BOOK REVIEW: We Cannot Be Silent by Al Mohler


  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718032489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718032487

In light of recent events in legislation having to do with same-sex marriage, there have been many conflicting voices on the matter. Some have been helpful some not some much. Because this is such a heated issue with significant implications we haven’t heard the best possible argumentation from either side coming from media sources.

In We Cannot Be Silent Al Mohler (President of Southern Seminary) provides a very candidly Biblical explanation human sexuality from a Christian perspective. Whether one agrees with this position or not Mohler’s Biblical and exegetical precision can not be overlooked.

Mohler begins by looking at this matter from its recent historical perspective. He demonstrates that popularity in same-sex marriage actually has its antecedents in the sexual revolution. Mohler traces out this trajectory through the redefining of birth control and contraception, divorce, advanced reproductive technologies, and cohabitation. Without the redefining of these categories, Mohler shows that it would have been impossible to redefine categories of marriage, gender, and sexuality.

From the sexual revolution to same-sex marriage Mohler explains what has been commonly referred to as the “gay agenda”. He discusses its method and effectiveness in changing a cultural mindset on the definition of marriage. He explains that be redefining marriage we are actually obliterating marriage.

There was much that I found very helpful in this book. I found his discussion on the Biblical view of sexuality insightful. He also offers up answers to 30 common questions raised about sexuality: “Is homosexual sin worse than other sins?” “Aren’t people born gay? Doesn’t this mean God made them gay?” “Should Christian parents allow their children to play at the homes of children who have parents in a same-sex union?”

I would say We Cannot Be Silent is an important read for anyone. I don’t see Mohler grinding any axes here but rather addresses the issue from a Christian perspective. He reminds us that as Christians we will always be exiles on this earth and not to be discouraged or surprised by what we see. Rather we ought to look at the situation for what it is; an opportunity for the Gospel to shine among the darkness that surrounds it.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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