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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. Marv Says

    Don't think it's wrong how I think it was wrong to make it public.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • Admonition

      Typical mexican mafia, HEY NOMOLOGISTS PLEASE DEPORT ALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AND QUIT TAKING THEM IN! HURRY!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • My hovercraft is full of eels

      Bite the wax tadpole! Fruit loops! Fruit loops!

      I just wanted to be part of this cluster of totally incomprehensible posts.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  2. opinionated

    As usual, Christians are being mocked by CNN. You either have the faith from a personal relationship and experience with Christ; or you refuse any notion of a God who can rescue you from sin. Sin is separation from God. And it is bringing this man more grief than he ever imagined. I do hope that he finds the peace that passes all understanding in Christ.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • davegeorgia

      it's not CNN doing the mocking, they simply posed the question, people are naturally skeptical of a remedy so simple as the Gospel to a problem like the NY Rep, so simply agree with the SBTS guy who made his point and lay out your reasons why

      June 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Sybaris

      You could have a personal relationship with Papa Smurf and have the same result.

      Grow up and out of your adult imaginary friend.

      If you were born and raised in Thailand you'd be touting the same things about Buddah.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Rush Limbaugh's Favorite Love Boy House in the Dominican Republic

      Christians are mocked by their own freakish behavior and Stone Age supersti-tions. It is very hard to mock them worse than they do to themselves. Satirizing religious people often comes up short because the things they actually do and think are even weirder than satirists can imagine.

      And CNN isn't doing the mocking, brainiac

      June 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Geezer

      god..jesus..bible...blah blah blah. Christians want to force their garbage onto everyone in order to perpetuate the non-sense they themselves have trouble hanging on to.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  3. Sandra

    Yeah, like that's a solution, tell a Jewish man to convert. Sheer hubris on the part of this person to say that is amazing. He talked/typed dirty to someone, he sent pics that were asked for. Until Vitter, Ensign, Sandford and Gingrich are forced to resign, all who claim to be 'Good Christians' with "Family Values" , any talk about his quitting should be canned due to hypocrisy.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Electric Larry's Amazing Hip-Hop Ragtime Band

      Uh Sandra, Gingrich hasn't held office in years, Sanford has been out of office since January, and Ensign did resign. I agree they are all hypocritical slime-suckers, but it does help your argument to have your facts straight,

      June 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  4. cyberCMDR

    Since Weiner is looking for the American public to forgive him, I suppose if he publicly "found Jesus" that would rally the large mass of believers out there. Cheaper than hiring a PR firm; you just have to make the right noises in public and the sheeple will believe it. As Palin and Trump have proven over and over again, it is simple to fool much of the American public.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  5. Geezer

    Yeah try Jesus and turn into a real pervert. I think it's been proven a billion times that religious hacks are the biggest hypocrits who need of professional help. The evangelical parasites along with their Jewish and Muslim vermin have done more harm to the world and caused more atrocities to this world than any other man made calamity. Religion is poison.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • gdouglaso

      Well...it would appear that whatever you have has left you pretty wrecked...are you sure you are in a place judge?

      June 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • Chris

      Geezer, it is right to test all those that come in the name of the Lord. We are commanded to do so. Through the ages there have been hypocrites, it speaks clearly about the pharisees (high priest) in the bible as being such.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • opinionated

      The real poison is in your negative posting.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • Admonition

      Thats what I keep trying to tell them, often times religion is terrorism, it attacks the moral domestic streamlining of ethics in domestic loyalty to political science of our domestic economics. religious brown noser's. the Catholics are the worst considering that most mexicans are catholic.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Admonition

      Just take one look at lauruh bush. the L.O.R.D to her is satans.......... Linguistic's Occult's in Rotarian Demon-ocracy just take one look at her husband and his dad. damn!. Oh! Hey! were done with that!. go away! stay gone!

