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Top evangelical to Anthony Weiner: Try Jesus
June 14th, 2011
11:59 AM ET

Top evangelical to Anthony Weiner: Try Jesus

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) – One of the nation’s most prominent evangelicals has entered the debate over whether Anthony Weiner will benefit from therapy, encouraging the embattled  Jewish New York congressman to try Jesus instead.

Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, tweeted this message of the weekend: “Dear Congressman Weiner: There is no effective ‘treatment’ for sin. Only atonement, found only in Jesus Christ."

The tweet set some tongues a wagging, especially because Weiner is Jewish.

USA Today said the remark echoed Fox News' Brit Hume comment that golfer Tiger Woods, a Buddhist, should try Christianity after he became embroiled in a sex scandal last year.

Mohler, who leads the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention - the nation's largest evangelical denomination - took to his blog Tuesday to defend himself amid the controversy, noting that his tweet “never mentioned Judaism.”

“Rep. Weiner’s problem has to do with the fact that he is a sinner, like every other human being, regardless of religious faith or affiliation,” Mohler wrote. “Christians — at least those who hold to biblical and orthodox Christianity — believe that salvation is found through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in him alone.”

Mohler called the controversy over his tweet “another sign of how politically incorrect biblical Christianity is becoming in our times.”

What do you think? Is Mohler simply stating Christian doctrine? Or is it improper to suggest that members of other religious traditions who are facing crises try Jesus?

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Jesus • Judaism

soundoff (968 Responses)
  1. Random Thought.

    Why is Christians so quick to judge other monotiastic religions? Isn't the point of monotiastic religion is to worship ONE God? But here we go we have Christians worshipping Jesus, praising Jesus as the savior as if he was God, but really at the "hour of our death" we still turn to God. And yet Christians criticize Muslims and Jews for worshipping God instead of Jesus. Christians really need to look back to their roots because thousands of years of power hungry people have corrupted Christianity.

    July 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
    • Ramona6

      Until you become a Christian you would never understand what the Bible is all about and who who the real God is. You can read the Bible intellectually but your understanding is totally different when you become a born again Christian. Only GOD can give you understanding of what the BIBLE is all about. It's hard to argue with non Christian about Bible and about God and Jesus bec they would ne'er understand it. Only God can reveal Himself to them if they are willing. god doesn't force u to become a Christian. All I can say is it's good to be a Christian. God took away my sins after I surrender myself to Him. Never want to go back to my old life. I have peace and I know the real God now. Even if I argue Jesus is God u won't believe me. So I won't force u only God can give u understanding.

      October 31, 2012 at 12:17 am |
  2. wordkitty

    Of course it is improper to suggest that members of other religious traditions who are facing crises try Jesus.
    But that's not gonna stop them...

    June 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  3. Mypurpose2011

    Gotta love our freedom of speech! Praise JESUS

    June 20, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  4. JennyTX

    Right, because Christians never sin. Ever.

    June 17, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Ralph

      Guess you need to reread the article Jenny. We all are sinners, born that way, and we'll die that way.......but our redemption is found in Christ, He pays the penalty for our sin and through our faith in Him we can be sinless in God's eyes....

      June 19, 2011 at 8:06 am |
  5. James Black

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGSvqMBj-ig&w=640&h=390]
    #

    June 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  6. It's just a web site man!

    Jesus came to save us all, regardless of ethnicity, religion, nationality. We are all sinners. There is absolutely nothing wrong with telling Weiner to try to Jesus. The fact is that the path to salvation goes through our Messiah, and we would not be Christians if we did not do what Christ told us to do -make disciples. Because we are taught to love our neighbors, we must love them enough to tell them about Jesus, God's grace, and the gift of salvation. It is their choice whether to accept Him or not.

    "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. "
    –Romans 1:16

    http://ginzotalk.wordpress.com

    June 17, 2011 at 9:03 am |
    • zeie

      So you wouldn't take offense if I told you that you were believing in the wrong religion and you should repent to Mohammed?

      June 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
    • Ian

      Zeie,
      Your response really isn't logical, as not even people of the Muslim faith "repent to Mohammed".
      I

      June 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • It's just a web site man!

      zeie:

      Of course I would not be offended. Muslims are just as much dedicated to their faith as Christians are. I happen to believe they are wrong in who they follow, but I would not be offended by a muslim who follows their faith. Muslims and Christians have more in common than many people think. Muslims claim to be descendants of Abraham just like us, except they believe they are descendants of Ismael. They made a mistake with their interpretation of the bible, and do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Neither do Jews. But we are to love them as Jesus told us to. Their have been many muslims who have converted to Christianity when they realize the truth. Regardless, they deserve our respect and love.

      Of course we are not talking about those that choose a warped interpretation that causes them to commit violence, but their are many peaceful people of different religions, and they all deserve our respect.

