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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. Ida

    Why does the Atheist hate rellligion and GOD so much and yet they ask us to try to check out their belief? Please , if you don't believe in Jesus, have RESPECT for HIM like i respect you for being an Atheist.
    For me I believe there is GOD in JESUS . It's like i believe that i have PARENTS.

    June 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Steve Portaro

      Respect Jesus? He is dead whats their to respect?

      June 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • Ida

      Respect JESUS means don't joke around with the name. He is God.
      How do you feel if someone one insult your late parents?

      June 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Mikey

      You are supposed to capitalize "i" when using it as a singular personal pronoun.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Stand Up

      Ida,

      I presume that you would never think to cast aspersions on the effectiveness of my lucky blue rabbit's foot, then?

      June 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Ida: I don't think I've ever had an atheist ask me to check out his belief...

      June 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • zeie

      Respect Stalin too, he was a leader to many people! He's dead now, but who cares? Worship Stalin!

      June 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  2. ljjh

    Sure, Jesus worked for John Edwards.

    June 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Ida

      How dare you say like that? people sin because there is no GOD, HOLY SPIRIT in them. When they are away from GOD's WORDS (the Bibble) they tend to go to temptation and commit sin. Do you think it is your parents' fault if you commit adultary? NO. They have given you good advices, but it is all up to YOU.So please, respect the LORD like we respect our parents

      June 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Mark C

      Ida, "the lord" is a fairy tale, no different from the easter bunny. Grow up.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • Ida

      Oh my God. I pray for you and all people who thinks like you. Lord have mercy on you. When it comes the time, you will need HIM.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Headless Chocolate Rabbit Hanging on a Cross with splinters in his...

      Ida, I am trying to figure out why someone bit off my head and nailed me to a cross. Perhaps your jesus has the answer?

      June 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  3. Phil

    I totally agree with this guy. The best solution for every PR problem in the US is to find Jesus as quickly as possible

    June 14, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  4. Not Jesus

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRElih4ur0Y&w=640&h=360]

    June 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  5. Not Jesus

    Oh but the terrible Wiener was so offensive? What about the molestors and rapists of the right?
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRElih4ur0Y&w=640&h=360]

    June 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • liza

      But what does one have to do with the other?

      June 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  6. ivan

    So because he is a Jew that's his problem? Jesus was a Jew and died a Jew how some "Christians" seem to have a problem with this fact.

    June 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  7. Reality

    The "Reverend" Mohler should look within:

    From: http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1855948_1861760_1862212,00.html#ixzz0jg0lEyZj

    “Facing calls to curb child se-x abuse within its churches, in June the Southern Baptist Convention — the largest U.S. religious body after the Catholic Church — urged local hiring committees to conduct federal background checks but rejected a proposal to create a central database of staff and clergy who have been either convicted of or indicted on charges of molesting minors. The SBC decided against such a database in part because its principle of local autonomy means it cannot compel individual churches to report any information. And while the headlines regarding churches and ped-ophilia remain largely focused on Catholic parishes, the lack of hierarchical structure and systematized record-keeping in most Protestant churches makes it harder not only for church leaders to impose standards, but for interested parties to track allegations of abuse."
    ==============================================================================================++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    June 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  8. Wayne

    Try Jesus? You mean he should tweet his pics to Jesus?

    June 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Bigwavedave

      lol, you just made my day 😀

      June 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • liza

      Jesus has seen them 🙂

      June 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Mohler was not insensitive or demeaning to Weiner at all, he truly believes that Weiner can find everlasting redemption and forgiveness in no other source but Jesus Christ. The horrible thing would be if Mohler believed this and didn't tell anyone. America needs to stop exploiting the "victim" card of intolerance and realize not only that worldviews inevitably clash but that beliefs have significant consequences – eternal ones.

    June 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • ivan

      So because he's a Jew that's the problem? Nice real nice. Show your true colors why don't you.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • JJ

      Going from harrasing women to harrasing little boys is not the solution! Did Jesus not lead some priests to child molestation? The Divine calling!!

      June 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Reality

      And for added thought, here is what Professor JD Crossan has to say about atonement theology: (from his book, "Who is Jesus" co-authored with Richard Watts)

      "Moreover, an atonement theology that says God sacrifices his own son in place of humans who needed to be punished for their sins might make some Christians love Jesus, but it is an obscene picture of God. It is almost heavenly child abuse, and may infect our imagination at more earthly levels as well. I do not want to express my faith through a theology that pictures God demanding blood sacrifices in order to be reconciled to us."

