I wrote to the newly elected President of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Bryant Wright, a month ago, and got a reply from him yesterday.
I had hopes that he would hear our plea. But he fell into the old mantra of roles and from this I know that only a Damascus Road experience will be able to penetrate this darkness.
“But there are specific roles that God has ordained for men alone – the positions of pastors and elders/overseers (1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-7). It’s not a matter of male domination but simply God’s plan for leadership in the church. Though this teaching may be countercultural in today’s society, we will be the most effective in fulfilling Christ’s mission for the church when we adhere to His design for our lives and our churches.”
This is an educated man. He is a pastor, a preacher, he has a doctorate.
How is it that I know that 1Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus is about this:
- Sets forth a standard of morality and responsibility for the person chosen to be an elder or deacon
- Sets a standard for compassion by not allowing them to call men who had 3 or 4 wives and a houseful of kids to take care of
Do they really think that these scriptures are all about being male? Their birth as a male is not something they can control – but the way they handle their lives and their obedience to scripture is something they can control and this is what those scriptures are all about.
Just as Jesus was all about the decisions and choices people make, Paul and Titus were, too. Jesus never recognized qualifications by birth as far I know.