Two descriptions were used to describe me this week – Impute motives and combative. Both were from pastors.
These descriptions apply also to churches.
I have visited thousands of church websites and find a common theme on them all. They proclaim love and friendliness. I have found impure motives on many of those websites. Following is from sermons that I listened to from SBC churches.
Impure motives – seeking to keep women as second class citizens.
“In this loving fellowship, there is a place for you!” proclaims the church where the pastor preached on 1 Peter 3 and told wives that if “you don’t like what it says, take it up with St Peter.”
Another church that I know well lists three sermons on their website. One was preached on Fathers’ Day and the pastor told his congregation “Husbands, you have to allow your wife to submit to you, because by doing so she is showing obedience to Christ.”
Combative – an “in your face website, “
Listing church legal documents on the website, such as the bylaws and constitution. The only reason a church would list these documents on the website is for visitors and church members to know that this church does not allow women deacons. There is no other reason to list it on your website. These documents are always available to members. This particular church had many people leave just at the mention that they might reconsider and leave out the word “men” when describing deacons. The following was found on their church website. Do you see anything there that a woman can’t do?
Section 1. DEACONS AND DEACON OFFICERS. a. The fellowship of deacons shall consist of ordained men, elected by the church, who are willing to serve and agree to faiathfully attend deacon’s meetings, church services and to actively participate in ministries of the church.
Providing links to the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 which tells women that they can’t be pastors, and also says that women are to be under the leadership of their husbands.
When a church posts on its website that it favors men above women – men only deacons, the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 – then that church is being combative, and its impure motive is just that: favoring men over women.
Do you want to learn what the Bible says about men and women serving in church fellowship together? If so, come to our CBE Houston Conference on April 27-28, 2012.
Do you want to promote women as full servants of God – as deacons or as pastors? If so, pray for us! This conference is extremely important to this area. Pray for a change in attitude starting in the pews and moving all through the church.