      "Traditionally, Christians have said, 'See how Christ's passion was foretold by the prophets." Actually, it was the other way around. The Hebrew prophets did not predict the events of Jesus' last week; rather, many of those Christian stories were created to fit the ancient prophecies in order to show that Jesus, despite his execution, was still and always held in the hands of God."

      "In terms of divine consistency, I do not think that anyone, anywhere, at any time, including Jesus, brings dead people back to life."

      June 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Interested48

      What BS!!!!

      June 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  10. Tom

    No harm is asking someone to "try Jesus." Wiener can always simply say no. Maybe Weiner should learn to say "no" more often!

    June 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Interested48

      People should mind their own business when it comes to religion!!!!!

      June 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  11. ProuD ATHEIST!!!

    Come on already! What is all of this JESUS talk?

    Seriously people, doesnt EVERYBODY already know that there is no JESUS? And there never was?? THERE IS NO EVIDENCE of him and it's just a story tell by the romans! the romans made him up! It's true, look itup.

    We can make our own rules because this is the 20th century and wedont need any fiary tells to tell us what to do. Everybody knows how to be good, and if someone meesses up bad then we put them in jail to rot forever! We now know how to go to space, and we know how to use the internet, and we knkow how to fly in the air, and we know how to cure diseases, and we know all that. What does people still talk about JESUS? WHO IS JESUS!? I am a proud atheist because i dont need anybody to tell me what to do! You hear!? I dont need it! why dont yall get some books on atheistism so you can know why i'm right and your wrong?!

    June 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • dutchblitz

      I didn't realize this was still the 20th century

      June 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
    • hahaha

      Hahahaha!

      Apparently you don't believe in correct spelling, grammatical structure, or facts either!

      See what atheism does to the mind, everyone?

      June 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @hahaha – Actually, the guy's poor use of language and tenuous grasp on basic facts are what lead me to conclude that he's not an atheist at all, but a Christian troll.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Truther

      Wow! Are you ever clouded! Yes, please do look up the facts. There is more evidence that Jesus existed than there is that Ceasar Augustus existed. If you are going to be an atheist, at least hold to your convictions in view of the facts, not some fiction that you purport.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Andy

      Come on now buddy, don't you know they need their crutch? HAHA. The real world is too scary without hell to fear, and an imaginary friend to guide them.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Happiest Christian

      Every knee shall bend and every head shall bow... even yours... and you will be either OVERJOYED or OVERWHELMED by having to account for those you did right by and wrong by in this life.

      Choose wisely.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • seanhowe

      Hilarious 20th century comment. You are one edumucated dude (or dudette). Well, Jesus did exist. Whether you want to argue if he was the savior or a lunatic, that is another argument.

      It's all by faith brother, and your religion requires faith too. I hope (or pray) it turns out for you. The death bed is a lonely place and we all end up there at one time (and exactly one time) in our life.

      Blessed are those that believe yet have not seen.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • Jeffrey

      actually.. every archeological find ever found..proves the bible correct.. as for proof of Jesus.. the records of His crucifixion can even be found in the roman logs.. there is no such thing as an athiest .. everyone knows that God exists.. they are simply people that hate God and have turned their back on Him.. turn around and you will find He is still there waiting for you... He sent His Son to save the world.. not condemn it. =) be blessed.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Happiest Athiest

      @Jeffrey- There are people who are atheists. And not all Hate God, actually none do. To hate something would imply believing or knowing it was their. If you want to believe in God go ahead, keep him in your heart and out of politics and schools.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • Thom MacMillan

      This has got to be satirical....

      ...right?

      June 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @Jeffrey Are you an ignoramus or a liar? Gotta be one or the other.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
    • Stand Up

      Jeffrey: "every archeological find ever found..proves the bible correct."

      There are perhaps some geographical and cultural facts in the Bible. None of the supernatural fantasies in it have been proven, however.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  12. Frogist

    Yes and yes. It may be Christian ideology that only in Christ is there salvation, but it is also not unlike many Christians who take every opportunity no matter how selfish and insensitive to push their religion.

    June 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  13. dc

    It's not about "trying Jesus" like "we'll see if he works." It's about "needing Jesus" at our very core. Mohler is getting at the fact that BIBLICAL christianity is exclusive. The only way, regardless of who likes it or not, Jew, Muslim, and Nominal Christian alike. Admiral, how is it you can say he's never done us any good when you don't know Him or us?

