Southern Baptists pay tribute to the Pope

“[Benedict XVI] has offered a brave and intelligent defense of truth against a relativist tide, and he has been a stalwart friend of life.”– R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“His legacy is one of speaking forcefully in defense of old truths.”  – Russell Moore, dean of the school of theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“[Benedict] has constantly spoken for those whose lives are seen as a burden to society: the baby with Down syndrome, the woman with advanced Alzheimer’s, the child starving in the desert, the prisoner being tortured. These lives aren’t things, he has said, but images of God, and for them we will give an account. When society wants to dehumanize with language: ‘embryo,’ ‘fetus,’ ‘anchor baby,’ ‘illegal alien,’ ‘collateral damage,’ and so on, Benedict has stood firmly to point to the human faces the world is seeking to wipe away.” – Russell Moore, dean of the school of theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Across the board, Benedict followed the tradition of Pope John Paul II, who held office from 1978 to 2005 and is known for holding to traditional, socially conservative policies within the Catholic Church, said Russell Moore, dean of the school of theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. That conservatism frustrated many who wanted to see the church move toward acceptance of same-sex marriage. “His legacy is one of speaking forcefully in defense of old truths,” Moore said. “In an era that defined progress as capitulation to the sexual revolution, Benedict stood firm for the permanent things of human dignity and life and marriage.”

Mohler the Reformer??

More than once I have had it pointed out to me by those who should know better, that Al Mohler is in fact a reformer who did wonderful things in turning the Southern Baptists, and especially their seminary, from liberalism. Usually this statement is made in response to criticism over his signing the Manhattan Declaration. Apparently his ‘reforms’ mean he should be beyond further criticism. Yet here he is again speaking well of Rome! In reforming the SBC seminary he seems merely to have exchanged one form of liberalism for a more dangerous form – one which masquerades as the truth. The man who can speak well of the Pope is betraying the Saviour. In this matter he is publicly assisted by the Dean of the Southern Baptist school of theology.

Reading these comments there is only a limited number of conclusions one can come to: Either these men do not know God’s word or they do not know Rome.

Historical view

Historically, Baptists have held much different views of the Pope that Drs. Mohler and Moore.

“…neither can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof, but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God; whom the Lord shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.”- The Philadelphia Confession of 1742

This is of course the common view of many other Biblical confessions of faith. The Pope is an antichrist, yet Drs. Mohler and Moore eulogize him as a defender of old truth. This is apostasy at work.

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Separation

There can only be one response to such men – separate from them. They have allied themselves with apostasy and with spiritual darkness and the obedient believer must turn from them. Statements like the above make the issue of separation easy! Here is direct and palpable support of the Roman pontiff. Sadly, many conservative evangelicals will still see no such need and will still continue to preach with them, listen to them at conferences etc and so encourage the decline of the visible church into darkness and error.

Sources: Christianity Today article, Lifesitenews.com

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7 thoughts on “Southern Baptists pay tribute to the Pope

  1. Dr Mohler appears to be the So. Baptist version of the Anglican J.I. Packer — in one article he voices concerns about the papacy, and in another piece praises the head of that religious state, as you chronicle above.

    “Manhattan” Al Mohler will eloquently catalog Rome’s deadly errors while signing a concordat with works-righteous ritualists to combat societal ills.

  2. These are clearly cherry picked statements taken out of context that are made to look like these Baptist leaders support the RCC.

    Whoever reads this and thinks that should read more of what Mohler and Moore have said on the subject. Mohler addressed the heresy of Roman pluralism just last night at T4G and it can be watched on that web site.

    Affirming somebody’s view of being pro life is completely different in affirming their beliefs. Just because I affirm marriage does not mean I affirm homosexual marriage.

    Lets write better researched articles on those we are trying to criticize which fairly represent what they are actually trying to say.

  3. There is no context that can justify these statements about a pope who espouses the blasphemous titles and teachings of the Roman high priest. You are very selective in your reading it seems. Both men called the pope a defender of truth! Just as a matter of interest, Rome’s view of abortion is not Biblical. Not surprising since she is one of the bloodiest institutions that ever existed.
    It does not surprise me that Mohler and others can speak out of both sides of their mouth on this matter. The gullible Protestant evangelical may be impressed by what he saysat T4G and forget his other ecumenical antics with Rome, Mormons and other compromisers. Even John MacArthur lumped Mohler with betrayers of the gospel when he signed the Manhattan Declaration. SadlY, MacArthur saw fit to invite him to his Shepherds’ conference just weeks later.

