Al Mohler’s Incoherence on Porn

Al Mohler is an insightful and intuitive man. I would never want to suggest the contrary. But Mohler is also a Calvinist up to his eye balls. So much so that he can’t see how his railing against America’s moral decline is nothing less than incoherent gobbledygook in virtue of the fact he believes God has foreordained the sin of every person through an irresistible decree–such that men and women are not genuinely free to choose against God’s determinative decree. Furthermore Calvinists like Al Mohler insist that God’s purpose in foreordaining everything that occurs–even sin and evil–is for the sake of his glory. Sadly, Mohler, like many of his fellow Calvinists suffers from a severe case of cognitive dissonance-itis. As an example take note of the following excerpt from a speech he gave on March 14, 2004 at Boyce College:

“The intersection of pornography and marriage is one of the most problematic issues among many couples today—including Christian couples. The pervasive plague of pornography represents one of the greatest moral challenges faced by the Christian
church in the postmodern age… Pornography, now reported to be the seventh-largest business in America… Without the legal restraints common in previous generations, pornographers are now free to sell their goods virtually without restriction…. Marriage is to display God’s glory, reveal God’s good gifts to His creatures… pornography represents one of the most insidious attacks upon the sanctity of marriage and the goodness of sex within the one-flesh relationship.”

The entire speech is great and worth reading. It can be found here. But here is the proverbial 800 lbs gorilla in the room that Mohler refuses to see or acknowledge. Everything Mohler decries in his speech as wicked, heinous, evil, destructive, anti-marriage and anti-God’s glory–he also simultaneously believes was foreordained by God’s sovereign decree… for his glory!

Yes friends–Calvinism is nothing short of incoherent madness! Just ponder what Mohler is saying and where Mohler is coming from:

On the one hand Concerned Mohler decries the fact that pornography is today’s greatest pervasive plague of moral erosion and as such poses the greatest moral challenge and threat against the Church and her marriages. But on the other hand Calvinist Mohler has to simultaneously concede that as horrific as it may seem, God, for the sake of his glory, actually foreordained that pornography would be a pervasive plague of moral erosion that would threaten the Church.

Concerned Mohler decries that fact the fact that pornography is now the 7th largest business in America. But Calvinist Mohler must insist that God determined that pornography would be the 7th largest business in America–for the sake of his glory.

Concerned Mohler condemns the fact that pornographers can now disseminate their goods unfettered and virtually without any legal restrictions. But Calvinist Mohler also holds that God predetermined that these legal restrictions would be removed from the pornographic industry. Why? Again–for his glory.

Concerned Mohler declares that the purpose of marriage is to display God’s glory and as such pornography is the most insidious attack against God’s glory as revealed in marriage. But Calvinist Mohler must insist that God decreed for God-glorifying marriage to be insidiously attacked by lust and porn. Yep– you guessed it. For his glory.

As is obvious a Calvinist like Mohler has no grounds whatsoever to rail against anything! In his theology nothing is truly blameworthy because God decreed everything that happens–including the growing cultivation of an insidious porn industry that is robbing our men of their purity and sanctification.

I would love for Rational Mohler to step forward and explain to us less informed folks why God seeks to undermine manifestations of his glory…for his glory. I believe it was Jesus who insightfully remarked, “A house divided against itself can’t stand.”

Al Mohler… please come to your senses. We need your voice and wisdom, but your Calvinism is getting in the way.

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About StriderMTB

Hi, I'm Matt. "Strider" from Lord of the Rings is my favorite literary character of all time and for various reasons I write under the pseudonym "StriderMTB. As my blog suggests I seek to live out both the excitement and tension of a Christian walk with Christ in the 3rd world context of Asia. I am unmarried yet blessed to oversee an orphanage of amazing children in South-East Asia. I hate lima beans and love to pour milk over my ice-cream. I try to stay active in both reading and writing and this blog is a smattering of my many thoughts. I see the Kingdom of God as Jesus preached it and lived to be the only hope for a broken world and an even more broken and apathetic church.
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2 Responses to Al Mohler’s Incoherence on Porn

  1. Christina S. says:

    If I’d be honest, it is one of the WORST things that’s ever existed in this world – and the flesh is to be blamed! It’s the one that is responsible for it, NOT GOD. I wish it never existed. This has caused TOO MANY heartaches to girls who have kept themselves pure and did their best to protect their partner from themselves before (and even after!) marriage yet find these men addicted to it or sees it as a good resort to their weird bodily functions. It’s very frustrating and trust-breaking!

    • StriderMTB says:

      I totally agree Christina. The flesh is to blame. Our wills (not God’s) are the ultimate origin and determination of every sinful choice we make. The point of the post was how Calvinist/Reformed theology unwittingly inverts this and places God’s will as the ultimate, determinative origin for every sin committed. Why? Because they allow their mistaken preconceived assumption to dominate their interpretations of scripture–such that they think the Bible teaches God has predestined EVERY thought, choice and event in human history prior to his creation of any person. Al Mohler is an intelligent, passionate, sincere man. I would never dispute that. However the Calvinist theology he espouses and his position of influence continues to make more disciples of a theology that insists God decreed every sinful choice, every porn website, every adulterous affair, etc. To condemn such sins in public while privately holding that God decreed those very sins is the inconsistency of the Calvinist position that warrants it be cast aside in the rubbish bin of interpretive worldviews gone awry. God bless.

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