Al Mohler: The Greatest Challenge Pastors Are Going to Face

Dr. Albert Mohler is passionate about moral revolution and balancing truth with compassion. If you want to know more about “How to Lead with Love in the Midst of Moral Revolution,” don’t miss our full conversation with Mohler.

Here are two things Al Mohler thinks every pastor and church member should hear and prepare for.

What are a couple issues every pastor should prepare for and pay attention to?

“At the center of the greatest challenge we’re going to face, is the whole gender question. Especially the transgender revolution because it’s a deeper level of confusion and urgency more than same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage. And the reason for that is it reaches an even more basic level that is the confusion of male and female. We’re going to have to learn to show compassion for people without harming them by joining in their confusion. That’s going to be really tough. It’s going to take the keenest most faithful, biblical thinking of which we’re capable.”

How can pastors and church members engage with these issues without being hateful?

“I understand people who say, ‘Look, I don’t want to pick a fight. I don’t want to be unnecessarily controversial, so I’m not going to preach on that.’”

“The problem with that is, number one the Bible speaks to it, so we really have no option. Secondly, that strategy is not going to work because someone is going to show up and you’re going to have to make some practical decisions real fast. And if you haven’t talked to your church, from the scriptures concerning these things, you’re going to be in big trouble when you make a decision one way or the other and when you’re confronted by a challenge. And I would say what we really need to develop is a comprehensive biblical theology on these things. It’s not enough just to show up with a Bible verse at the most urgent moment. We need people who are being fed from scripture, who understand how to think biblically.”

“That’s one of the things I talk about in the book (We Cannot Be Silent), everywhere I have the opportunity, we’ve got to move from creation-fall-redemption-consummation to put it all within the great story of God in the meta-narrative of the gospel. But that’s the last one – We’ve got to end and we’ve got to begin every conversation with the gospel of Jesus Christ because that is the great truth to which the church is entrusted.”

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