Last week a woman pastor I know got an invitation to a Big Game Awards dinner honoring Paige Patterson. For those of you who do not know Paige, he is the president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. This is the largest of the Southern Baptist Seminaries. Patterson was also one of the authors behind the Danvers Statement and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 – documents that are designed to keep women in their place. The Danvers Statement is to all evangelical churches and the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 is to corral Baptist women. His office at SWTBS is filled with stuffed Big Game and he has a beautiful rug on the floor made from one of his shots. Big he-man stuff. You may remember that I received an invitation to a church sponsored Wild Game Event last year – which wasn’t really a Safari but a farce. (Snipe Hunting with Paige Patterson).
Anyway, this event is a grand affair inviting pastors to celebrate with the Big Man hunter.
The invitation was signed Locked and Loaded.
The church secretary replied back:
Dear Locked and Loaded.
I am sure you sent this to the pastor of the church thinking all pastors are men, but our church pastor is a woman. Thank God for that. I don’t know if she is interested in hearing about Big Game hunting from Paige Patterson. I will ask her though. I am not sure she is a good shot. Do you still want her to come?
No reply from L & L.
Of course they thought that the church pastor was a man. Isn’t that how God intended it?
If you think it is time for church pastors to be women, speak up. Jesus did. Jesus showed us the way, but of course the first four books of the New Testament have no effect when it is restriction of women you want to maintain.