Moralism is Not the Gospel
R. Albert Mohler, Jr., is president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He recently wrote an article entitled “Why Moralism Is Not the Gospel – And Why So Many Christians Think It Is.” The article describes how many Christians have lost touch with the heart of the Gospel by replacing it with pragmatic words to live by. While Dr. Mohler intended his words for a broad audience, it has some specific applicability here.
Much of the theological content of what is discussed here revolves around Christian living within the military. The reason is plainly stated on the home page:
This site is intended to provide the military Christian…with the information, resources, and support they need for living an active life of faith as a professional military officer.
Living an “active life of faith” includes the admonition that we should live a life worthy of the calling we have received. Living out that worthy life can be difficult when the pressures of the environment–especially a military or fighter pilot one–encourage one in the opposite manner.
As a result, many of the articles on this site have addressed such basic life issues as profanity, ethics, and even basic paperwork. To some, it may seem a prescription to “live right” or even “righteously.”
While an upstanding life is certainly a worthy pursuit, it is worth noting that moralism, or focusing on “right living,” is not the Gospel. Practical admonitions on this site are the result of it being a source of practical advice for daily Christian living, nothing more. They are not intended to be a prescription to replace the Gospel.
There is one Name–not “one prescriptive moralism”–by which we are saved.
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