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‘This Is Not the Gospel as Preached by the Apostles’—Dr. Albert Mohler Responds to Andy Stanley’s Message

“There is no joy in saying this,” Mohler said, “but Andy Stanley’s approach, as defended in detail this past Sunday, is flatly contradictory to what Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth.” Quoting 1 Corinthians 5-64:14, he said, “Paul requires that Christians draw lines on this matter, but he drew lines inspired by the Holy Spirit and out of pastoral love.”

Citing Jesus’ words, “Go, and from now on sin no more,” to the woman caught in adultery in John 8:11, Mohler said, “It is impossible to defend a same-sex marriage from Scripture. It is impossible to imagine the Apostles conceding that obedience to God’s Word might be ‘unsustainable’ for some believers.”

Mohler believes that “theologically, Andy Stanley appears quite ready to ‘unhitch’ the Church, not only from the Old Testament, as he has previously argued, but from the Apostles.”

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“This is not Biblical Christianity,” Mohler warned. “It is Andy Stanley’s own invention, and it is not plausible.”

“The sexual arrangements and behaviors covered by Stanley’s own logic cannot stop with what he identified as same-sex marriage,” Mohler continued. “The idea that a Biblical mandate can be dismissed as ‘not sustainable’ can hardly stop with same-sex marriage. The sexual revolution will plow right through that argument.”

Mohler concluded by saying, “The train has indeed left the station, and my guess is that even Andy Stanley has no assurance of where his logic is headed. My sincere and urgent prayer is that faithful pastors and churches will not head down the same track with him.”