We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and WrongR. Albert Mohler Jr.Thomas Nelson / 2015 / Hardcover$16.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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ChrisSingaporeAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Christians cannot be silent - not then, not nowSeptember 12, 2016ChrisSingaporeAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4There comes a time where courageous people has to stand up against what is wrong, no matter what the consequence. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. think homosexuality and same-sex marriage is one example of such issues that Christians have to stand up against.
Mohler wishes to show historically what has led to this shift in our culture. Mohler does this first by pointing readers to 60s and 70s the sexual revolution. Mohler then traces through it highlights the various shifts that cumulates in what has happened in our generation finally the call for equality in same-sex marriages. What Mohler does in this book is to honestly bring to light the agendas of the LGBT community. He quotes their strategies and plans and shows how they have achieved what they have today.
Mohler also very courageously talks about his own change in some stance over the years. Mohler is rightly to be credited for how he has humbly stated, in writing what he has wrongly held that homosexuality is a choice, and that they have the ability to choose their orientation. Mohler has now believes that they may not have the ability to choose, but there still remains a responsibility for us to not to follow our sinful inclinations. Here is a lengthy quote from this book what on he said about this issue:
We must also recognize that we have sinned against homosexuals by speaking carelessly about the true nature of their sin. I indict myself here. As mentioned in an earlier chapter, as a young theologian I was invited to speak at a conference of evangelical leaders and thinkers as the movement toward gay liberation was first taking organized shape. At that time, evangelicals were sure the element of choice was the central issue behind the sinfulness of homosexuality and the homosexual lifestyle. Thus, we felt the moral and theological obligation to deny the notion of a homosexual orientation and to insist that homosexuality was, in every case, freely chosen without regard to any predisposition. For this, I must apologize to the homosexual community, including a host of Christians who have struggled to be biblically faithful even as they have struggled with same-sex orientation.
In a fallen world, every single human being who has achieved puberty is a sexual sinner. Every single one of us has a pattern of sexual attraction, arousal, and interest that we cannot truly say we ourselves have chosen. Eventually, erotic interest comes into our awareness, and, as most adolescents can testify, it comes without any warning or explanation. I now know that a more mature, faithful, and consistent biblical understanding of human sexuality affirms that the fall has so impacted human existence that every single one of us has, to one degree or another, a fallen sexual orientation. Most Christians testify that their fallen sexual orientation is directed toward the opposite sex. Still, no Christian with a heterosexual pattern of sexual interest is free from sin or free from uninvited erotic impulses, interests, and thoughts.
Nevertheless, these uninvited thoughts do not acquit us. The Bible makes clear that we are always responsible for our sinful acts, even condemning us for our sinful thoughts.
Mohler ends by highlighting some issues that Christians and churches have to think about in handling this issue. I thought this section was especially thought-provoking and will help christians think hard about it. Mohler also ends by answering some of the questions raised regarding the christians stance towards homosexuality. Regardless of whether you agree with the observations and conclusion of Mohler, you will find helpful materials on the movement and planning of how the homosexual movement has come to where it is today.
Rating: 4 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
JimRon5 Stars Out Of 5We Cannot Be Silent:April 5, 2016JimRonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mohler (Albert R. jr.) answers the questions, provides good guidance and direction on how to deal with today's current issues. Lots of books and articles condemning sinful activities, but just a few that teach a Christian how to react to them in a Christian way; and this is one of the best I've read. The meat of the book is in the next to last chapter, but this is one of those books where it pays to read every word prior to the meat. I wish I had found this book 6 or 7 years ago; I've asked many in the ordained clergy and many in lay clergy and none responded with the wisdom presented in this book. If you're struggling with these types of issues with a loved one, trying to balance funneling God's grace, love and forgiveness with God's desire for our obedience, this book is for you!
Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Dr. R. Albert Mohlers new book, We Cannot Be Silent. is a must read for Christians trying to make sense of all the gender chaos going on around us.February 18, 2016Snyder's SoapboxFruitland, IdahoAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you have been a regular listener of, The Briefing youll find Dr. Mohlers newest book to be quite familiar, as he has addressed much of the subject matter on his program. The book offers a fuller fleshing out of the history, and circumstances, that have lead to our current state, as well as a Christian analysis of it.
