The SBC, Clergy Sexual Abuse, and Female “Pastors”

On February 12, 2019

World News…with

Biblical Commentary

“While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.” Article VI, The Church, Baptist Faith and Message 2000

Yesterday, The Houston Chronicle released the first of a devastating three part series entitled “Abuse of Faith: 20 years, 700 victims: Southern Baptist sexual abuse spreads as leaders resist reforms.” By now Southern Baptist public relations gurus should be in full crisis mode. Nothing brings bad press more than clergy sex abuse (just ask the Roman Catholic Church). In a cultural milieu where church attendance is on the wane, the last thing the Southern Baptist Convention needs is a public revelation that many of its member churches have cared more about preserving appearances than ousting the wicked and protecting the vulnerable. Caught up in the bad publicity The Chronicle’s story is generating are Paige Patterson, Paul Pressler, and Jerry Vines, who were all key players in the bitter fight to lead the SBC back from the brink of liberalism. Southern Baptists would do well not to confuse the sins and errors (real or perceived) of Patterson and company with the theological commitments they represent. Something good can come from the troubling information this story presents; namely more deliberate policies for protecting vulnerable young people and women in local churches. Something bad can come, too: a rejection of complimentarian theology.

You see, some of the shocking stories reported in The Chronicle are well-known to those who pay attention to the Baptist blogosphere, especially Watchblogs and Survivor Blogs. These publications have been more than willing (good for them) to melt down the golden calves of the SBC, namely Vines and Patterson. Unfortunately, the theological bent of some of these blogs is quite liberal and in contending for victims and calling for accountability, they also contend for the unbiblical notion of female “pastors.” It is with this in mind that I made the following tweet today:

Reaction to it has been downright vicious. If anyone cares to click on the link and read the endless stream of angry reactions, one will see just how deep-seated the hatred for biblical gender roles runs with many onlookers. Baptists reeling from bad publicity in the media would do well to remember that such people were just as God-hating today as they were before they read yesterday’s expose in The Chronicle and are no less likely to darken the door of a theologically conservative church any time soon. Softening a theological stance as a reaction won’t do any good. Admittedly, even conservative bible-believing Christians may be taken aback by what I wrote, given the timing of the statement.

They should think it through.

Is there any vocation more important than that of the pastor? Churches with females who claim that office essentially have no pastoral leadership. Their congregants walk this earth as sheep (or goats as the case may be) without a shepherd. They look for leadership to women who are in open rebellion against God. It sounds awful to say, but at least the wicked try to cover up instances of abuse. There are hundreds of signs out in front of hundreds of churches proudly advertising the names of their unqualified female “pastors.”

What I tweeted today was not meant to trivialize or lessen the heinous nature of “men of God” who take sexual advantage of congregants. They are unqualified to fill the Christian pastorate and in many cases they belong behind bars. No, what I tweeted was meant to make the point that women who claim to be pastors are just as (theologically) bad. Female “pastors” violate no criminal laws. They don’t scare victims for life. Yet they do stand before men and women as Christ’s undershepherds as pretenders and impostors. They lead sheep astray. This must not be forgotten.

*Please note that the preceding is my personal opinion. It is not necessarily the opinion of any entity by which I am employed, any church at which I am a member, any church which I attend, or the educational institution at which I am enrolled. Any copyrighted material displayed or referenced is done under the doctrine of fair use.


Contact UsDonate

Go to Source
Author: Seth Dunn

Facebook Comments
0 0 vote
Article Rating

Thank you for reading.

Please consider sharing this post on social media.

 

If you have questions about Christianity or How to Get Saved just scroll down a bit for more information. For starters Christianity is not Behavior Modification but a Heart Transformation.

Unreal Post

Faith, Sine Qua Non

Let's continue the conversation on Facebook!

Your opinion matters! Join the conversation on our Facebook page and speak your mind!

The Good News

salvation

Salvation is a FREE GIFT from God. You don’t have to do anything but believe by faith that God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to die for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead 3 days later.

THE GOOD NEWS

SALVATION

Salvation is a FREE GIFT from God. SALVATION IS BY FAITH ALONE & FAITH IS BELIEVING WHAT GOD SAYS.

  1. God declares all mankind sinners and we all fall short of Glory of God. Romans 3:23
  2. The payment for our sin is death. Romans 6:23
  3. But God…because he loved you so much sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die in your place, for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead three days later. 1 Cor 15:1-42cor 5:21

All God asks is that you believe by faith alone in 1, 2, & 3. That you’re a sinner, separated from God but God sent his Son to die for your sins, was buried & rose again 3 days later.

‘that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. ‘

Romans 10:9

Do You Believe?

You May Also Like…

48 State-Run Churches Shut Down in One County in Two Weeks

48 State-Run Churches Shut Down in One County in Two Weeks

Protestants in Jiangxi Province’s Yugan county have been suffering CCP’s persecution for the past few years. Attacks renewed after coronavirus lockdown was lifted. by Tang Zhe Since the coronavirus lockdown measures were eased, local governments throughout the...

Inspirational: Amazon Delivery Driver Prays for High-Risk Baby

Inspirational: Amazon Delivery Driver Prays for High-Risk Baby

In the middle of a busy day, Amazon delivery driver Monica Salinas stopped to say a prayer for a baby at high risk for the coronavirus. “There was a note and it said their baby’s food was essential, and every time I see that note, it just touches my heart,” Salinas...

0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x