The Albert Mohler Program

I listened to The Albert Mohler Program episode entitled The Pope: Taking the Measure of the Man. This is just a part of the program where he answers a caller’s question about the Pope’s salvation. Mohler said some interesting things and did not sacrifice the truth in order to be politically correct.

Dr. Mohler said that we are justified by faith alone and not faith plus works or anything else. And that the only righteousness that will save you is the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. While defending sola fide he also said that we don’t believe we are saved by the doctrine of sola fide. He mentioned that there are those who cannot articulate the doctrine of sola fide who are still saved because they trust in Christ alone and that salvation is by all of grace.

He mentioned how the Roman Catholic Church has a fundamentally faulty understanding of the Gospel. I don’t think Dr. Mohler will be on the big news networks touting these truths.

Here is the meat of the answer to the question about the Pope’s salvation that I transcribed from the show.

“If this pope genuinely believed what his church is teaching…uh…what his church is teaching is concerning salvation then I would have grave concerns that he is saved. Because I believe that those who follow the teaching of the Roman Catholic church on salvation are…uh…are following a misconstrual of the Gospel and a repudiation of the … of the simplicity of justification by faith as it’s revealed in the Bible. I believe, however, there are many, many in the Roman Catholic church who just believe simply and faithfully in what we would describe as justification by faith.”

He went on to say this is why the Reformation happened and praised John Paul’s virtues and for being a defender of human life and objective truth, etc. Dr. Mohler also mentioned that there was no hope in uniting Evangelicals and Roman Catholics in a common understanding of the Gospel. It was mentioned how John Paul seemed to be pluralistic (my word) in that he accepted that all monotheists have a role in the “economy of salvation.” Dr. Mohler basically put forth that John Paul in his writings expressed beliefs that are a repudiation of the Gospel.

I thank and applaud Dr. Mohler for his honesty during a time when Christians are afraid to preach the truth. So many simply say what’s politically correct. I wish Dr. Mohler would be featured on some of these T.V. shows and get the Gospel out.

Amen to Dr. Mohler,

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1 irRational April 2, 2005 at 11:10 pm

I too was pleased to hear Dr. Mohler’s words on this subject. My husband and I were discussing the Pope and whether or not he was saved. I said that sadly because of the system of works that he supported, I do not believe that this Pope was indeed saved. This man was indeed a good man by *man’s* standards, but he propagated a system of works that seems to negate any words that he has said that would seem to be “Christian”.

2 Ric April 3, 2005 at 12:04 am

Dr. Mohler sure knows God’s truths!

In God’s Grace,

3 Gayla April 3, 2005 at 3:13 pm

Wow, with all due respect, it seems rather presumptuous to make a judgment on the Pope’s salvation. We certainly cannot claim to know the condition of his heart before God. There is no doubt that he displayed the fruit of the Spirit in his walk. And w/o the presence of the Holy Spirit in him, I wonder how he could have mustered up, on his own, the forgiveness he extended his assailant.

Works? True, the Catholic church places a great empasis on them. But then again, faith without works is dead. I know spirit-filled, saved-by-grace Catholics. And they find the rituals and sacrements to be fulfilling.

There is no doubt that God’s purposes will be fulfilled – He is sovereign over those. There is also no doubt that He will bring glory to His name, and Pope John Paul was used by God to accomplish just that.

Maybe some grace and mercy are in order.

4 johnMark April 3, 2005 at 3:23 pm

Would one say the same about Ghandi and his works? Dr. Mohler did not place a final judgement on the Pope. Rather he said that if the Pope died holding to offical RC teaching on salvation which repudiates the Gospel then he’s not in heaven.

5 C.Porter April 3, 2005 at 3:33 pm

I think the pope’s final words from his deathbed were self-condemning: “I entrust everything to the Virgin Mary”.

The tragedy is not simply that he died, but that he died an idolator worshiping, and entrusting his life, to a fictional Mary.

Yes he did ‘good things’, and lots of them. But there are a lot of good people in hell right now.

Earnestly Contending

6 Stacey April 3, 2005 at 4:51 pm

I totally agree with you Mark. I don’t have much to say about this topic, but I will say that just because someone does good works, does NOT make them saved. I know many good people who are so very lost. Forgiveness is not a key sign someone has their faith placed in the ONLY true and living God. His last statement proves his lack of faith.

7 MarieP April 3, 2005 at 5:02 pm

I agree with jM and passedover. The Pope’s devotion to Mary was just sickening.

Gayla (and anyone else), I suggest you read The Roman Catholic Controversy by James White and look at the articles on these websites:

8 Carla April 4, 2005 at 12:10 am

Hey JM, it was nice to see you in my little old chat room tonight. Look at all you familiar font-people! Stacey, Cameron, Marie… 🙂

Re: the pope – Mohler is right on – however – with that said – this is such a tender topic right now, it’s tough to address it without offending alot of people, including folks that dont even know what RC is.

I responded earlier today at where I’m a moderator, to this very issue (also referred the reader to James White).

Cameron, your blog entry on this was A1 as well.

What a great time to practice being salt, eh?

9 Gayla April 4, 2005 at 7:44 pm

johnmark, Actualy, Ghandi never professed Christianity or Jesus Christ as his Lord & Savior, so I don’t think there is much comparison.

My only point is that none of us can know. We can’t claim to know the condition of anyone’s heart before God.

Is the Catholic church off track on some of their teachings? Yep. Can a person be saved by the grace of God and be off track? Yep.

I wonder if any of us has ever has been, off track or had a a misunderstanding of a particular doctrine. ???

Grace, anyone?–>

10 John W October 30, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Why are Baptists obsessed with determining if someone is going/not going to heaven. I was raised as a Catholic and my was raised as a Baptist. We decided to go with the Methodist church, which actually is very sane and practical. To me, the Baptists are similar to the fundamental Islamists – obsessed with passing judgement on others and enforcing their views on others.

11 Mark November 1, 2011 at 7:36 am

John, I’m not sure if Baptist are obsessed with “determining” who is going to heaven or not. Surely, most Baptists are concerned with whether or not someone embraces the gospel by faith alone.

Does it matter to you whether or not someone believes the gospel?

Your comment has a tinge of irony since on the one hand you state that Baptists are similar to “fundamental Islamists” while on the other hand you state we are “obsessed with passing judgement on others.” The mirror is not your friend.


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