Dr. Mohler Contradicts Himself

I read this post by Dr. Mohler the other day, and it really only confirms that I don’t believe Dr. Mohler is a heretic; I just believe he is inconsistent. In response to the scandal of Representative Weiner, Dr. Mohler wrote on his Twitter page:

Dear Congressman Weiner: There is no effective ‘treatment’ for sin. Only atonement, found only in Jesus Christ.”

The problem is, Dr. Mohler does believe there is an effective treatment for sin: it is called marriage. Is he not telling people that they need to get married in order to be holy? Well, then, please explain how it is that Representative Weiner can be involved in sexual sin and yet still be married. I agree with Dr. Mohler; the only way to solve the problem of sin is the atonement of Jesus Christ which,when applied by the Holy Spirit sanctifies a person. Neither marriage nor therapy is a treatment for sin. The only remedy comes through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Now, the only objection one might have at this point is that Representative Weiner is a Jew, and not a Christian. The problem is that Dr. Mohler has addressed other scandals involving professing Christians, and his response has been the same: repent. My question is, “Why would Dr. Mohler suggest such a thing?” If he were consistent with his principles, he should just tell Representative Weiner and Governor Sanford to continue in their marriage, and, eventually, it will sanctify them of their desire for other women.

The problem is that it simply doesn’t work this way. Not only is Dr. Mohler’s notion that marriage makes one holy a gross abuse of 1 Corinthians 7:2, 9, but it is simply contrary to human experience. Yet, Dr. Mohler has the audacity to tell people that marriage sanctifies. The man is a living, walking self contradiction. He is right in his discussion of representative Weiner and governor Sanford; the solution to sin is the atonement of Jesus Christ seized through repentance from sin, and faith in his work on the cross. The problem is that neither therapy nor marriage has anything to do with it.

In fact, I noticed the other day that someone on the Puritan Board likewise noticed the similarities between Dr. Mohler’s views of marriage and the Roman Catholic teaching that marriage is a sacrament. One simply cannot hold Dr. Mohler’s Calvinistic views of grace, his view that one cannot be holy without marriage, and his view that marriage sanctifies. These views are simply inconsistent.

The only other place Dr. Mohler could go is to say that marriage is a precondition to holiness, but not a guarantee of it. The problem is, at this point, he has blatantly added to the gospel. The gospel is that holiness comes through the finished work of Christ alone [the reformation principle of Solus Christus]; the guarantee that I will be holy comes from the fact that Christ died for me 2000 years ago, and it has nothing to do with marital status. Hence, Dr. Mohler only really has two options if he wants to be consistent: revise his advice to representative Weiner and Governor Sanford [and thus alter the gospel], or maintain the true gospel, and give up his view on marriage and sanctification. He cannot have it both ways.


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