon pulpit, in a Mormon stronghold, surrounded by a whose who of Mormon leadership, students, and press. Out of love for their souls he needed to make clear that they have a different gospel, that they have a different christ, and that unless they repent they will perish in their sin and idolatry, and abide under God's wrath in Hell. Instead, shockingly, he said "I do not believe we are going to Heaven together." The tragic reality is that unless they repent, they will abide in Hell under God's wrath as idolators. Dr. Mohler made a correct theological statement of faith (26-28 min. mark) that included many terms that Mormons notoriously redefine to the destruction of their souls. (1 of ?)
In Fairness to Al Mohler My Brother,
To state Dr. Mohler only made the distinction of having a different heaven than Mormons fails to give the fullness of the distinction he made. Al Mohler said this at the beginning of his message, "I come as an evangelical Christian committed to gospel of Jesus Christ and to the Trinitarian beliefs of the historic Christian faith. I come as one who does not share your theology and one who has long been involved in urgent discussions about the distinctions between the church of the Latter Day Saints and the historic Christian Church." This is clear statement in making a distinction on multiple differences in theology, including the person of Christ (the Trinity is rejected by the Mormon), and that the historic Christian faith is stated as opposed to Mormon Theology, are two differences at least said by Mohler contrasting Mormonism and the Truth of Christianity of the Bible.
Perhaps in looking for evidence to support your message you inadvertently overlooked the importance of this opening distinction he made.
I appreciate your gospel preaching on youtube and stand with you in not standing with those who clearly stand doctrinally opposed to the gospel.
Look forward to your response.
Love in Christ,
Thank you for telling the truth. I so admired this man's videos when he began to make them, but i guess the emergence of more "popular forms" of Christianity is crushing every truth God gave us in their beautiful simplicity to proclaim. You are a bold man to say what is real, instead of the polar opposite of what's "trendy". God just smiled when you posted this, even if i'm only seeing it a year later. Bless you
Great Sermon! Pastor O'Neal this was a great
Sermon !!! As Ex catholic many
Yrs. ago thanks to Holy Spirit & my father / I came Out ; believing in my own rightousnes I was saved -- Now knowing Jesus Christ ,
Imputed His at the Cross ;my own mother & sister who also
were catholic ; sister Ex Nun
14 yrs.came out; but not catholic church // died 2001//
Not saved ?? Jesus said His
Mercy Endurith Forever also
Job 4:7 or verse Jesus spoke
Unaware of sin --no sin- my hope// Be listening rest of your
Sermons// good preachin//
God Bless --charlie
Don Miller was fired from his position at BGBC after he repeatedly made ridiculous accusations that I "don't preach Christ, don't preach the Gospel, and don't preach the whole counsel of God" and then sought to draw two deacons and a layman to stand with him against the leadership of the church. Julie Anne and Steve Smith, and Meaghan and Tim Varela were very close friends with Don Miller. When their friend was fired they left the church and began a bitter assault on the Gospel ministry of BGBC, the families of BGBC, and my wife and children. The videos at bgbcsurvivors.org tell the ugly story. After 5 years we are regaining strength and getting back in the fight for Christ, His Gospel, eternal souls, and the lives of the unborn in a significant way. Julie Anne Smith and her slandering friends are fighting with fresh slander the whole way. May God grant them repentance of the evil they have done, and are yet doing.
Per Wikipedia: â€śCyberbullying may include public actions such as repeated threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels, or defamatory false accusations, ganging up on a victim by making the person the subject of ridicule in online forumsâ€ť. Iâ€™ve followed this womanâ€™s public blogging and in my opinion she used sexual remarks against you and your church, pejorative labels, defamatory false accusations and then ganged up on you by making you the subject of ridicule in her online forum devoted to your churches destruction, ALL a textbook case of cyberbullying. This blog recording her church-hating antics will be invaluable to future victims. Although we Christians forgive, we must love others in action and truth as they face persecution. Iâ€™m sure Pastor Challies appreciates this blog as well as that poor man and his wife who are the focus of the â€śJESUSSUEâ€ť blog. Demanding people â€śget their rage upâ€ť on a couple and then to â€śact upon itâ€ť is brutal, unthinking cyberbullying. Iâ€™ll be praying for their safety.
What do we do with people who are at different levels of sanctification? We preach the Word to them like Jesus. That Word includes strong, repeated, NEW TESTAMENT, instruction about sins of all types. Some of these sins are mentioned more than others due to their destructive nature. Sexual sin is one of them. And yes, people are fallen and struggle with temptations of all kinds. But a failure to preach the Word clearly, concisely, thoroughly will result in people who â€śjust arenâ€™t bothered by that particular sinâ€ť, even those God mentions over and over (sexual sins). Repentant people when tempted wrestle privately due to their new shame God has given them about their sin. Unrepentant people donâ€™t have that gift from God yet and need to hear the Word about that sin. Bold, comfortable sinning should prompt the minister to reevaluate his preaching, not reevaluate the Holy Spirit. To then say the Holy Spirit has changed and clearly FORBIDDEN BY GOD IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, life-destroying sins are now akin to Israelâ€™s shellfish restrictions is bizarre.
Since we know faith comes by HEARING the Word of God (Romans 10:17) and we know the Holy Spirit will convict the conscience of sin after this hearing (John 16:8), rather than lecturing the Church these men should take a moment and look at their ministering skills. Have they delivered the Word on these topics? Are the unrepentant people unrepentant because of the silence of these â€śpastorsâ€ť? Or worse, is sin being â€ścelebratedâ€ť? If I had a church full of prostitutes, I would be rejoicing that they came to hear the Word, but they would hear what the Word says about being identified by the glaring sin that enslaves them. If they were still unmoved, they would be earnestly WARNED of their eternallity in that place of torment. Their complacency and comfort in their glaring sin would be a sign of my failure as a minister of the Word. To make a bizarre comparison of Israelâ€™s Old Testament dietary law to CLEAR, often repeated New Testament commands regarding sexuality, is almost laughable. But penning a blog demanding that Godâ€™s clear, concise Word and His Holy Spirit be â€śreimaginedâ€ť to compensate for their ministerial failures is a sad sign of the times.
I just got into a discussion with a young man on FB over this very issue. He claims to be â€śwell-versed in the Bibleâ€ť and used the shellfish argument with me as well. Sadly though, this young man does not by his own admission believe in the inerrancy of the Holy Scripture. He said it was â€śWRITTEN BY MAN IMPERFECTLY TRANSLATING THE WORD OF GOD.â€ť And therefore cannot be trusted. He also sited the story of Sodom and Gomorrah as a parable, not an actual event. He said, â€śUnless you can find me the scripture that explicitly defines marriage as one man and one woman you will continue to be a bigot who uses religion incorrectly to justify their intolerance.â€ť Interestingly I have heard these same arguments from my Atheist nephew.
I agree with you, Pastor Chuck that 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 is clear about what it is teaching. Why would anyone, especially a pastor, want to exclude gay people from that list, to repent of their sin? Because it is unpopular or they are afraid of being called a bigot, when an eternal soul is at stake? That is not loving or even sensible in light of 1 Corinthians 1:18â€¦ how can we who know the truth keep silent?