  4. “There is no context that can justify these statements about a pope who espouses the blasphemous titles and teachings of the Roman high priest.”

    By this logic, all truth does not actually belong to God, but to conservative, evangelical Protestants only.

    I think it’s seriously arrogant to say that someone (like Mohler) can’t affirm that a person of another faith (the pope) can say anything that is true. This is especially so given the fact that you have largely ignored his broader teaching about Catholicism and Mormonism, both which he has explicitly stated are in complete theological error and guilty of grave heresy.

    If an atheist is standing next to me at the abortion clinic, I’m going to recognize the common grace that God’s given them to value life on all levels, even if I disagree with their godlessness.

    This is a textbook case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater and lacking the discernment to walk a balanced line without falling off either edge.

  5. It is not arrogance or a lack of discernment at all to take issue with the ‘truth’ that the Pope speaks. It is quite the opposite in fact!
    The pope speaks truth in the way that the devil did in Matthew 4:6 and the Pharisees did in Matthew 15:6. In both those instances the very truth of God was presented but in a fashion that made the cited words of God an empty lie.In both instances the cited words of God were opposed by Christ! There is not a single cardinal issue of the faith that Rome has not perverted and destroyed. Rome’s christ is not the Christ of the Bible. Rome’s god is not the God of the Bible. In fact, Rome destroys the Bible itself by its papal magisterial authority. Not much room left for truth!!
    I am not sure how you can reconcile the claim that Rome is guilty of ‘grave heresy’ and yet be a brave and intelligent defender of the old truths according Mohler and Moore. That is the hypocritical double-speak of modern ecumenical compromise and a sell-out of the gospel.
    Just a brief comment on your illustration of the atheist at the abortion clinic. The only way that you will be able to maintain a joint witness is to protest abortion while remaining silent about God! Such a relationship simply cannot work. It may seem a clever argument but it is foolish in the extreme. No atheist is going to want to stand with me if I protest abortion of the grounds that it is contrary to the Law of the eternal God, which is the real reason to protest against it.

  6. “The pope speaks truth in the way that the devil did in Matthew 4:6 and the Pharisees did in Matthew 15:6.”

    I fail to see how saying “All life, including the day old fetus, is worth saving” is anywhere near the same magnitude as the Father of Lies purposely attempting to seduce the Son of Man to sin against God. It’s not the same at all.

    I believe that you have an incorrect view of where truth lies and to whom it belongs. Scripture itself says that there is truth to be discerned from nature’s witness to the glory of God APART from Scripture! Truth is does not belong to any human, but to God. If Scripture is innerant, then even the Cretans spoke truth, as Paul tells Titus.

    I never suggested a synergy with the atheist or a partnering. I said they had been given the common grace to recognize God’s truth despite their godlessness.

  7. It is one thing to speak of ‘truth’ in the context of ‘today is Thursday’; quite another to refer to truth is a spiritual context. When Mohler an Moore stated that pope Benedict XVI “has offered a brave and intelligent defense of truth against a relativist tide, and he has been a stalwart friend of life” and that “His legacy is one of speaking forcefully in defense of old truths,” they crossed a line that promotes fellowship with Rome to evangelicals as a beneficial thing, had them identify Rome with truth and themselves with Rome. You may not like it, but that is how it is.
    You may never have thought of why Rome is actually against abortion. It is because these infants die in an unbaptized condition and so, according to her blasphemous/unbiblical doctrine, go to Limbo in eternity! The vast majority of unthinking Protestants who protest abortion think that Rome is on the same page they are! In fact it has long been (See Vactican II Decree on Ecumenism) Rome’s deliberate policy to engage evangelicals in these kinds of issues to soften opposition to her in other areas. The policy obviously works. When Mohler and Moore said what they did about Benedict, Rome and the Devil pronounced Q.E.D.!!

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