Southern Baptists have historically held that the pastorate is reserved for qualified male leadership in the church. But one Southern Baptist church is making strides into new territory. First Baptist Church of Jefferson City, TN, has named a new pastor–and her name is Ellen Di Giosia.
As of this writing, the church is still listed on the Southern Baptist Convention’s church search as an affiliated church, yet under the former pastor’s name.
According to the church’s website, the church is primarily tied to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), yet maintains ties to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).
For the most part, our church relates to the ministry and mission of The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and The Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. We also maintain ties with The Tennessee Baptist Convention, and The Southern Baptist Convention. We regularly contribute to the work of The Baptist World Alliance and The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.
Continuing the slide in the modern day downgrade, churches continue to rebel against God’s design and role for men and women. The liberalism that has taken such a strong hold is a sign of God’s judgment against those who desire not to follow Him, but to live according to the flesh. This move at FBC Jefferson City is not pleasing to God for it is an act of hostility towards God’s law.
After all, what is so difficult to understand about God’s commands? If you do not desire to be obedient to God’s law, then, sadly, you do not desire God.
Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. –1 Timothy 2:11-12
[Contributed by Pulpit & Pen]
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