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Why Al Mohler is a Heretic

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on April 10, 2012

Big AlListen friends, the gospel of progressive justification is a false gospel; it’s just that simple. I don’t care how educated Al is, how many followers he has, or anything else save the gospel he preaches. In the following video trailer from the 2011 Resolved Conference, Al Mohler states that the only purpose of the law in the life of a believer is to show us our ongoing need for salvation. Of course, he doesn’t word it that way. He states that believers have an ongoing need for Christ (which no Christian would refute), but note carefully: he is speaking in context of our initial salvation. So, instead of saying plainly that Christians need to be continually saved, or continually justified, he replaces that wording with “Christ.” However, again, the context is clearly salvation. He is saying that we need Christ in the same way that we needed Him for salvation.

Mohler is also saying that the law has the same relationship/purpose to unbelievers as it does believers: to show us our need for Christ. So, obviously, this is in contrast to any ability on the part of the believer to keep it. All the law can do is show NEED. Need for what? Well, what’s the context? Mohler also presents an either/or choice in regard to the law: it either shows us our need for Christ (again, what need specifically?), or we are using it to “rescue ourselves from sin.” Hmmm, what does it mean to “rescue ourselves from sin”? I believe Mohler deliberately uses the word “rescue” instead of “save” in order to add nuance to his point. “Rescue” is less direct, and could refer to a believer trying to overcome sin on his own. This is the same reason he replaces “salvation” with “Christ” in his prior point. It’s deliberate deception. Excluded is any mention that the law can be used by the believer to please God and glorify Him in all we do by “observing all that I have commanded.”

Mohler’s trailer starts at 1:35.

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  1. Born4Battle said, on April 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    I don’t suppose sending you Al Mohler’s stance on the third use of the law as necessary to teach us how to behave would change your opinion, so I won’t. You would only tell us he was lying to us.

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    • paulspassingthoughts said, on April 10, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      B4B,
      Or….I would say he contradicted himself, or….I would check the date and see if his views have changed since then. The video is, what it is. How would a contradiction change that? And why wouldn’t I say he was lying? We are all totally depraved, right?

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  2. JC said, on April 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Wow. I have seen you basically pronounce every faithful teacher of God’s word as a heretic from Augustine, now, all the way to Al Mohler, and every one in between.

    So then, tell us Paul, are you the only faithful one left? Who can we trust, if not the giants that bled to hand down this faith to us, you?

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    • paulspassingthoughts said, on April 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      JC,

      LOL! Do you really expect me to take that comment seriously? What Bible are you reading? Your mentality that faithful teachers of truth have been hanging on trees everywhere for centuries is not biblical thinking at all. The Scriptures are clear about the last age–truth will be the exception, and not the rule. The Apostle Paul continually exhorted Christians to hold him accountable according to the Scriptures as opposed to the New Calvinists who PLAINLY teach that authority = truth.

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  3. JC said, on April 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Of course I expect you to take it seriously. I know that there are not “faithful teachers of truth… hanging on trees everywhere.” In fact, the vast majority of what passes for evangelicalism across this land is nothing more that lukewarm religiosity just waiting to be spit out of the Lord Jesus’ mouth. This I know.

    But in reality, as I’ve followed your website, all I’ve ever seen you do is make ridiculous accusations against the small handful of people truly exhorting people to live God-fearing, holy lives unto the Lord. Of the hundreds of posts on this site, I may have agreed with a piece of a paragraph every once in a while. Half the time, I simply can not see how you draw the conclusions you draw from people’s statements. It baffles me.

    I go to the church of one of the people you blast all the time, and I have never once heard anyone teach the things you talk about. Never. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Holiness in all of the life of the believer, living a life pleasing to God (yes, pleasing him by our active participation in our sanctification), trusting God for everything: this is what we’re taught, nothing like you explain here on your website. No nuanced double-speak. No secret plan about New Calvinism. Nothing like your incredible claims here. Not even a hint or whiff of your “total depravity of the saints.”

    You know though, there is one that is called the accuser of the brethren, and he accuses [the brethren] before our God day and night.

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    • paulspassingthoughts said, on April 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      JC,

      The only one I blast here all the time that is from Minneapolis, Minnesota is John Piper. IF your defense in paragraph 3 is in regard to Piper, you are simply a person that is heavily medicated. Also, like all New Calvinists, your truth is based on the authority and mystique of these men, and not Scripture. I just finished reading a post by the author of UnReformed in which he/she(?) writes about Neo-Calvinists who cite the writings of Driscoll et al and have read very little of the Bible themselves. So true. It is ever so clear that these men are the authority and not Scripture.

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  4. JC said, on April 11, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Actually, I don’t take any medication. I am not defending John Piper. He’s a big boy, he can defend himself. What I’m telling you is that the stuff you define here is not what is taught at this church[PERIOD]. I don’t know how else to make you believe that. And I can care less about the “mystique” of a person. What does that mean anyway? I’ve never been a “fan” of anyone. You are plainly out of your mind if you think I will put my ultimate trust in a man, save Jesus Christ.

    The bottom line is though, Paul, we all have to learn from someone. We can’t just go rewriting history, and label everyone who came before us as a heretic. Oh wait, that’s exactly what you’re trying to do here.

    You got some serious bitterness going on. You need to let that go man, and move on.

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    • paulspassingthoughts said, on April 11, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      JC,
      “Everyone”? A quick glance in the sidebar of this blog refutes that. If you don’t like what’s written on this blog–turn the channel.

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  5. paulspassingthoughts said, on September 3, 2012 at 7:30 AM

    Reblogged this on Clearcreek Chapel Watch.

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