      June 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  7. john leddy

    does "biblical christianity" still require us to stone to death those who work on the sabbath, commit adultery, curse their parents, worship gods other than yahweh, etc etc or did jesus change his mind about those things after his "virgin birth" ?

    June 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
    • Ian

      Those laws were given [to the Isrealites] as a way to illustrate how imperfect they really were, and more importantly, how much they needed a savior to atone for their offenses to God. Jesus did not change His mind, He, as one of the three persons of God, has been following His plan all along.

      1. Create humans without sin, but with free will
      2. Humans fail at the one command given – don't eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil
      3. God casts humans out of the paradise in which they lived, and they suffer for their mistake
      4. God gives humans rules (commandments, the law, instructions to sacrifice animals)
      5. Humans suck at following rules, illustrating our need for someone who doesn't suck (at all)
      6. God Himself is born as the God-man, Jesus Christ – wholly human, wholly divine (Jesus = God's salvation)
      7. Jesus sacrifices Himself on the cross, eliminating the need to "earn" your own entry into heaven
      8. Jesus gives His sacrifice as a free gift to all who choose to believe in Him as their Lord and Savior
      9. No more need to sacrifice animals' blood in atoning for humans' sins against God, Jesus is the lamb of God Himself
      10. Humans threw in monkey wrench, God extracted monkey wrench

      Give Jesus a chance, He loves you and gave you one. Ask Him to reveal Himself in your life – if you're sincere, He will.

      June 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • Robert Richardson

      Your ignorance is showing, john leddy. Stoning has never been a part of Christianity. Stoning was a part of the civil law for the physical nation of Israel. Christians are not authorized to punish any sinner for any sin. Christianity is under the New Covenant established by Jesus Christ, not the Old Covenant established through Moses.

      June 18, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  8. Zelda

    America should listen to the people like Dr. Mohler more. A true leader and scholar.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • zeie

      He's a true nut, that's what he is. America was founded as a clearly secular nation, and I don't want this superst.itious cr.ap continuing to pollute the country.

      June 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  9. Zelda

    Jews get saved by trusting in Jesus as their Divine Messiah. Read the Book of Isaiah; it's all about Him. Israel, please don't persecute the Messianic Jews within your border. They are good for you.

    June 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
  10. Banate

    Oh, that's priceless!

    June 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  11. SD-mouth

    Simply amazing!! Another evangelical hairball coughs up a gem. Jesus was a Jew, lived at home until his thirties so Weiner should listen up. Hateful hypocrite.
    List a world religion and you'll have hairballs barfing up words of wisdom.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Ian

      1. Create humans without sin, but with free will
      2. Humans fail at the one command given – don't eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil
      3. God casts humans out of the paradise in which they lived, and they suffer for their mistake
      4. God gives humans rules (commandments, the law, instructions to sacrifice animals)
      5. Humans suck at following rules, illustrating our need for someone who doesn't suck (at all)
      6. God Himself is born as the God-man, Jesus Christ – wholly human, wholly divine (Jesus = God's salvation)
      7. Jesus sacrifices Himself on the cross, eliminating the need to "earn" your own entry into heaven
      8. Jesus gives His sacrifice as a free gift to all who choose to believe in Him as their Lord and Savior
      9. No more need to sacrifice animals' blood in atoning for humans' sins against God, Jesus is the lamb of God Himself
      10. Humans threw in monkey wrench, God extracted monkey wrench

      Give Jesus a chance, He loves you and gave you one. Ask Him to reveal Himself in your life – if you're sincere, He will.

      June 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  12. EM Shinn

    That advice makes PERFECT sense, especially since devout Christian politicians never.......wait, nope, never mind.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • Ian

      Christian politicians are not our examples to follow – Jesus Himself is. I apologize for the faults of Christians, but none are perfect. Please don't be discouraged and give God a try – you're precious to Him and He loves you very much. Just ask Him into your life and to reveal Himself. If you're sincere, He will.

      June 17, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  13. Adam R.

    I believe that Mohler was indeed "simply stating Christian doctrine" as he understands it. But his version of Christian doctrine is an anti-Judaic missionary one. I'm sure he meant well, just as I'm sure that many other anti-Jewish missionaries throughout history meant well. However, the fact of the matter is that anti-Judaism is wrong, for Christians as for all morally-upright people.

    One of the greatest revolutions in modern religious thought is the growth of tolerance and acceptance of other religious practices as legitimate, which is the foundational basis for interfaith dialogue. Mohler's rejection of this is bad for the Southern Baptist movement and for well-meaning religious people in general.

    June 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  14. puckthecat

    What a condescending SOB, too bad he couldn't find any common sense in 'Jesus' and keep his overbearing religious believes to himself.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  15. Commonsense

    Really jesus is the way whatever they are all hypocrites.

    June 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  16. Vršovská

    REPENT!

    June 16, 2011 at 10:56 am |
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