Al Mohler is arguably the most influential leader in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). After all, he is responsible for putting many others, like Russell Moore, into influential positions within the denomination. Now, many Reformed leaders — in and out of the denomination — are speaking out against his compromising stance on social justice which is taking over Evangelicalism.
At the recent Shepcon 2019 Conference hosted by John MacArthur’s Grace Church, Mohler took part in a Q&A session moderated by Phil Johnson. During the session, Mohler was asked pointed questions regarding his position on social justice, where he became obviously defensive, even seemingly angry and hostile, and refused to engage in meaningful discussion. Some Reformed leaders are speaking out to what seems to be a refusal by Mohler to deal with the issue within his own ranks because of his denominational loyalty.
Last week on his podcast, James White discussed Mohler’s hostility to the questions being posed, opining that Mohler would not engage because of what seems to be an adherence to what he refers to as “the eleventh commandment” — “thou shalt not speak out against fellow Southern Baptists.” White addressed Mohler’s refusal to address the social justice agenda which is taking over Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary led by fellow Southern Baptist, Danny Akin.
Others are speaking out too. Josh Buice, one of the founders of the popular G3 Conference, recently equated Mohler’s actions to a papal-like loyalty to the denomination over the truth, tweeting,
Justin Peters also tweeted the following in response to Mohler’s hostile reaction during the Q&A,
Several others are alluding to the compromise of Al Mohler, who claims he takes issue with the social justice movement, yet refuses to deal with it in his own denomination. Mohler regularly endorses and promotes social justice warriors and even puts them in influential positions. One of the most nefarious of them, Jarvis Williams, is tenured at his own Seminary, and he’s never once acknowledged him.
The men who are speaking out against Mohler are well-respected in Reformed circles, but, with the exception of James White, most of these leaders are not addressing Mohler by name. They should, because it’s obvious who they’re referring to to people following, but to outsiders, maybe not so much.
Let’s lead by example — we can’t complain that Mohler isn’t addressing problem individuals by name if we’re not willing to do the same.