In Monday’s post we discussed how a pastor bullied his congregation by setting them up to believe that he was in contact with God for one hour every day and surely what came out of his mouth and heart was from God. He even went to far as to pray before he delivered his sermon that God would speak through him.
But this pastor, and many like him, are victims of SBC bullies and their peers who are bullies, and they do not find sanctuary behind the pulpit when they do not follow the standard fundamental line against women.
Al Mohler is a pulpit bully.
You remember that Dr Mohler said that when he was younger, he thought that maybe women might be scripturally qualified to be pastors,, but one day he was walking on campus with someone named Carl Henry who told him that someday Dr Mohler would be very embarrassed about his stance on women in ministry. Dr. Mohler immediately went to the library and read all he could on the subject, and he also read some Scriptures.
The Associated Baptist Press story quotes Mohler: Mohler said Henry did not change his position on women in ministry, but rather, “It was the Scripture that changed my position.”
“I had to come face to face with the fact that I had just picked this up,” he said. “I had just breathed this in, and I just capitulated it out without checking it according to the Scriptures. By the way, going to the Scriptures, it doesn’t take long. It wasn’t like I embarked on a lifelong study to discover what Scripture says on this. It didn’t take long at all.”
He says that he read the Scripture and the words and now HE knows what it means. And you better believe him, because he had a Damascus Campus Road experience. This is the same thing that the first pastor did. Dr. Mohler set us up, and who can go against a Damascus Campus Road experience? We just know that he had to have seen the light and the scales fell from his eyes.
Maybe Dr. Mohler should have stayed in the library for a little bit longer and read more of the Scriptures.
Dr Mohler speaks and the Southern Baptist Convention listens. People are afraid of the leaders and they will not go against them openly. Pastors are afraid – even afraid of their own members. My former Baptist church is a great example. The pastor is for women in ministry, but when it was even suggested two years ago that the by-laws be changed to allow women deacons, many people left the church, and the result was that it was never even brought before the congregation.
So you see, it is not just Dr. Mohler who bullies the pastor in the pulpit. My pastor was bullied in the pulpit by a congregation that is afraid of appearing to be in dissent to anything the SBC says. The pastor was afraid that he could not hold the church together if there was a possibility that women might someday be a deacon. What would the church have done if the discussion was about a woman pastor.
Note: I intended to write a better story, but the pastor mentioned yesterday wrote another article in the paper today and that is all I can think of. I will tell you about it in my post Friday.