      June 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  6. tom

    Religion should be banned and its followers sent to rehab

    June 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • Sybaris

      Exactly!

      One person hearing a voice in their head is mental illness. A million people hearing a voice is religion.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • zeie

      That's exactly what they did in communist countries, and look at the great success rate in China. Less drones roaming the street preaching about their zombie Jeebus.

      June 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  7. Irwin Graulich

    Anthony Weiner should try Judaism before he tries anything else. He is only a Jew by birth–but in terms of values, reality and practice, Weiner is as Jewish as my dog Princess. The only difference is that Princess has scruples.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  8. Peikovian

    You are all idiots.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • Admonition

      I.D.I.O.T.S. Intellectually Demoralizing Ideology from Occult's of Tyrannous Synoptic's. Ha Ha, that's uh good one D.U.H!.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  9. nwi

    Freakshow says "Go on inside, boys, and make yourselves at home. You can rest up, get something to drink, ______ my wife, whatever you want. Just don't do anything the good lord would'nt do."

    June 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  10. stacy100

    How sad, this country has become, when talking about Christianity causes a stir. Senator Weiner would be a different man if he did have Jesus in his life.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Geezer

      Crawl back under the rock from which you came.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • salinesolution

      Because we all know people of "faith" never get caught in scandals. Religion is a lie and a waste of time.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
    • rs1201

      how totally arrogant and moronic on the part of Mohler. To even suggest that Weiner's religion which happens to be Jewish has anything to do with his perversion. Is Mohler suggesting that only Jews are sinners and Christians are not...what happened to Clinton and the other senators who were busy molesting pages...all Christians...Is Mohler suggesting that had Weiner been Christian his perversion would not have surfaced. Give me a break...you people are pitiful in your ignorance and narrow mindedness....and Mohler is a total jerk...

      June 14, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
    • zeie

      How sad this country has become when people start saying "America was founded as a Christian nation".

      June 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  11. samba

    Jesus too, was Jewish.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • Admonition

      So that's what's wrong with him.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • Admonition

      And all this time I thought he was a drug dealer in mexico!. Huh! wow!

      June 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  12. Admonition

    J.E.S.U.S................. Acronym to............ Jihad Eigenvalue-vector-function from Sadomasochist's Understudies of synoptic's. can you say Jesus?.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  13. JustPlainJoe

    Absolutely self-centered righteous view of the world. Try Jesus is the moral equivalent of saying, only I know what is good and right for you. That is intrinsically a dead-end argument.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
    • rs1201

      these evangelicals are unbelievable...they insult people to their faces and then pretend ignorance...morons

      June 14, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • Doug

      No, Followers of Jesus do what he told us to do. Recognize we have a problem called sin. Understand that Jesus is God's solution to our problem and the only way out. And lastly try by His strength to honor the one true God. No one does it perfectly, however better to try to live for the glory of God than to settle for the glory of Man.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Mike

      Joe,
      Your premise is absurd regardless of your beliefs. By definition, an evangelical Christian practicing his/her belief system is "duty bound" to share their faith. Otherwise they are not evangelical. To call oneself evangelical and not share your faith and belief system that Jesus is the only way, would be denying your own belief system. Get it? We as evangelicals are not concerned whether or not we fit in with the world's politically correct paradigm. We are willing to accept your scorn so that you and others might come to know Christ. It's actually quite a self-sacrificing view, not a judgmental stance.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • Rush Limbaugh's Favorite Love Boy House in the Dominican Republic

      Really Doug? Jesus repeatedly instructed his followers to sell all of their possessions and give the money to the poor. I have yet to meet the Christian who has done that. Have you?

