It’s a wonder women go to church at all.
The pastor of BBC (Big Baptist Church) here in my town preached on 1 Peter 3:1 only three weeks after the SBC Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, adopted the Danvers Statement. You are familiar with that verse. It is the “wives, be submissive to your husbands” scripture that they love to use. He was laughing and made this derisive remark to women:
“Women, if you don’t like it, take it up with Peter. He’s the one that said it. I just read it.”
For one thing, that is not what the scripture means. What it means is this: “Wives, don’t divorce your husbands now that you are a Christ follower.” The Apostle Paul says the same thing in 1 Corinthians 7: “You don’t have to hold on desperately. God has called us to make the best of it, as peacefully as we can. You never know, wife: The way you handle this might bring your husband not only back to you but to God. You never know, husband: The way you handle this might bring your wife not only back to you but to God.” (The Message).
I got this from another SBC pastor this past week in reply to a letter I sent him. This is what he said:
Thanks for taking the time to write. I’m sorry you see the SBC position as a “hard line stance against women.” I would respectfully disagree. I believe the SBC has accurately interpreted the Scriptures and desires to obey our loving Lord on this issue.
This is obviously a cause you are very passionate about and committed to, and there is little chance of me changing your mind. But if you are “genuinely interested in learning more about what the Bible teaches on this subject” and “would be willing to yield to God’s teaching,” I would be happy to pass along some Scriptures and recommended reading.
After I got his email, my husband checked him out on his website. This pastor had just finished a 12 part sermon and he summed it up in the last sermon by saying: “men are ordained to be the head of the household, and the church.” Same old story. Men are ordained to lead, and it is just women stopping them again. How big is that apple?
He is in California and I had great hopes that he would be supportive! But you can see his mind is as closed as mine is when it comes to equality for women.
I wrote back and said, “I got a chuckle out of your reply. I was so with you when you talked about my passion, but then you told me I had a closed mind and was unwilling to yield to God’s teaching.”
Then I said, “I’ll see you in heaven someday. I guess I will be in the women’s section. I’ll wave.”
You think men would go to church to listen to a sermon on how unworthy they are just because they were born?
Isn’t a sermon supposed to be on something you can actually do something about?
Unless we become trans-gender!
If you are not ready to change your gender, join us as we tell others that women are ok just the way they are! Meet me at the CBE Houston Conference on April 27-28. 2-12.