ALBERT MOHLER, IS A MAN WHO COMES FROM DEEP WITHIN THE TROUBLED SBC ESTABLISHMENT.
AFTER 25 YEARS AS PRESIDENT OF SBTS MOHLER WANTS TO BE NEXT SBC PRESIDENT. BUT WHO IS MOHLER REALLY?
MEASURE THE MAN BY THE DISCIPLES HE MAKES !
Rev Thomas Littleton 1/3/2020
If Albert Mohler becomes President of the Southern Baptist Convention what will the SBC “look like ” when he is done? Review the career paths of three of Mohler’s disciples.
First consider the progressive Democrat /ERLC leader Russell Moore who spent over 20 years under Mohler’s mentorship.Moore has become one of the most divisive, controversial and activist leaders of the modern era of the SBC. Today his ERLC is openly in partnership with members of the Obama Foundation and the Democratic Party Strategist.
Or secondly consider Nate Collins founder of the “Revoice LGBT+ Thriving” in the church movement who spent 14 1/2 years at Mohler’s institution 13 plus of those years as a self professed gay Christian and to whom Mohler personally handed two theological degrees. One of those degrees was based up on Collins’ dissertation asserting that the New Testament represents “virgin as a third gender” achieved while Collins taught New Testament for 3 years at Mohler’s SBTS institution.
SOME VIEW MOHLER AS A THEOLOGICAL ANCHOR WHILE OTHERS SEE HIS BEHIND THE SCENES WORK AND THAT OF HIS DISCIPLES AS A BETRAYAL OF ALL THAT HE PUBLICALLY ESPOUSES.
HAS A MAJOR MOHLER DISCIPLE GONE OVER TO THE DARK SIDE ?
Mohler is not a pastor. Instead Albert Mohler is trusted by Southern Baptist to shape hearts and minds or future pastors and to disciple young leaders, the leaders of tomorrow, leaders like Mohler’s first Research Assistant and the third disciple for consideration, Gregory Alan Thornbury.
Thornbury is one of the MOST CELEBRATED of Mohler’s disciples, having been his first research assistant a a favorite student/ faculty member/ scholar/ son of SBTS. Thornbury left SBTS for Union College and by 2013 accepted a celebrated post at Kings College in New York. BUT in four short years the honeymoon looked to have ended for the Mohler disciple and Thornbury by 2018 had taken up residence in the New York Academy of Art founded by pop culture artist / icon Andy Warhol who became a fixture of Studio 54 and the radical gay and bisexual Disco Music scene of the 1970s.
History of the late Andy Warhol
Dandy Andy: Warhol’s Queer History
“While his sexuality is frequently suppressed or debated, Warhol was a gay man who had several partners throughout his life. Warhol’s boyfriends, including Edward Wallowitch, John Giorno, and Jed Johnson, were also his colleagues and collaborators, helping to shape and define his career as an artist.”
KINGS COLLEGE ANNOUNCED A RESTRUCTURING IN 2017
“The Board of Trustees of The King’s College is pleased to announce the appointment of Gregory Alan Thornbury, Ph.D. as Chancellor. In this new role Thornbury will counsel the College with strategic advising and networking. He served as the sixth President of The King’s College from 2013 until the present. ”
Thornbury does not list Kings College on his Linked-in resume timeline and according to Kings history “Thornbury served as Chancellor during the transition period, then stepped down to give greater place to scholarly and artistic pursuits, including post-publication opportunities related to his book on the Christian rock-and-roll artist Larry Norman.”
SOME MOHLER BACKGROUND MAY HELP UNDERSTAND HIS PROBLEMATIC IMPACT
Mohler is himself CELEBRATED as a conservative savior of sorts as head of the flagship SBC seminary Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville KY. Yet Mohler’s close friend Mark Dever reminded Baptist at SBC 2017 that in undergrad at Birmingham Alabama’s Samford University, Mohler was liberal in his views on egalitarianism (ordaining women to the pastorate) and did not believe in inerrancy of the Bible. Later after being educated at SBTS while it was filled with Liberal theologians Mohler suddenly appeared to have become a Biblical conservative. Mohler then rode his growing acceptance as part of the conservative resurgence, the movement which was built around the stand for Biblical inerrancy, to become President of SBTS in 1993 at just 33 years old. He then became a leading figure in the Neo- Calvinist movement in the SBC with people like Tom Ascol.
But by 2007 Mohler was leading the effort of the SBC to merge their growing Reformed camp into The Gospel Coalition along with Tim Keller which has been at the epicenter of much of today’s compromise related to the false Social Justice gospel, LGBT+ Christianity, the rise of Critical Race Theory and intersectionality in the church and a HOST of other errors. Also all these problems have proven to be driven by problematic grant funding flooding TGC affiliated Institutions. In the case of SBTS Mohler himself spoke at the event which welcomed the social justice driven funding to SBTS in the “Commonweal Project” and the drift leftward has intensified.
A THORNBURY CAREER OVERVIEW
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE CAREER PATH, DISTURBING POLITICS AND CULTURAL VIEWS OF GREGORY ALAN THORNBURY WHO IS ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED DISCIPLES OF ALBERT MOHLER.
“During the presidency of R. Albert Mohler Jr., seven men have worked for him as research assistants and directors of theological research. Not only did they help him organize material and prepare for writing projects, speaking and preaching engagements, debates and more, but they received a UNIQUE kind of education in return.”