      I never see them "love thy neighbour as thyself" either. Then again, maybe they hate themselves as much as they hate atheists and Muslims and Mormons and everyone else.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • davegeorgia

      perhaps if you understood that Mohler is not condemning Weiner, you might consider what he is saying, it is not a religious problem that Mohler is stating, it is the fact that every person is a fallen person in a fallen world, it is a problem with humanity that every human faces, moral failure, that can't be fixed with religion or counseling, it may fix it outside but not inside, Mohler is saying only Jesus can do that on the inside, it's not religion, it's relation with Jesus

      June 14, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
  14. anju

    he is just plain stupid

    June 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • Admonition

      If he's just plain stupid it must not be an acronym cause stupid is acronym to Syndicated Tyrannous Underwriter's Paromology Iniquity in the Demon-ocracy and when a politician is that their in like flinn.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  15. Mr Oy Vey

    Can't say much more to all of this than, "Oy Vey!"

    June 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  16. TERRY from WI

    To Peace2All: That's it, Jesus and the Bible is as tangibly true & concrete as the CONCRETE and gravity. The former was the creator of the latter. So, I appreciate your respectful tone, but I'm using the correct metaphor, since the 2 are equally truthful & tangible to me and other Bible believing Christians. The computer you're typing on was made with an intention. Do you really think everything around you, which is zillions time more complicated than your computer, was evolved from from primordial goop?

    June 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • Sybaris

      Do you have to have a purpose?

      Does that brown dwarf 3000 light years from earth have a purpose?

      Isn't it funny how your creator, your creator of ALL things could only create one offspring, can't regenerate the limbs of amputees and is so lacking in omiscience that it didn't know it's first (and second for that matter) try at humans would be such utter failures.

      Just because you don't understand biology and chemistry doesn't mean the default answer is "Godidit".

      June 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • Alabasterrex

      By your logic then, we can apply the same theory to "complicated" viruses and genetic diseases that destroy life. Can we say that they were not a product of evolution, but created?? And save the "evil created them" argument; that will just expose your bias..... we can't pick and choose. From a Christian or Secular point of view, what Weiner did was wrong, doesn't matter what your religious orientation is. That should be the point of this story.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • Chris

      Sybarus, some of the greatest scientist in the world have come to the conclusion that there is a creator. God ordained all things, even things that we suffer. There is a purpose for all of it, something you can't explaine in a blog, but if you open your heart and and ask for understanding while reading the Word, then it will eventually come to you.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Sybaris

      @ Chris

      Many more of the greatest scientists DON'T believe in a creator.

      It's all bunk and will go the way of religions past.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Chris

      Sybirus, how do you know this?

      June 14, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @TERRY from WI

      Hey again TERRY...

      First, just a small point for clarity as far as postings... You for whatever reason posted your response to my posting 'here'... when we had a conversational thread going on 2-4 pages ago somewhere. I just happened to come by, and noticed my moniker, Peace2All, otherwise I would have missed your response to me. So, in the future, if you wouldn't mind keeping your postings within the 'thread' of the conversation that would be helpful to everyone. Thanks.

      O.K. As for your posting. What I did was go back, and found my 'old' response to your original posting and brought it up here for reference.

      -----------------------------------------------------------------------–
      Peace2All

      Hey -Terry from WI...

      You Said To @copanut..."Yes, for us believers, because He saved us, He can save you as well. If I take a leap out of a 5th story building because I don't believe in the reality of gravity and what happens to my body upon hitting the concrete, my disbelief will not save me. The next person, if (s)he jumps out, (s)he will splatter as well."

      I am respectfully suggesting that you 'may' want to re-think your choice in comparisons. On the one hand you are using an absolute 'tangible' and 'real' world example with 'undeniable' effects(person jumping from 5th story building), while at the same time using an 'intangible' 'unproven' example and acting as if they are 'equal.' Obviously, they are not.

      Of course... you 'may' be right about your -beliefs- in Jesus and what is written in the bible.

      However, please try not to mix your metaphors and an-alogies when making your points.

      Respectfully,

      Peace...

