I was disappointed and offended by Dick Yarbrough's characterization of Dr. Mohler ("Being associated with the South the least of Baptists' problems," Nov. 5, 5A). I don't know if you have ever met Dr. Mohler, but I have.
My family has a long history with the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Dr. Mohler. I suspect that if Yarbrough had taken the time to get to know this man before characterizing him as he did you might have instead found something nice to say about him.
Southern Baptists adhere to The Baptist Faith and Message, the first tenet of which says:
"I. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation."
Given this belief, it is no wonder that Dr. Mohler believes as he does regarding women in the pulpit and yoga as a "vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine." Southern Baptists do not pick and choose what portions of the Bible are true and applicable and those which are not. It is either all true or it is all false. We believe it is all true and not open to interpretation subject to today's enlightened world view, all of which is the product of fallen man. I don't know if Yarbrough has ever read the Bible completely through, but if he hasn't, I would encourage him to do so and let God speak to you through His Word. Another good book you may want to read is C.S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity."
Since I have never actually met Mr. Yarbrough, I will refrain from expressing any negative opinions about and instead, just say something nice: He seems like a nice, well-educated man and I generally enjoy his column. I hope he will someday get the opportunity to actually sit and visit with Dr. Mohler or perhaps hear him speak. I think Yarbrough would find him to be much different than how he characterized him in his column.
-- Bruce (BJ) W. Benton Jr.