Southern Baptist Convention Allowing Women in the Pulpits?
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. – 1 Corinthians 14:33-35
I’m not sure what’s so difficult to understand about this passage. I didn’t write it. The Apostle Paul wrote it. Historically, Southern Baptists believe that all Scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim 3:16)–that is, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. So if you have a problem with it, take it up with your Creator.
Though the Baptist Faith & Message, a statement of faith that Southern Baptists have historically agreed upon, affirms the biblical role of men and women in the church, it is non-binding on the individual churches. In fact, the only requirement to be recognized as a Southern Baptist is to send them a few bucks every now and then.
Yet, the convention recently booted a Southern Baptist church for officiating a gay “wedding.” Apparently, they found this sinful enough to take action, even though there is no written, binding prohibition against it. So the convention CAN remove your church if they find your church operating in an unbiblical manner. But how much money are they losing by giving the boot to a small church? The SBC can save face, while sacrificing nothing, by removing a small congregation who contributes a relatively small amount to the organization.
Enter Elevation Church.
Elevation Church, misled by Steven Furtick, is a multisite SBC megachurch with thousands of members. Elevation Church rakes in millions. Elevation Church is a major player on both the Southern Baptist Cooperative Program, and the NC Baptist Association’s bottom line.
We can overlook a little bit of sin…After all, it’s not as bad as officiating a gay wedding, right?
I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. – 1 Tim 2:12 (Emphasis mine)
Holly Furtick, Steven’s wife, with her histrionic performance of pastoral theatrics this past weekend, took to the
pulpit–wait, there is no pulpit–the stage to teach twist Scripture, and lead people to a rightful misunderstanding of God’s Word.
I suppose she gets a pass, though, since they don’t actually qualify as a church. But hey, as long as they’re sending in the dough, and lining the pockets of the convention elites, we can turn a blind eye to a little leaven–after all, the good outweighs the bad.
But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. – Revelation 2:20
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[Contributed by Jeff Maples]
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