Albert Mohler has served as the President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) for over 25 years now. Here are 5 reasons to be thankful for him:
1. He has led SBTS to be the largest seminary in the world. According to the recent report (2017-2018) by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), SBTS has passed Fuller Seminary, and is now the largest seminary in the world. A conservative, confessional, inerrancy-believing, complementarianism-teaching, gospel-preaching seminary is the largest seminary in the world; let that sink in. Our culture would have us to believe this isn’t possible. Yet, God has used Al Mohler to bring it to pass.
2. He was instrumental in the conservative resurgence. When Albert Mohler became the President of SBTS in February 1993, it was one of the SBC’s most theologically liberal seminaries. Today, 25 years later, it is one of the most conservative seminaries in the world. Besides Paige Patterson and Adrian Rogers, I don’t believe there is another person who was more instrumental in the Conservative Resurgence. Similar to how there is only one Paige Patterson in the SBC; there is only one Al Mohler. The SBC is indebted to them and the many men and women who fought for the Bible in those many tumultuous years.
3. He is one of America’s most influential evangelicals. Mohler has been named one of the leading and most influential evangelicals in the United States in the the past according to Time and Christianity Today. Again, an inerrancy-believing, complementarianism-teaching, gospel-preaching Southern Baptist is one of our nation’s most influential evangelicals. Our society would have us to believe this isn’t possible.
4. He was instrumental in crafting the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. Dr. Mohler served on the committee that crafted the BF&M2K. He also helped return SBTS to the confession of her charter, The Abstract of Principles. All professors must sign and teach in accordance with the Abstract and the BF&M2K. Dr. Mohler’s emphasis on confessionalism ensures the future doctrinal fidelity of SBTS and indirectly, the doctrinal fidelity of the SBC itself. There is not another seminary in the SBC that is training more SBC pastors than SBTS; and these pastors often take that confessionalism with them to SBC churches.
5. He serves as an excellent example for engaging image-bearers with the gospel. Dr. Mohler’s The Briefing is one of the most popular Christian podcasts today. Through this program and his numerous books, Dr. Mohler helps Christians engage people and their ideas with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He helps us to apply a Christian worldview consistently to every aspect of life. In this way, he’s not only a champion for Southern Baptists but for evangelicals of all stripes as well.
Dr. Mohler, my wife, my children, my church, and the lost I will reach (Lord willing) are indebted to you… for I am indebted to you. I do not know if I would be the Christian man I am today without your influence. I thank God for you brother. I hope you have 25+ years left in you as President of SBTS.
*Also see. . .
In this video from 1993, Dr. Mohler answers questions from students dealing with the Abstract of Principles, his lack of age and experience, vision for the seminary, women in ministry, personhood of women, homosexuality, etc.
The following video was presented to the full trustee board when they recommended Al Mohler as the next president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1993. Various leaders, past Presidents, pastors, theologians, and Mohler are interviewed, detailing the reasons why Mohler is qualified and should be the next President of SBTS. They interviewed Duke McCall, Adrian Rogers, Richard Land, Timothy George, James Draper, and others. This video is fascinating.
*Once you hit play, the video starts with about 10-15 seconds of a black screen. It was made in 1993 :).
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