The chapter titles in the table of contents paint the picture of what youll read in the book;
1 In the Wake of a Revolution
2 It Didnt Start with Same-Sex Marriage
3 From Vice to Virtue: How Did the Homosexual Movement Happen?
4 The Impossible, Possibility of Same-Sex Marriage
5 The Transgender Revolution
6 The End of Marriage
7 What Does the Bible Really Have to Say About Sex?
8 Religious Liberty and the Right to Be Christian
9 The Compassion of Truth: The Church and the Challenge of the Sexual Revolution
10 The Hard Questions
Dr. Mohler takes you step by step, setting the scene with historical information, about how the foundation for this revolution was put in place, so that in the right environment of postmodernism it could explode. follow along step by step, to see how the plan of the enemy has been unfolding for decades. Dr. Mohler cites the work of opponents, and proponents to Christian values effectively, and fairly in this book. He uses their own words in thorough quotations from their published works. You can trace a line from no-fault divorce, birth control, abortion, and now all of the gender issues. As we deal with the consequences of these doctrines of death culture, Dr. Mohler educate and offers a Biblical analysis. He explains what these changes in our culture will mean for us as a nation, and for Christians.
Dr. Mohler also explains what the Church's response should be in light of our past failures to inform culture. Bad theology, watered down truths, attractional models, moralism, and pragmatism have all gotten us where we are at today. Real love, tells the truth. We have to proclaim the truths of the Bible to the lost. The things that seem difficult are often what are necessary. The gospel is the only hope for the people of this nation. Chapter 10 offers valuable Biblical responses to questions that are already being asked. If you havent given these issues much thought and would like to, or if you are a bit confused and dont know how we got to where we are today, I would recommend reading this book and referring back to it from time to time.
Booklover105 Stars Out Of 5Connects the dots to the moral revolutionJanuary 13, 2016Booklover10Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In today's culture, it seems like the definition of marriage is getting defined and redefined and expanded constantly. Our culture does not have the same view of marriage as the Bible teaches and so anyone who holds to the biblical view is normally seen as unloving and intolerant and judgmental, among other things. I loved how this book help to lay a solid foundation of truth for anyone who is trying to gain some footing as to what they believe when it comes to marriage.
I was blown away in the first couple of chapters at the amount of in-depth research Albert Mohler has waded through and condensed for his readers. I had my eyes opened on a few things that I never knew happened and the church's response to it when it did, such as birth control pills. I was also very surprised at how clearly he connected the dots to show how the moral revolution happened. I've heard of these events separately but I never connected the dots until I read this book. There was a lot of information but it never felt like a heavy read to me.
With 10 chapters, Mohler lays out the revolution, what started it, how the homosexual movement happened, where the transgender revolution came from, how marriage has dissolved and then he goes back to the Bible. He shows his readers what the Bible really has to say about sex and then he discusses religious liberty and the right we have to be. Christian. And then he gets to the chapter that I think so many Christians have difficulty with: The Church and the Challenge of compassionately speaking out in truth. It has to be done in love, but it does have to be done. Lastly, he doesn't shy away from those hard questions that we wrestle with daily or that we get asked or accused of often.
This book is a wealth of information and it is one that I'll be keeping on my shelves as a great resource in these times that are changing so fast. I definitely want to read it again because I know I missed some things. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Albert Mohler is the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He does not take this issue lightly and takes his readers back to the Bible as his ultimate authority.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5The Best Book For The Current CrisisNovember 25, 2015Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What an outstanding book for where we are today! With precise, clear analysis of the whirlwind of social developments, Mohlers deft hand in this book penetrates to the real causes of apparently sudden plunge over the cliff. What he well explains is that the plunge was not so sudden after all.
Where same-sex marriage has grabbed our attention in the last year or so, terrible forces have been at work for decades. In many cases, we Christians have failed to face these dangers and have, in many cases, capitulated to many of them. He confesses that urbanization changed us, but the biggest factors were birth control, no-fault divorce, advanced reproductive technologies, and cohabitation. He is not saying all forms of limiting the number of children you have is bad, but we need not break the link that children have with marriage. Easy divorce dealt a horrible blow to the institution of marriage and Christians often went along with that warped reasoning. Advanced reproductive technologies then took the necessity of man and woman away from children. Cohabitation almost replaced marriage. Along the way, marriage was redefined and seriously wounded.
There are so many more good things here: an analysis of the LBGT communitys devastatingly effective strategy, natural law arguments, and the need of Christians to not surrender to a waning culture.
This book is the best I have seen so far since the major developments a few months ago. I highly recommend it to Christians everywhere!
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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