Mohler, Jr. R. Albert. We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, & the Very Meaning of Right & Wrong. Nasvhille: Nelson Books, 2015. 256 pp. $24.99. Purchase at Amazon for much less. Also available on Kindle.
Dr. Mohler is no stranger to Christian Book Notes. I have reviewed a couple of his previous books including Words from the Fire and The Disappearance of God. He also serves as the President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can read more about his thoughts concerning our culture at his website.
With only 10 chapters over 178 pages of text, Mohler offers a quick-paced synopsis of the culture in which we live. He first explains why the book is needed and the importance of where we find ourselves in the context of the other side of the sexual revolution. His second chapter traces the revolution back to the legalization of the birth control pill.
He then moves to how the homosexual movement went from being a problem to now being accepted as a virtue which led to the legalization of same-sex marriage which is leading to the transgender movement in which we currently find ourselves. All of this, he argues, is leading to the end of marriage.
Finally, in chapter seven, Dr. Mohler asks the question regarding the Bible and sex and then proceeds to show how the current revolution will, by its nature, erode religious liberties to nothing. In the end, biblical Christians must compassionately share the truth and challenge the culture in our realms of influence. The last chapter looks at over 20 hard questions that most every Christian will need to answer.
The first 100 pages of this resource are an invaluable look at the history of sexual revolution. To say this is coming on us, indeed has come upon us, as a tsunami is an understatement. Chapter two may be the most valuable chapter in this conversation as here, Mohler shows how this did not happen over night. In effect, he shows how the Evangelical church largely lost the battle back in the 60’s and 70’s with the advent of legal birth control and no-fault divorce. The only real standout even that has been fought by most is the legalization of abortion in 1973. Even the problem of co-habitation has plagued a mostly silent church.
His forecast is dire, but his hope is not. Over and over, Dr. Mohler calls his readers to defend the biblical truths of marriage, sex, and generally understood (at least in the past) rights and wrongs. Perhaps a better title might be We Can No Longer Be Silent as biblical Christians who adhere to historic biblical truths will need to become more and more vocal about these truths.
Furthermore, they will need to do so with the gentleness of a lion. This does not mean tear everyone to shreds. It does mean we must stick to what we know to be truth and defend the truth at all costs.
I believe history will show Dr. Mohler’s book We Cannot Be Silent to be the quintessential read on the subject. Yes, it is a book written for a specific time, but it will be a book that Christians will look back upon for generations as one that was a clarion call to arms “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” and “to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”
This book is a must read on two accounts: First, the historical analysis is second-to-none and needs to be understood as to how we got here in the first place. Second, his winsome response and guidance for all Christians, especially pastors, is needed as we travel forward in the wake of arguably the most devastating moral revolution in the history of the world (next to the Fall in Genesis 3).
Christianity owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Mohler as he seeks to lead a generation of pastors to battle.