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Rick Warren Asks Al Mohler to Apologize for Megachurch Headline

  • Religion Today Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2012 May 04

May 4, 2012

A recent blog headline by Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary -- "Is the Megachurch the New Liberalism?" -- has irked Pastor Rick Warren, who is calling for an apology for the "sensational" title, the Christian Post reports. Warren, founder of Saddleback Church, sent a tweet to Mohler on Tuesday, saying: "A TITLE questioning1000s of churches' orthodoxy due to size is unChristlike.U need to apologize to pastors Al." In a blog post Tuesday, Mohler had noted that some megachurches had abandoned certain biblical truths while trying to adapt to the ever-changing American culture, and expressed concerns over a recent sermon preached by Andy Stanley during which Stanley did not affirm the sinfulness of homosexuality. "We must embrace the truth with the humility of a sinner saved only by grace, but we must embrace it fully," Mohler wrote. "The megachurches are on the leading edge. We must pray that they will lead into faithfulness, and not into a new liberalism." Taking issue with the blog’s title, Warren commented: "@albertmohler Would a sensational blog title 'Are THE Seminaries the New Liberals?' be fair if 1 seminary pres. messed up?" Mohler tweeted back: "@RickWarren Glad to hear from you, Rick. I would certainly not be offended by that title … In fact, I might use it. Megathanks." Notably, both Warren and Mohler are megachurch pastors.