May 6th marked the United States’ National Day of Prayer—with Franklin Graham leading prayer at the Pentagon.
Outside, after being disinvited two weeks previously due to his commitment to biblical Christianity.
Albert Mohler provided some thoughtful commentary regarding the situation on his website:
Evangelical Christians in the United States had better see a big challenge staring us in the face. Franklin Graham was disinvited by the Pentagon for making statements that are required by faithfulness to the gospel of Christ. As reports make clear, it is not just his statements about Islam being prone to violence that cause offense, it is his statements that Islam is wicked because it does not lead to salvation in Christ that cause the greatest offense.
The Pentagon failed its test, but many more tests will follow. Faithful witness to Christ requires an honest statement about what any false system of belief represents — a form of idolatry and false teaching that leads to eternal damnation. There may be more and less offensive ways of saying that, but there is no way to remove the basic offense to the current cultural mind.
In reality, every evangelical preacher and every individual Christian will face this question — and probably sooner rather than later.
In Other News
Mohler & Dever: How Expositional Preaching Protects Pastors
Justin Taylor interviews Mark Driscoll about his new book, Doctrine
BloodMoney – the provocative trailer for a new documentary on abortion:
In Case You Missed It
Here are a few of this week’s notable posts:
J.I. Packer: “What makes a man of God is first and foremost his vision of God. . . . So what did Nehemiah believe about the one whom ten times over, six times in transcribed prayers, he calls ‘my God’?”