A Baptist leader speaking at BYU this week declared, “I do not believe that we are going to heaven together, but I do believe we may go to jail together” in addressing the fundamental concerns that we as people with religious conviction share. Concerns that have brought and will likely continue to bring us under attack in our current society.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Society in Louisville, Kentucky, acknowledged that our churches have fundamental theological differences, but that that shouldn’t stop us from engaging in worthwhile discussion:
“There are those who sincerely believe that meaningful and respectful conversation can take place only among those who believe the least-that only those who believe the least and thus may disagree the least can engage one another in the kind of conversation that matters. I reject that notion, and I reject it forcefully.”
The conversation that matters’ to Dr. Mohler centers on the threats to religious liberty that will affect Baptists and Mormons alike. He says, “The conflict of liberties we are now experiencing is unprecedented and ominous” adding that, “Forced to choose between erotic liberty and religious liberty, many Americans would clearly sacrifice freedom of religion. How long will it be until many becomes most?”
“…we are living in the shadow of a great moral revolution that we commonly believe will have grave and devastating human consequences. Your faith has held high the importance of marriage and family. Your theology requires such an affirmation, and it is lovingly lived out by millions of Mormon families. That is why I and my evangelical brothers and sisters are so glad to have Mormon neighbors. We stand together for the natural family, for natural marriage, for the integrity of sexuality within marriage alone, and for the hope of human flourishing.”
To read Dr. R. Albert Mohler’s full remarks, click here.