      *****************Then you just said:

      TERRY from WI

      --"To Peace2All: That's it, Jesus and the Bible is as tangibly true & concrete as the CONCRETE and gravity. The former was the creator of the latter. So, I appreciate your respectful tone, but I'm using the correct metaphor, since the 2 are equally truthful & tangible to me and other Bible believing Christians. The computer you're typing on was made with an intention. Do you really think everything around you, which is zillions time more complicated than your computer, was evolved from from primordial goop?"

      You Said: "Jesus and the Bible are as (tangible true) & concrete as the CONCRETE and gravity. So, I appreciated your respectful tone, 'but' I'm using the correct metaphor, since the 2 are equally truthful & tangible to me and other Bible believing Christians."

      Terry...*Respectfully,* sir... I have a real concern in your inability to discern sensorily based factual- tangible- evidence that is indisputably- known and 'proven' and saying that is absolutely = to your unproven-speculative...'belief.'

      Again, with due respect... they are 'not' the same in any way shape or form.

      We can take everyone on this planet up to 15,000 feet and drop them straight on to (concrete), and it is an observable, tangible, testable, proven, and known...'now'... FACT, that you will be harmed, if not die. Yes, I'm sure there have been a few that might survive somehow, but I think you get my point, yes...?

      There is a huge difference from trying to say no matter how much you disbelieve in gravity, etc... you're still going to fall and be hurt/die, etc...as you said, but then say it is(equal to = or the same as) in that "no matter how much 'disbelief' you have in Jesus and the Bible is not going to save you from going to Hell etc...

      While the first example again, is testable, provable, concrete(yes...pun intended), factual... and... can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt 'now,' the second example is 'not' in any way shape or form. It just can't be proven ! You may 'believe' as you even said, but remember... your 'beliefs' are NOT FACTS given this situation. Now, I am able to say in all fairness... you "may" be accurate. Everything might be just like you Bible believing Christians 'think' or 'believe' it is.

      But... the bottom-line is... you 'really' 'don't' KNOW, like we do with the 'concrete' example, do you...? You may believe so strongly in your heart, but the FACT is you still don't REALLY know it to be a FACT, like we know about the example of gravity and concrete which was your metaphor that you used by the way.

      Terry... Please tell me that you are able to now discern and tell the difference between factually, proven, testable 'reality' and a 'belief' that you won't know about until your dead...?

      If you are not able to understand the differences here, then you are just not able to discern the true differences, or... you are being intellectually dishonest here.

      Respectfully,

      Peace...

      June 15, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  17. Possum

    Try Jesus," sounds like a product ad. What if it doesn't fit or taste right? Can it be returned or resized? What is certain, is, many have their Jesus made-to-order and use only the parts that best fit their agendas and give them the most wiggle room. Sorry, it doesn't work that way. ALL or NOTHING, if you're going to buy into it and try to sell it to others like a multi-level marketing scheme. Really, people need to TRY PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY and not run for cover behind Jesus. Besides, we'll see right through to you.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • stacy100

      I can appreciate your point, but personal responsibility coming from a twisted, perverted, person isn't going to get it done. Following Jesus, we'll change the the person and then will come the responsibility.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  18. Joe

    I don't find it offensive in the least. It may lack a bit of tact but if Jesus is the truth, then Jesus is the truth. If that offends those that reject Jesus, then I suppose that means Jesus is offensive. I don't think he'd reject that label.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
    • mikemazzla

      rekligion in geneeral is offensive..but especially christianity.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Mike

      mikemazzla,

      Once again, the non-Christians who accuse Christians of intolerance, show the true epitome of intolerance.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  19. read this

    He is no Jew! She is no Muslim! If they were they would not marry one another. Their doctorine is strictly against it. So they are just plain Americans.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Opie

      You don't know much about the way the modern world works, do you?

      June 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • davegeorgia

      she is a practicing muslim and the weiner is not a practicing jew, many think the weiner is an islamic convert

      June 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  20. Rambo

    leave him alone, he has balls, and he shown it.

    June 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
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