What Al Mohler Said About Donald Trump in October 2016

As I wrote yesterday, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Al Mohler has announced that he will be voting for Donald Trump in November 2020.

Here is Al Mohler on CNN on October 12, 2016:

Wow!  I guess things have changed since 2016.

And here is an article on Mohler’s appearance published at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  It it titled, “Evangelical support of Trump destroys ‘moral credibility,’ Mohler says on ‘CNN Tonight.'”

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) — The 2016 presidential election presents “an excruciating moment” for evangelicals because the two major candidates fail “the baseline test of character,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, during an Oct. 11 appearance on “CNN Tonight” with host Don Lemon.

“When it comes to Donald Trump, evangelicals are going to have to ask the huge question, ‘Is it worth destroying our moral credibility to support someone who is beneath the baseline level of human decency for anyone who should deserve our vote?’” Mohler said, in response to the 2005 video released last week of Trump’s lewd comments. “I think that’s a far bigger question than the 2016 election. This election is a disaster for the American people; it’s an excruciating moment for American evangelicals.”

Mohler said he understands evangelicals will come to different conclusions in the voting booth, especially since Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party’s “absolute devotion to abortion is a threat to the sanctity of the human life.” But Mohler cautioned evangelicals to think carefully about how publicly supporting Trump, a candidate “we would not allow our children to be around,” undermines their moral credibility.

“Can we put up with someone and can we offer them our vote and support when we know that person not only sounds like what he presumes and presents as a playboy, but as a sexual predator?” Mohler said. “This is so far over the line that I think we have to recognize we wouldn’t want this person as our next door neighbor, much less as the inhabitant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And long term I’m afraid people are going to remember evangelicals in this election for supporting the unsupportable and defending the absolutely indefensible.”

Mohler had expressed similar views in an Oct. 9 editorial for The Washington Post, in which he said evangelical leaders are wrong for serving as “apologists for Donald Trump.” Mohler has not wavered in his criticism of Trump. At the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in June, Mohler said “character is an indispensable issue” and Trump “eclipses” Bill Clinton with his unrepentant adultery and support of the pornography industry.

Read the rest here.