Al Mohler Speaks About the Influence of the Seminaries in the SBC

The following is an excerpt of Dr. Mohler’s inaugural address for Dr. Jason Allen who is the new president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.

“Theological education is a deadly serious business. The stakes are so high. A theological seminary that serves faithfully will be a source of health and life for the church, but an unfaithful seminary will set loose a torrent of trouble, untruth, and sickness upon Christ’s people. Inevitably, the seminaries are the incubators of the church’s future. The teaching imparted to seminarians will shortly be inflicted upon congregations, where the result will be either fruitfulness or barrenness, vitality or lethargy, advance or decline, spiritual life, or spiritual death.

How does this happen? Rarely does an institution decide, in one comprehensive moment of decision, to abandon the faith and seek after another. The process is far more dangerous and subtle. A direct institutional evasion would be instantly recognized and corrected, if announced honestly at the onset. Instead, theological disaster usually comes by means of drift and evasion, shading and equivocation. Eventually, the drift accumulates into momentum and the school abandons doctrine after doctrine, truth claim after truth claim, until the pattern of sound words, and often the sound words themselves, are mocked, denied, and cast aside in the spirit of theological embarrassment.”

I appreciate Dr. Mohler’s statement because it confirms what I have been saying all along with respect to the influence that not only the seminaries hold in affecting the future of the SBC but the other entities of the SBC as well. Many have dismissed this argument saying that I have been exaggerating the importance of their influence. Many have attempted to dismiss the obvious connection between the theological underpinning of these entities and the potential influence they hold that will as Mohler admits, “be inflicted upon congregations where the result will be either fruitfulness or barrenness, vitality or lethargy, advance or decline, spiritual life, or spiritual death.” I am glad that Dr. Mohler has himself set the record straight admitting that he fully understands the value of making sure the theological position of the various entities is essential to determining the future direction of the SBC.

My question is still the same; do we as Southern Baptists want the direction of the entities to be determined by Calvinist theology, that says God and God alone determines who will and will not be saved or do we want those entities to continue to be identified by a “whosoever will come” theology? Understand the future of the SBC is clearly at hand for the entities as well as the seminaries “are the incubators of the church’s future. The teaching imparted to seminarians will shortly be inflicted upon congregations, where the result will be either fruitfulness or barrenness, vitality or lethargy, advance or decline, spiritual life, or spiritual death.”

I believe our world is better served by a SBC that presents the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to ALL WHO BELIEVE: not all that God gives the ability to believe. May God continue to bless the SBC for His glory and the world’s benefit!

Dr. Mohler’s comments can be accessed in their entirety by clicking here.

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5 Responses to Al Mohler Speaks About the Influence of the Seminaries in the SBC

  1. I find it interesting that Mohler said, “The teaching imparted to seminarians will shortly be inflicted upon congregations”. It’s the use of the word “inflicted” that captures my attention. Calvinism is certainly being “inflicted” upon unsuspecting congregations leading, in many cases, to the split and even destruction of that congregation. The Calvinism that Mohler’s seminary teaches certainly does “set loose a torrent of trouble, untruth, and sickness upon Christ’s people.”

  2. So I can’t help but wonder why Mohler does not mark and expose Rick Warren for “inflicting” his Purpose Driven Global Peace Plan upon seminaries and the SBC which promotes him.

    • sbcissues says:

      James,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. The point that Mohler is making in his address is probably aimed more at WHAT seminaries teach and making sure WHAT they teach is doctrinally sound. He is I believe addressing the responsibility that they have as educators to properly shape the minds of the future Christian leaders.

      The reason I wrote what I did, is to show his acknowledgment of the importance of the seminaries and I believe the entities of the SBC in shaping the minds of pastors and leaders of tomorrow’s SBC. I have argued that men like Dr. Mohler have used their high levels of influence to help shape trustee committees of not only the seminaries they serve but other entities, knowing that the influence of the other entities is equally important to the future direction the SBC takes.

      I have been criticized for making such a “ridiculous statement” with people trying to argue that I am placing way too much importance on the influence these entities have. Well, I am apparently correct in at least part of my assessment according to Dr. Mohler.

      Thanks again for your comment.

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