(from SBTS Equip site)
Then: Research assistant (1994-1998)
Now: President of The Kings College, New York, N.Y.
“The most exciting part about being Dr. Mohler’s research assistant, and really the best part of my seminary education, was the education after hours. I would go over to Dr. Mohler’s library and help him work on writing projects and things that he was working on, finding references and looking up things while he was working. I got to see him thinking out loud while he was writing and preparing.”
“That was really exhilarating, because what I began to realize as I was completing my doctoral dissertation — which he supervised — is how much of my own mental furniture had been placed there as a result of seeing him think out loud in all of those different scenarios. Not only in those key moments of crises in the history of the institution, but also in journal articles and in book projects and in public engagement and debate. To be able to witness first hand all of the stuff that he was reading — I mean, we all know what a polymath he is — and to have access to that was like getting a massive influx of bibliography, which I would never be able to repeat in my entire life.”
GREGORY ALAN THORNBURY
So Gregory Alan Thornbury is an SBTS graduate and personal research assistant to Albert Mohler and “received a UNIQUE EDUCATION ” from Mohler.
Thornbury is a contributor to SBTS “Equip magazine”.
THORNBURY AND TGC
Thornbury is a favorite of The Gospel Coalition.
Gregory Alan Thornbury author of Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. Henry.
TRACING THORNBURY’S HISTORY
Thornbury is described as a “hipster” and a “Rock Star” according to Christian media and SBTS.
MOHLER DISCIPLE THORNBURY WENT 1st TO UNION -THEN ON TO KINGS COLLEGE
“In July, the Board of Trustees announced Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury as the College’s sixth president. Focused on a renaissance of Christian thought and life, President Thornbury worked to connect the College to key partners and institutions to collaborate with the mission and vision of King’s for the common good.”
SBTS LAUDED THORNBURY’S RISE
SBTS AN INCUBATOR FOR ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP
“The seminary has had a particular impact on Christian higher education, with many of its administrators later serving as college and university presidents, including: …David Dockery (Union University, 1996-2014; Trinity International University, 2014-present); Danny Akin (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2004-present); Jason Allen (Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2012-present); and Greg Thornbury (The King’s College, 2013-present).”
Mohler endorsement of Thornbury’s book.
“The enduring influence of what Greg Thornbury wisely calls ‘classic evangelicalism’ is critical for the health and vitality of Christianity in America. He rightly
looks to the greatest intellectual figure of twentieth-century evangelicalism, Carl
Henry, as a mentor and guide. At the same time, this is a radically current book,
directed at the most crucial issues facing the evangelical movement today. This is an
important work by a leading evangelical scholar. We can only hope that this book
becomes widely influential.”
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor
of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
BUT THORNBURY DID NOT REMAIN AT KINGS COLLEGE FOR LONG
By 2017 Thornbury had left the Presidents office of Kings College and by 2018 a new President was installed
The Board of Trustees announces the appointment of Tim Gibson as its seventh president.
ALBERT MOHLER’S MAN AT WARHOL
“Gregory Alan Thornbury, Ph.D., serves as Vice President at the New York Academy of Art, founded by Andy Warhol and a group of like minded patrons who were committed to traditional skills in the visual arts applied to contemporary discourse.”
“He previously served as the sixth president of The King’s College in New York City.”
“He is the author of the critically acclaimed biography on Rock legend and Jesus freak, Larry Norman (Convergent/Penguin/Random House, March 2018).”
“He was called “America’s First Hipster College President.”
ALL QUIET ON THE AL MOHLER /SBTS FRONT . WHY?
THORNBURY DEPARTURE FROM KINGS COLLEGE WAS GIVEN LITTLE NOTICE WHILE HE BECAME A VICE PRESIDENT AT ANDY WARHOL’S NEW YORK ACADEMY OF ARTS.
By 2018 Thornbury has surfaced as Vice President of Development at Andy Warhol’s New York Academy of Art. The Academy is a landmark of the edgy New York City arts scene and celebrates the legacy of the famed gay pop culture artist icon Andy Warhol.
According to a post by Thronbury’s wife on August 15, 2019 – Thornbury, in his position as VP of Development at NYAA, is living in New York and taking over as “acting President” for a year at New York Academy of Art. She recently has left her own position at Kings College and is working with the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver, WA.
“Late last spring, Greg accepted responsibility to step into an expanded leadership role at the New York Academy of Art as the current president is on sabbatical this year, and he will fulfill that commitment. ”
THORNBURY MAKING HIMSELF AT HOME AMONG THE NYC ART ELITE
THORNBURY POSES WITH GUEST AT NEW YORK ACADEMY OF ART “TAKE HOME A NUDE ” EVENT.
THORNBURY IS NOT AS VOCAL OR VISIBLE IN SBTS PUBLICATION THESE DAYS BUT CAN BE SEEN EXPRESSING HIS VIEWS ON HIS SOCIAL MEDIA.
THORNBURY RETWEETS CHRISTMAS GREETINGS AND COMMENTS OF CHRISTIANITY TODAY CHRISTMAS CONTROVERSY AND TRUMP .
Thornbury is also working on the Board of Paul Singer funded Philos Project which is a client of Christianity Todays new CEO Timothy Dalrymple .
“It’s a hostage situation.” Me Great reporting, as usual, from the brilliant
I believe that dropping
from his reading list is really going to have a dramatic effect on #POTUS policy choices and expressions of character. Don’t you? OTOH, it does leave more time for his reading in C.S. Lewis and Chesterton.
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