    June 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Headless Chocolate Rabbit Hanging on a Cross with splinters in his...

      Did Weiner as about jesus? Or was this just a case of a rambling idiot thinking that Weiner gave a ^&( what he says about baby jesus?

      June 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Laughing

      sounds sort of gay to me

      June 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      dc, I'm not the Admiral. You are. Got it yet? Feel good?

      Your jesus jumbo is all a farce.

      June 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • John Richardson

      DC – Submit to the will of Allah. It's the only way – or so I've been told by other religionists not afraid to play the exclusionist card!

      June 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Mark C

      The only thing you need at your core is psychiatric help.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  14. CW

    @ Up Your Rear Admiral

    I see those that are making fun of things again. Truth is...you can make fun all you want...its YOUR eternity that's on the line.

    Peace.

    June 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Headless Chocolate Rabbit Hanging on a Cross with splinters in his...

      Even if your god was real, they are not worthy of worship. They can't manage their own heaven. In the list of gods, yours ranks pretty pathetic with a delusional son to boot.

      June 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      CW, welcome to the party again.

      But stop bringing Pascal's Wager along in your every post. It gets tiresome having to point out over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over that you are trotting out fallacies that were debunked long ago.

      So do you get it yet, stupid?

      June 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • Headless Chocolate Rabbit Hanging on a Cross with splinters in his...

      UP – CW's faith is fear based, which they express everytime. Out christians, they are the most pathetic.....little faith do they have....so they play it safe.

      June 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • John Richardson

      And like all who cling to some version of god they grew up with out of fear, CW has doubts. Deep, troubling doubts.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • Ida

      @CW, I agree with you. They think we are haters, pushing them our faith , Brainwashing moron. We are just spreading the Good News. You don't like it, leave it. No need to degrade Christianity. God said , Blessed those who don't need to see to believe. It is all in the work of the holy spirit. In this life is all about the good and the bad, God or satan. It is about good choices and decisions.

      June 15, 2011 at 12:26 am |
  15. zeie

    Thank *the founding fathers* for freedom of religion. See what I did there? Any complaints can be submitted to waste management.

    June 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  16. The TRUTH

    Of course Mohler was right to suggest that.
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKvbNh3Xg7Q&w=640&h=390] 😀

    June 14, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  17. The TRUTH

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgv0Wkb47JE&w=640&h=390] 😀

    June 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Mark C

      Get psychiatric help.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  18. RodneyKing

    People, I just want to say, you know, can we all get along? Can we get along? Can we stop making it, making it horrible for the older people and the kids?...It’s just not right. It’s not right. It’s not, it’s not going to change anything. We’ll, we’ll get our justice....They won the battle, but they haven't won the war....Please, we can get along here. We all can get along. I mean, we’re all stuck here for a while. Let’s try to work it out. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to beat it. Let’s try to work it out.

    June 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  19. Up Your Rear Admiral

    "try jesus" -too funny. The Christians have stale crispy jesus for breakfast weekly and he's never done them any good. So no hope eating him will do any good for Weiner-the-Weiner either.

    June 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • Headless Chocolate Rabbit Hanging on a Cross

      I heard he tastes like chicken.

      June 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Up
      Just be thankful that the cannibalistic rites are limited to symbolic, crispy wafers.
      Then there's the ritual drowning practiced by some Christians.
      Self flagellation as praticed by Opus Dei, as well as regular old Xtian folk in the Philippines.
      Self denial, celibacy, ascetism... oh my!
      Such a catalog of super-fun religious rituals to choose from, I feel like a kid in a sado-masochistic candy store.

      June 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • Up Your Rear Admiral

      Yeah, Doc, they get even more naughty after starting on the wrong foot, those born-sinner Christians. Yet the childhood tales stay with a lot of them as they "grow up". Sad.

      June 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  20. Jesse

    Ahhhh, America... the place where a man tweeting what's between his legs is seen as someone who needs treatment but where another man tweeting what is in his heart is seen as a judgmental and arrogant pharisee.

    June 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • Aaron

      Much wisdom in your observation, Jesse. Thank you.

      June 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • literate

      Good point, Jesse.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • John Richardson

      It's actually not hard at all to deplore both of these guys. Try it.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Mark C

      You're a moron, Jesse. And as nauseatingly self-righteous and self-satisfied as the minister in question.

      June 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
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