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We Cannot Be Silent by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

We Cannot Be SilentMohler, 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.

Introduction

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.

Summary

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.

Review

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.”

Recommendation

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.

Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology: Together For the Gospel

Dever, Mark, J. Ligon Duncan III, R. Albert Mohler Jr., C.J. Mahaney. Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2009. 192 pp. $21.99. Purchase from Westminster for $14.51.

Introduction

Do these men need any introduction to the evangelical community? The men who comprise the Together for the Gospel “movement” are Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler, and C.J. Mahaney. Contributors include Thabiti M. Anyabwile, John MacArthur, John Piper, and R.C. Sproul. Every two years, since 2006, these men have gathered in Louisville, Ky to exhort and challenge pastors and Christians to stand together for the gospel. In other words, be the unity that is called for in Scripture despite denominational “walls.”

Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology was the theme for 2008. This book is an adaptation of the messages presented at that three day conference. The audio can be downloaded and listened to here for free.

Summary

Beginning with the necessity of sound doctrine, Ligon Duncan offers an apologetic for the need of biblical doctrine to be taught on a regular basis. In what I thought was the best message of the conference, Thabiti discusses what it means to bear the image of God and how we, as Christians, need to be more explicit in doing. John MacArthur discusses the inability of the sinner to repent apart from the grace of God.

Mark Dever looks at five common mistakes from the pulpit by pastors trying to “improve” the gospel. R.C. Sproul looks at a controversial subject; i.e., the curse motif of the atonement–I thought the second best message of the conference. Al Mohler takes an academic look at the rejection of substitutionary atonement in recent years. Piper looks to the book of Hebrews to discuss how Christ will create in us a radical sacrifice. C.J. Mahaney concludes with the sustaining of the pastor’s soul–yet another quality message.

Review/Recommendation

Obviously, the charge can be brought against these men that they are all Calvinists. While that may be true, that does not mean that they are arguing against non-calvinists. Rather, they are showing how these doctrines give them an urgency to sharing the gospel in thought, word, and deed. I liked C.J. Mahaney’s comment at the conference when asked about the heresy of hyper-calvinism. His response was something along the lines of I thought hyper calvinism was just someone who got really excited about the gospel!

For those who disagree with these doctrines, then MacArthur’s chapter will not be for you. However, these messages will encourage your soul and exhort you to diligent study of the Scriptures.

I would recommend this book to anyone in pastoral ministry. As I stated earlier, you can download the messages for free and listen to them. Having attended the conference (and taking notes), I have found that reading the book is better for me as it allows me to interact a bit more with my thoughts and the thoughts of the speaker.

Finally, a reading (or listening) of Mahaney’s chapter on sustaining the pastor’s soul is a must for all in the ministry as well as those who attend church on a regular basis. Pastoral care is often not mentioned and taken for granted by many. Mahaney helps to change that.

Winsday: Words from the Fire by R. Albert Mohler

Purchase at Westminster for $14.94This week’s Winsday Giveaway is sponsored by Moody Publishers. We are giving away a copy of R. Albert Mohler’s latest book, Words from the Fire. You can read my review here.

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Words from the Fire by R. Albert Mohler

Mohler, R. Albert.  Words from the Fire.  Chicago:  Moody Publishers, 2009.  201 pp.  $22.99.  Purchase at Westminster Books for $14.94.

Review

Too many Christians today feel as though they need not regard the Ten Commandments as binding.  Many believe that the Ten Commandments are useful insofar as evangelism is concerned.  After all, only those apart from Christ will be held accountable for there deeds and those are going to be judged against God’s commands, right?  Dr. Mohler argues that the Ten Commandments are just as binding on the New Testament Christian as they were the Old Testament Jew.

He writes with passion and conviction as he rightly divides the application of the Ten Commandments for the Christian today.  In looking at each Commandment individually, Dr. Mohler explains how the underlying message, the root of each commandment either teaches how we are to relate to God or how we are to relate to one another. Along the way, the reader will be challenged to discard unbiblical understandings of the application of the Ten Commandments and may very well learn just how much we have been sinning in our conversations about what God is doing in our lives, our worship to him, our use of the fifth commandment with our children, etc.

With every commandment explained and understood biblically, Dr. Mohler’s words will pierce to the heart and lead you to the cross of Christ where we can find true righteousness.  If you call on the name of Christ, you need to read this book.  It will show the magnificence of what He has done for us in dying for our sins (and oh are there many!) afresh.

You can listen to the sermon series that was the basis for this book by clicking on the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s resources web page.  (The current first sermon on this list is not part of the series by R. Albert Mohler.)

The Disappearance of God by R. Albert Mohler

Purchase at Westminster Books for $9.89

Mohler, R. Albert. The Disappearance of God. Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, 2009. 194 pp. $14.99. Purchase at Westminster Books for $9.89.

Dr. Albert Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is perhaps the foremost authority on a biblical understanding of how we as Christians are to respond to our culture around us. You can read more of his thoughts at his (highly recommended) website, AlbertMohler.com.

In The Disappearance of God, Dr. Mohler details twelve ways in which God is slowly (though not as slow as one would think) disappearing from our culture and from within Christian churches. He takes a candid look at the loss of the doctrine of hell and eternal punishment, the disappearance of even the concept of sin from our pulpits and the distortion of a biblical understanding of true beauty. He discusses at some length the dangers of the Emergent Church as well as the loss of church discipline.

Mohler introduces these twelve reasons for the disappearance of God as a wake-up call to the church. We can no longer stand by and allow God to be removed from our lives. He looks at how things have progressed to this point and how we, as a called-out people, can reclaim God.

While some have labeled Mohler’s works as “too thick for the average Christian” I would argue that they are not. This book, in particular, is written as a conversation piece to open the eyes and ears of the so-called “average” Christian. Yes, he uses “big” words, but that should not be a challenge to anyone who wants to learn–and every Christian should always want to continue to learn. In The Disappearance of God, Mohler shows the importance of understanding cultural trends in and out of the church and reconciling what the eternal, never changing Word of God has to say about how we are to respond.

Basically, Mohler’s message for today is the same message of old, Christ alone will save us from ourselves. I believe everyone who reads this book will unmistakeably find themselves at some point on the pages. It is amazing how we allow, ever so slightly, false attitudes of God into our minds.

I would like to address a charge that has been circulating around the Internet regarding some of Dr. Mohler’s writings. It is true that you can find a good portion of this particular book on his blog. It is also true that when the book was edited, some things were changed from the original post. In no way does the fact that some of these chapters were originally blog posts alter in the least the need for this book to be in print.

First, while Mohler wrote quite a bit of these chapters four and five years ago, they were not brought together to give one stream of thought at one given time in one given setting. It is one thing for a skilled archer to shoot many arrows at different times from his quiver in the hopes of hitting one target. It is another to have that one archer shoot many arrows at the same time at one target. The immediate impact is felt deeper and resonates longer.

Second, it would be time consuming to search for each individual post and bring them together to be able to “read” this book on-line. This book is worth money to be able to own and write in. The more you read it, the more you will begin to see just how prophetic a voice Mohler has regarding these issues. The fact that some of these chapters were written three and four and five years ago goes to show how prophetic a voice Albert Mohler has become within Christendom today.

I would highly recommend this book to pastors, Sunday School teachers and any Christian seeking to make a difference in the church or his community. We must get off the fence and “choose this day which God you will serve.” Mohler has helped us to focus our efforts on the problems at hand and to elucidate a biblical response by the everyday Christian.