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. Dave Steffen

    Mohler is obviously correct. Whether or not one is a Christian, ignorance of the Christian belief that salvation comes through Christ alone is no excuse to justify criticism of his comments. He is also right when he mentions how politically incorrect historic Christian views are today. It's almost as if lopping off heads is a more acceptable practice than preaching Christ and Him crucified.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  2. michael mason


    June 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  3. stevie68a

    jesus is imaginary. People who think their prayers are answered by jesus should try praying to a fire hydrant. You'll get the
    same result!

    June 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  4. TravelSheryl

    Grossly inappropriate. I am also going to see if I can email his church or him directly. I am Jewish and I will tell him not to proselytize to Jews or anyone for that matter.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  5. Chris

    The preacher, if he has true faith, would not be insulted by a suggestion of going through a Jewish ritual. He wouldn't have a bar mitzvah, but he would be insulted.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  6. Chris

    Where does this thinking process come from – our Maker. So first seek the counsil of the One that made us and perhaps humble ourselves to the point of understanding that we don't know everything. He will provide council to the humble, but to the proud, they don't have the ears to hear as they already seem to have figured it out.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  7. gojetsgo

    the guy is jewish and here is this other guy insinuating that he needs salvation elsewhere. Me, i would be insulted. maybe it should be mentioned that the preacher needs to go have a bar mitzvah if he wants to get into heavan

    June 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  8. Charlie

    Jesus has a Twitter account?

    June 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  9. Jason G.

    @Mohler – Morality is only PART of spirituality. Something that – at least those who hold onto their PERCEPTION of biblical and orthodox Christianity – seem to not get. They would rather deal with the product of something rather than the real problem itself, which is in a person's thinking process.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  10. Chris

    Such profound responses. Disheartening to see the minds of this generation so willing to voice what they don't know. Quick to speak and slow to think. Hold your tongue and seek wisdom, it will bring you such peace.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  11. Lettuce Prey

    Good grief! Let Mohler tweet whatever he wants. I'm sure he means well and did not mean to offend Weiner or anyone else. Christians believe what they say about salvation through their savior. Mohler was sincere. I'm an atheist, and I don't take offence when a Christian says such things to me. I know they wish me well, as I do them. What's the big deal?

    June 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • boombambaddaboopowdatoo

      does weiner even practice judaism?

      June 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Martin

      Sounds like you're a better Christian then most Christians. Most people would be offended. Certainly most Christians would be offended if someone from another religion suggested they chuck Christianity and embrace the other religion because it is the only true one.

      June 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • Lettuce Prey

      @Martin, that's the very problem, isn't it? That most people feel offended? I only feel resentment when the name-calling and finger-pointing begin, which doesn't happen very often. There's a local Baptist minister who stops by my house now and then to hand me a flyer and invite me to attend his church. He's so nice that I don't have the heart to tell him I'm a non-believer. I just tell him I'm not a church-goer, but thanks and have a nice day.

      June 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
  12. thes33k3r

    "Jesus" is not the foundation of morality. Try reason, honesty and responsibility. Try telling the Christian fundies to "remove the log from their own eyes instead of pointing out the splinter in yours".

    June 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  13. keith

    Human experience points to something deeper, love points to something deeper, the ability to think points to something deeper...as do all the intricacies of the universe – all these point to a creator and to a enlightenment that runs beyond simply the small amount of senses we comprehend with

    June 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  14. DC-JD

    Ok, the thumpers can say whatever they want on this blog, but I can't get a non-vulgar word in edge-wise without it being flagged for 'moderation'? Christ, CNN, you've become just as bad as FOX!!!!

    June 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Helpful Hints

      DC-JD: It's just a stupid auto-filter:

      bad letter combinations / words to avoid if you want to get past the CNN "awaiting moderation" filter:
      Many, if not most, are buried within other words, so use your imagination.
      You can use dashes, spaces, or other characters to modify the "offending" letter combinations.
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      ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
      jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
      ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
      koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
      pi-s......as in pi-stol, lapi-s, pi-ssed, therapi-st, etc.
      pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
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      sh-@t.....but shat is okay – don't use the @ symbol there.
      sp-ic.....as in disp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
      ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, beat-itude, etc.
      tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
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      who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe!

      There are more, some of them considered "racist", so do not assume that this list is complete.

      June 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  15. Billy

    Tired of empty promises? Try Jesus!!!

    June 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Billy, Don't be a Hero, Don't be a Fool with Your Life

      Jesus IS the empty promise.

      June 14, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  16. Lanfear


    June 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  17. chuckmartel

    Don't the bible bangers have enough perverts?

    June 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Ga

      Priest are people .. and can be sinners too.

      June 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  18. Pam

    How could he be doing his job, when he is busy taking naked pictures in his office and the House gym and sending out on the Internet? Is that what his district hired him for? Come on! He needs to be worried about what his in-laws might do to him, disgracing their daughter that way.

    June 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Scarf

      Yea Jesus is the answer if you want to continue to be a perverted liar who also happens to read fiction.

      June 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  19. Mark

    people s/b careful. They might be looking to help Weiner, but instead find themselves looking at Boehner.

    June 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  20. movitaru

    @MathewG, I just got an $829.99 iPad2 for $83.37 and an awesome $1299 MacBook Air for only $111.93, its being delivered tomorrow. I would be an idiot to paying high prices at places like Walmart or BestBuy when I even sold a 42" HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $77.53 for.
    I use two sites, both are good, SwipeBay.com
    and SnagBids.com ...Now back to the article…It is not plausible that the Romans conducted a census in the manner described by Luke. There would have been no reason for them to demand that the people being enumerated return to the towns of their ancestors rather than register in the towns in which they actually resided. There would have been no need to make a difficult situation worse. It was obviously unnecessary for people to have to travel to a place often hundreds of miles away which they probably had never seen before.

    June 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
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