If you are not familiar with Albert Mohler, he is an extremely influential figure in the evangelical world, particularly among those who are theologically conservative.
He is the articulate and strong-willed president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Dallas. Mohler doesn’t mince words.
That’s why a recent “column”:http://www.albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=891 he wrote about the possibility that homosexuality has a genetic cause has created a real stir in the evangelical world. He put it this way:
“1. There is, as of now, no incontrovertible or widely accepted proof that any biological basis for sexual orientation exists.
2. Nevertheless, the direction of the research points in this direction. Research into the sexual orientation of sheep and other animals, as well as human studies, points to some level of biological causation for sexual orientation in at least some individuals.
3. Given the consequences of the Fall and the effects of human sin, we should not be surprised that such a causation or link is found. After all, the human genetic structure, along with every other aspect of creation, shows the pernicious effects of the Fall and of God’s judgment.”
Mohler also held out hope that if homosexuality is biological, it can somehow be reversed Ã¢â‚¬â€ perhaps with a hormone patch on a mother’s abdomen.
Not surprisingly, Mohler has taken a lot of heat. Some evangelicals don’t like that he even acknowledged the possibility that homosexuality is more than a psychological disorder. Gay rights groups are offended by his suggestion that homosexuality needs to be stopped in utero.
The U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference wrestled with similar issues in a report passed last fall, “Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care.”
The “report”:http://www.usccb.org/bishops/ stated: “There is currently no scientific consensus on the cause of the homosexual inclination.” It urged concerted outreach and ministry to homosexuals, while maintaining that homosexual acts are immoral and “objectively sinful.”
On Friday, Mohler used his “blog”:http://www.albertmohler.com/blog.php to comment about the reaction to his thinking. It makes for interesting reading. He writes first to evangelicals and then to homosexuals.
To evangelicals, he writes:
“Those who commit homosexual acts, whoever they are and whatever their biological profile, are absolutely responsible for their sin. Regardless of any actual or hypothetical orientation, those who commit same-sex acts are responsible for the choice to commit the sinful act.”
To homosexuals, he writes:
“From a biblical perspective, it makes no sense to say that homosexuality is normative supposedly because God ‘makes’ people that way. God does not allow any of us to escape his righteous judgment on our sin, whatever the biological, environmental, social, or historical factors that we may claim as explanatory factors.”