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Fri Jun 11, 2021, 11:15 PM

Opinion: The SBC has bad, sexist theology. Of course bad culture follows.

Source: Washington Post

Opinion: The SBC has bad, sexist theology. Of course bad culture follows.

Opinion by David Von Drehle
Columnist
June 11, 2021 at 6:36 p.m. EDT

Years ago, I lived in New York City and attended Grace Church, a historic Episcopal parish on Broadway at 10th Street. The beauty of the Gothic-style building was matched by the glorious choir. Yet the most memorable aspect of the experience was the frequent preaching of the Rev. Fleming Rutledge, who is regarded as one of the most intelligent pulpit presences in Christendom.

It did not do to contemplate the lovely stained glass while Rutledge was speaking. You had to pay close attention to every word. An analysis of Scripture in the fourth minute of the sermon could hold the key that unlocked everything 20 intricate minutes later. Here was a great mind harnessed to a deep faith to create a CrossFit for the soul.

I mention that wonderful experience as a way of introducing the latest controversy inside the Southern Baptist Convention. Internal letters and secret recordings leaked in recent days suggest that the nation’s largest (though dwindling) Protestant denomination has not come to grips with the problem of sexually predatory pastors.

That failing cannot be separated, it seems to me, from the theological sexism at the top of the SBC. When the convention holds its annual meeting this week, a key bit of business will be the reaffirmation of a doctrine euphemistically called complementarianism. It holds that even so great a preacher as Fleming Rutledge is an abomination on account of the fact that Fleming Rutledge is a woman.

Mike Stone, former chairman of the SBC executive committee and a leading candidate for the denomination presidency, is a firm proponent of complementarianism, which says men and women have separate roles, and men are the ones in charge. Among the nearly 800,000 words in the Bible, one sentence seems to contain Stone’s thinking on this matter. It’s from a letter the Apostle Paul wrote to his protege, Timothy: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.”

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Reply Opinion: The SBC has bad, sexist theology. Of course bad culture follows. (Original post)
Eugene Jun 11 OP
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Mariana Jun 12 #2
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Mariana Jun 13 #4
uriel1972 Jun 13 #5
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jun 11, 2021, 11:37 PM

1. Founding an entire cult on the premise that...

slavery is good should have tipped any right- hearted person off that this bunch is nuts.

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 12, 2021, 10:49 PM

2. To be fair, the Bible never condemns the practice of slavery.

Slavery is even protected in the Ten Commandments. In the tenth, God commands the people not to covet their neighbors' property, and specifically classifies slaves as property along with houses, livestock, and wives.

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Response to Mariana (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 12, 2021, 11:36 PM

3. Does that fact exonerate the SBC...

or further condemn the whole of xtianity?

Just askin’.

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Response to ret5hd (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 12:20 AM

4. There's no such thing as "the whole of Christianity".

There are thousands of denominations, countless "nondenominational" and "independent" churches, and who knows how many millions of individual practitioners, each with their own unique interpretation of what Christianity is supposed to be. A person can believe or disbelieve just about anything, and still be accepted as a Christian of one flavor or another.

It certainly condemns the Bible as any source of morals. Really, the only way to be a decent person and a Christian is to dismiss much of the Bible as false, in one way or another. Many Christians have done this. The SBC resists any such change in their "interpretation" of the Bible, and pretty much only does it to prevent large losses in membership (and their donations, of course).

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Response to Mariana (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 12:41 PM

5. Heh, looks like that strategy is failing...

As I read here the membership has stopped flocking to said SBC.

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Response to uriel1972 (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 01:03 PM

6. That is very good news indeed! nt.

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Response to Mariana (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 13, 2021, 06:01 PM

7. I started a thread about that

including how Passover celebrates the Hebrews delivery from slavery while not condemning the institution itself.
A loving God would have put an end to slavery in the Commandments.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1218&pid=323821

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