Dr. Mohler’s enthusiasm for Christianity Today’s response to Tony Campolo’s softening position on same-sex relationship runs into a bit of a hiccup when the writers at Christianity Today dare to suggest they might stop short of feeling “compelled to condemn the converts” to Campolo’s line of thought.

Mohler reports,

in a very curious paragraph, Galli stated:

“We’ll be sad, but we won’t panic or despair. Neither will we feel compelled to condemn the converts and distance ourselves from them. But, to be sure, they will be enlisting in a cause that we believe is ultimately destructive to society, to the church, and to relations between men and women.”

It is stunning that for Galli two people committing to live together in faithful monogamous same-sex loving intimate relationship for life is “ultimately destructive to society, to the church, and to relations between men and women.” He apparently feels no need to offer any proof for this statement or give the slightest evidence for its veracity. Even more puzzling he apparently feels no need to issue an equally stern warning about how heterosexual marriage breakdown, alcohol abuse, gluttony, lust, greed, hypocrisy, and judgmentalism might be deeply “destructive to society, to the church, and to relations between men and women.”

But Dr. Mohler’s shock is not aimed at Galli’s apparent double standard regarding the need to attack certain behaviours. Mohler is shocked that Galli would dare to suggest that believers should do anything other than distance themselves from those who have gone astray in their views on same-sex relaetions.

If the view of the “converts” to same-sex marriage and the acceptance of homosexual partnerships is “ultimately destructive to society, to the church, and to relations between men and women,” how can that distance be avoided?

The reality is that it cannot.

Dr. Mohler is determined to turn up the heat and generate the drama of decision. It is essential that the true believers come out from among the apostate. Mohler demands,

This is a moment of decision, and every evangelical believer, congregation, denomination, and institution will have to answer. There will be no place to hide. The forces driving this revolution in morality will not allow evasion or equivocation. Every pastor, every church, and every Christian organization will soon be forced to declare an allegiance to the Scriptures and to the Bible’s teachings on marriage and sexual morality, or to affirm loyalty to the sexual revolution. That revolution did not start with same-sex marriage, and it will not end there. But marriage is the most urgent issue of the day, and the moment of decision has arrived.

Dr. Mohler is at least honest enough to admit that the “revolution did not start with same-sex marriage.” So, when did it start?

Did we go wrong when we stopped beating our children as a form of biblically sanctioned discipline? (Provers 13:24) Did it start when we changed our minds on the role of women in the church? Did the revolution that has led to such disarray begin when we agreed to remarry the first divorced person?

Whenever the slide into the abyss began, Mohler is clear that the church is in a “season of testing.” And, at such a time,

Christians committed to the gospel of Christ are called upon to muster the greatest display of compassion and conviction of our lives.

But, what Mohler calls “true compassion” has its limits; it

will never lead to an abandonment of biblical authority or a redefinition of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Everything in Mohler’s world is separated into either/or, in or out, good or bad, right or wrong, even compassion or “biblical authority.” And in such a world, Mohler is clear

this issue will eventually break relationships — personally, congregationally, and institutionally. This is the sad reality and there is simply no way around it. No one, especially in a position of leadership, will be able to fly under the radar on this issue.

The last two days have been very revealing. The present moment is very demanding. The issues before us are compelling and urgent. The Bible is clear. Are you ready to give an answer?

When the heat gets turned up to such intensity, there will be further division in the church. The cracks in fortress evangelicalism are beginning to appear. In the end, the thing that is most clear is that further division in the community of faith will only cement the disdain the world has for our tortured little reactionary community.

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