NASHVILLE, TN – If pastors are not proclaiming the truth of God’s Word through every media platform available to them, they are “effectively keeping fields fallow that should be cultivated for the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. said during the NRB Pastors Track at Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville
With Ezekiel 3 as his text, Dr. Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, spoke in a session Wednesday on “The Pastor, Theology, and Culture” about the “rare urgency of the stewardship of the microphone,” reminding pastors that God told Ezekiel blood would be on his hands if he did not open his mouth and speak – and speak rightly.
“When you think about the contours of our current cultural movement, you come to understand just how thankful we should be that we’re not having to start everything from scratch,” Mohler said, expressing gratitude that a “group of very committed Christian broadcasters had the foresight” to establish NRB in the 1940s.
Those broadcasters, Mohler said, could not have foreseen the cultural challenge today’s Christians face. “I don’t think any of us foresaw it coming with the velocity and with the scale and the scope that it has now come,” Mohler said.
“Ideological worldview forces have been set loose in society that even the original proponents of cannot now limit or control,” Mohler said, noting a movement of personal autonomy that led to feminism and the sexual revolution.
“The most basic words of the English language are now contested words, and those include words like boy and girl, husband and wife,” Mohler said. “... We live in an age in which ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is more or less the air that is being breathed around us where words take on a whole new meaning and one can no longer count on a word meaning tomorrow what it does today.”
Mohler highlighted some ways pastors as Christian truth-tellers must open their mouths and speak or risk committing “a profound act of unfaithfulness.” The first, he said, is to speak the truth about the Gospel, which in today’s world includes not just telling what the Gospel is but what it is not.
Part of that, Mohler said, is to speak about the exclusivity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Some people will not understand pastors to mean this is the only Good News unless they go to great lengths to make clear it stands alone, Mohler said.
“We have to be very clear about the particulars of the Gospel. We have to root the Gospel in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. We have to be clear about atonement, making clear that Christ did not die in order to move us. He died in order to save us,” Mohler said.
Another issue truth-tellers must confront is sin, Mohler said, defining it as an infinite offense against a holy and righteous God.
“We only know we need a Savior if we understand that we are sinners. Sinners only know that they are sinners when their sin is identified,” Mohler said. “... We have to understand that this is going to get us in trouble, but this is the kind of trouble we’ve got to be willing to be in because this is the predicament of Ezekiel as the watchman on the wall. We’ve got to be willing to be misunderstood, even misrepresented.”
Believers today must speak about the sexual revolution, particularly the redefinition of marriage, Mohler said, and about the sanctity of human life.
“We are now looking at the fact that America was confronted with the deliberate, strategic dismemberment of unborn children in America’s wombs with tissues and organs and bones being sold on the market, and the meter has not moved in the moral conscience of this nation,” Mohler said.
Also, Mohler said, he is alarmed by the temptation he sees among Christians to fail to speak the truth about the challenge of Islam. A secular society is a vacuum that will be filled by something, he said.
Islam, in one generation, “is now such a potent voice, such a potent force, not only in the Middle East and the area that has been dominated by Islam but now in places where there are massive cathedrals that dot the landscape,” Mohler said, “Now they’re largely empty cathedrals, and in many of those capital cities of Europe, historic churches are being turned not only into bars and nightclubs but also into mosques.”
Christians must be clear, Mohler said, “that the god of Islam is not the God who was revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ.”
By Erin Roach
Published: February 26, 2016