Henrik Ipsen is attributed with the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” The saying is trustworthy.
And if a picture is worth a thousand words, this photograph is worth a thousand sermons about what is wrong with the Southern Baptist Convention.
To the left is the Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the middle is Jen Wilkin of the Village Church, a radical feminist who holds gay-affirming sympathies. To the right is President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Danny Akin.
The scene took place this week at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Chapel service, and was written about by RC at Reformation Charlotte.
Danny Akin, who absurdly says his position on gender roles hasn’t changed in 30 years (the only thing more asinine than his claim is that he would expect any thinking person to believe it), invited Wilkin to seminary chapel to discuss preaching. Then he sat down at her left side and learned from her.
With Akin and Whitefield sitting to her left and right, Wilkin said that churches should make women pastors. She contradicted a core belief of Southern Baptists on gender roles…on a seminary stage…in front of seminary students…with a dean and college president sitting beside her.
All the while, we are told that their position on complementarianism isn’t changing.
So, back to this photograph. Look at it again closely.
On stage in a seminary chapel, there sat a woman who is told in Scripture to remain silent. She was there to discuss preaching, while two men sat at less-prominent positions and listened to her.
The man to her left sat with effeminately crossed legs. His wardrobe shouts ‘Dandy’ while he sits like a woman.
The man to her right sits passively, like the textbook definitional photo describing a Beta Male, as a woman contradicts 30 years of denominational orthodoxy. He remained silent while the woman contradicted the Bible on stage, as though he were her well-trained dog.
The woman sat in the middle, as the teacher, the dominate primate, over and above two docile males. There, she brought reproach to God, taught against the Bible, and put rebellion and scornfulness on display before a seminary chapel.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
“But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence” (1 Timothy 2:12).