In Mohler to Weiner: Atone Through Jesus, false teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie is too ashamed of the Gospel to acknowledge that Jewish people need to hear it. He loves himself and the world more than Jewish people, so he instinctively slams Al Mohler simply for claiming what is taught in the Bible over and over: Jesus is the only way to salvation. If you can’t get that simple fact right, Christianity may not be your forte’.
Here’s the comment I left at the Huffington Post (which, of course, they didn’t post).
If Jewish people can be saved without trusting in Jesus, why did Paul say he wished he could give up his salvation on their behalf?
This isn’t about people being arrogant because they think they are right (that is, unless Chuck and all who agree with him are conceding to being arrogant just because they think they are right).
This is about what the Bible teaches. And it couldn’t be more clear: There are over 100 passages in the New Testament saying that Jesus is the only way to salvation. That isn’t what makes it true (Jesus’ rising from the dead does that), but it means that anyone claiming the name of Christ should hold that view. Any other view is the opposite of what the Bible clearly and repeatedly teaches.
If you want to see the kind of people who find Chuck to be religiously enlightening, read the comments that they did post (Logic: They’re doin’ it wrong). You could do a blog post on almost every comment pointing out their multiple logical fallacies and plain old ignorance.
Here are parts of Chuck’s post:
Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a regular on cable television, had a message this weekend for scandal-plagued U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, which he sent, quite naturally, via Twitter, according to USA Today:
“Dear Congressman Weiner: There is no effective “treatment” for sin. Only atonement, found only in Jesus Christ.”
Weiner is Jewish.
Eek! How dare Mohler share the Gospel with someone who is Jewish. Oh, wait, isn’t that what Paul and all the early Apostles did? (“first for the Jew, then for the Gentile . . .”) Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, still always started off in the synagogues.
This isn’t the first time that Mohler has spoken strongly of his belief that Jews need Christ to be saved. He once compared Judaism to a tumor that needed to be removed. EthicsDaily.com reported in 2003:
While Jewish evangelism is controversial today, Mohler said Christians do Jewish people a disservice by failing to confront them with the gospel. He compared it to a person with a potentially deadly tumor, who would rather have a doctor give a truthful diagnosis than say all is well to avoid offending him.In the same way, telling a Jewish person she is in danger of hell “is the ultimate act of Christian love,” Mohler said. …
Notice how false teacher Chuck tries to make it look like Mohler said Judaism was a tumor, when he was merely pointing out that a doctor that won’t tell you what is really killing you isn’t much of a doctor at all — just like people like Chuck are lousy “reverends” and “Christians.”
In addition to his comments about the Jewish religion, Mohler has also described Catholicism as “a false church” teaching “a false gospel.” He says liberal Protestants have abandoned the Christian faith. …
Note to Chuck: The Reformation happened for a reason. Actually, 95 of them. If you don’t think the Catholic church is false you should join it.
And liberal Protestants like you have abandoned the faith! You proudly deny that Jesus is the only way to salvation.
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Mohler’s views are not shared by all Christians.
Correction: His views on the exclusivity of Christ are shared with all real Christians.
In 1987, The United Church of Christ adopted a resolution that stated in part:
We in the United Church of Christ acknowledge that the Christian Church has, throughout most of its history, denied God’s continuing covenantal relationship with the Jewish people expressed in the faith of Judaism. This denial has often led to outright rejection of the Jewish people and to theologically and humanly intolerable violence. The Church’s frequent portrayal of the Jews as blind, recalcitrant, evil, and rejected by God has found expression in much Christian theology, liturgy, and education. Such a negative portrayal of the Jewish people and of Judaism has been a factor in the shaping of anti Jewish attitudes of societies and the policies of governments. The most devastating lethal metastasis of this process occurred in our own country during the Holocaust.Faced with this history from which we as Christians cannot, and must not, disassociate ourselves, we ask for God’s forgiveness through our Lord Jesus Christ. We pray for divine grace that will enable us, more firmly than ever before, to turn from this path of rejection and persecution to affirm that Judaism has not been superseded by Christianity; that Christianity is not to be understood as the successor religion to Judaism; God’s covenant with the Jewish people has never been abrogated. God has not rejected the Jewish people; God is faithful in keeping covenant.
That is how Satan works: The mistaken and unfortunate persecution of Jews is compounded by fake Christians like Chuck deliberately withholding the Gospel from them.
Mohler’s advice to Weiner reminds us that there is still a powerful divide between some Christians and Jews. Christians like Mohler see their faith as superior to the Jewish faith and the Hebrew Scriptures of lesser value and importance than the Christian New Testament.
Well, duh. Chuck obviously knows so little about the New Testament isn’t even funny. Has he ever studied Romans? Hebrews? Anything besides Matthew 7:1 and Matthew 25, which he can’t even get right?
Mohler’s view of Judaism is obscene.
Then so were the Apostle Paul’s and Jesus’ views. I know Chuck will dismiss all of Paul, saying he was a bigoted homophobe, but Jesus couldn’t have been more clear that He was the only way and that the Jews would die in their sins if they didn’t believe in him. In short, Chuck disagrees with God, all the while parading as his representative.
And shame on the Huffington Post for giving space to an apostate “reverend” like Chuck who can’t even find a permanent job (his gig as “acting pastor for the interim pastor” just ended, and yes, that sounds a lot like Dwight Schrute’s “Assistant to the Regional Manager” title — only not as permanent).
Run, don’t walk, from false teachers like Chuck Currie and denominations like the UCC which employ him.
Jesus is the only way to salvation. I don’t care how unpopular that message is, it is the truth and I’ll keep sharing it for those who are authentically seeking the truth and desire to be reconciled with God and to live with him forever.