Is it Biblical? I am sure the framers thought so, and probably still do.
So did the pope who began the Inquisition. They had Bible verses, too, for a murderous witchhunt that lasted for over 400 years.
Most of those who were murdered by the church were women – they were called witches. It was Biblical to kill witches.
Are they killing us? Of course not. But they are trying to kill our spirit for equality. That is the reason they dragged this 1988 document out to slap in our faces and to be preached from the pulpit. Only 4 weeks after it was adopted by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, a pastor in this town was preaching on it. Gleefully, and with such comments as “don’t get mad at me. Take it up with Peter.” (in another post I will deal with what Peter actually said.)
You may scoff at this and say that the Inquisition and slavery were all in the past, and we wouldn’t do that now. Yes, it is in the past, but for 400 years it was the present for those who were being persecuted.
I am not equating this anti-woman sentiment found in the SBC with the Inquisiton. I am simply making a point that God allows us to do things under the guise of Christianity that is later proven to be destructive and even evil.
The denial of women’ equality to serve as deacons and pastors is a perfect example of that.