Book Review – We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong (21/2)

There comes a time where courageous people has to stand up against what is wrong, no matter what the consequence. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. think homosexuality and same-sex marriage is one example of such issues that Christians have to stand up against.

We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and WrongMohler wishes to show historically what has led to this shift in our culture. Mohler does this first by pointing readers to 60s and 70s — the sexual revolution. Mohler then traces through it highlights the various shifts that cumulates in what has happened in our generation finally — the call for equality in same-sex marriages. What Mohler does in this book is to honestly bring to light the agendas of the LGBT community. He quotes their strategies and plans and shows how they have achieved what they have today.

Mohler also very courageously talks about his own change in some stance over the years. Mohler  is rightly to be credited for how he has humbly stated, in writing what he has wrongly held that homosexuality is a choice, and that they have the ability to choose their orientation. Mohler has now believes that they may not have the ability to choose, but there still remains a responsibility for us to not to follow our sinful inclinations. Here is a lengthy quote from this book what on he said about this issue:

“We must also recognize that we have sinned against homosexuals by speaking carelessly about the true nature of their sin. I indict myself here. As mentioned in an earlier chapter, as a young theologian I was invited to speak at a conference of evangelical leaders and thinkers as the movement toward gay liberation was first taking organized shape. At that time, evangelicals were sure the element of choice was the central issue behind the sinfulness of homosexuality and the homosexual lifestyle. Thus, we felt the moral and theological obligation to deny the notion of a homosexual “orientation” and to insist that homosexuality was, in every case, freely chosen without regard to any predisposition. For this, I must apologize to the homosexual community, including a host of Christians who have struggled to be biblically faithful even as they have struggled with same-sex orientation.

In a fallen world, every single human being who has achieved puberty is a sexual sinner. Every single one of us has a pattern of sexual attraction, arousal, and interest that we cannot truly say we ourselves have chosen. Eventually, erotic interest comes into our awareness, and, as most adolescents can testify, it comes without any warning or explanation. I now know that a more mature, faithful, and consistent biblical understanding of human sexuality affirms that the fall has so impacted human existence that every single one of us has, to one degree or another, a fallen sexual orientation. Most Christians testify that their fallen sexual orientation is directed toward the opposite sex. Still, no Christian with a heterosexual pattern of sexual interest is free from sin or free from uninvited erotic impulses, interests, and thoughts.

Nevertheless, these uninvited thoughts do not acquit us. The Bible makes clear that we are always responsible for our sinful acts, even condemning us for our sinful thoughts.”

Mohler ends by highlighting some issues that Christians and churches have to think about in handling this issue. I thought this section was especially thought-provoking and will help christians think hard about it. Mohler also ends by answering some of the questions raised regarding the christian’s stance towards homosexuality. Regardless of whether you agree with the observations and conclusion of Mohler, you will find helpful materials on the movement and planning of how the homosexual movement has come to where it is today.

Rating: 4 / 5

If you’re interested, you can get it here and here (free international shipping), kindle.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

P.S. If you’re interested in the what the bible has to say about homosexuality, I recommend What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung, you can get it here and here (free international shipping), kindle.