Should Christian Leaders Lecture at BYU?

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On Monday, October 21, Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, will also speak to the BYU students as part of the series discussions. BYU's website says, "The third lecture in the Faith, Family and Society series at Brigham Young University will be given by R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Monday, Oct. 21, at noon in the Wilkinson Student Center Varsity Theater. His lecture is titled “A Clear and Present Danger: Religious Liberty, Marriage and Family in the Late Modern Age.” Admission is free and the public is welcome."

Dr. Mohler is the pastor who boldly wrote, Are Mormons “Christians?” and "Mormonism, Democracy, and the Urgent Need for Evangelical Thinking"? Will he share those sentiments with BYU students? We contacted Dr. Mohler last month and again this week. At the moment, no one from Dr. Mohler's office has returned our inquiry as to if he truly is going to speak there, and what he would say if confirmed. There is no mention of it in Dr. Mohler's website or social pages, but two BYU representatives have confirmed that Dr. Mohler is indeed speaking at BYU.

I shared links to Dr. Mohler's articles today with ‎Associate International Vice President at Brigham Young University Erlend Peterson, who responded to my inquiry via email:

Amy, Thank you for your email.  I can appreciate your concern, but as you might anticipate from the last presidential election new doors of friendship have been opened.  Friendships blossom from getting to know each other and sharing in dialogue.  Dr. Mohler is actually coming to Utah at an invitation from the Church leadership and while he is in Utah he is speaking at BYU.  His topic is in an area where he is both an expert and where he and our church have common values.

I hope you will attend his lecture on Monday at 12:00 noon in the Varsity Theater.


Dr. Mohler is one of several Christian leaders brought into the BYU series by a group called "Standing Together," a Utah-based ecumenical group working with the BYU speakers series whose VISION reads: "Advancing Biblical Unity and Spiritual Transformation in Utah," and whose MISSION states the group "seeks to be a catalyst for uniting the Utah Christian community through relational efforts of prayer, worship, and strategic evangelism." (Also on the board with Woods is Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and Richard Mouw president of Fuller Theological Seminary.)

We are not calling any of these Christian leaders apostates or questioning their faith. But we do need to ask, what will be shared? Will the students understand that they need to put away the Book of Mormon and follow the real Christ of the Scripture, by whom we are saved, in Him alone? Will the lecture content convict these precious students whom God loves to repent through the Holy Spirit and turn from their false religion?