Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admits to sending a lewd Twitter photo of himself to a woman and then lying about it during a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel on 7th Avenue on June 6, 2011 in New York City.
When news broke this weekend that Rep. Anthony Weiner was seeking treatment for his inappropriate online relationships with younger women, Al Mohler, head of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, suggested that reconciliation with Jesus Christ would be a better response.
Mohler, one of the country's most prominent Southern Baptist leaders, tweeted:
Dear Congressman Weiner: There is no effective "treatment" for sin. Only atonement, found only in Jesus Christ.
The message has been re-tweeted by about 100 of his 27,000 followers.
There's also some shock value in Mohler's statement, since a number of Americans are uncomfortable with the idea of a Christian leader telling a Jewish person to follow Jesus.
As USA Today's Faith and Reason blog noted, "It's the kind of opportunistic evangelism talk we haven't heard since Brit Hume's comments on Fox News Sunday in 2010 schooled adulterous golfer Tiger Woods to forget Buddhism and find Christ."
But Mohler's opinion of the Weiner scandal is one shared by a number of evangelical Christians.
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