To continue to conversation of yesterday, I must go back to that first pastor who gleefully told women they had to submit to their husbands because Peter said so.
In a conference at this church held in January, Dr. Paige Patterson spoke against women serving in the church as deacons and as pastors. He said that he was concerned about the ‘feminization of the church.”
By that he meant that if women were standing up before the church as a pastor, or if women were taking up the offering, or serving the Lord’s Supper, then the church had become that dirtiest of all dirty Baptist words , “feminine.”
I have news for Dr. Patterson. The church is already feminine. Go to any SBC church website and look at the staff. A bunch of men, and three times the women in secondary roles. There are more women attending church any given Sunday than there are men.
Much has been said about men going to church, and books have been written to get men back to church. There may have been more men in churches until the 20th century. That was because their wives were home expecting a baby, taking care of a houseful of kids, or tending to a sick child. Many times, women are not able to attend church because of a husband that would not let her.
Those days have changed. We have smaller families, better health care and more important of all, fancy well-quipped nurseries in our churches.
More women come to church today than men because we have made it easier for women to come to church. As a young mother, she has child care. As a widow, she can drive her own car and go where she pleases.
I have further news for Dr. Patterson. Women go to a church that is run by the men. Where is her feelings of disenfranchisement?
Men are not dropping out of church because of the women running the church. How does Dr. Patterson know what would happen?
Shouldn’t both men and women go to church because of their love of the Lord?
My comments are not directed against men. They are directed against an outdated teaching and misrepresentation of the scriptures that some SBC leaders love to promote.