J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the US, calls Sabbleback Church recent ordination of women “disappointing.”
Greear urges his denomination to “stand on the bedrock of God’s Word — whether the issue is the role of pastor or any other issue.”
Women ordination in the SBC is prohibited, based on the denomination’s reading of Scripture. Popular Bible teacher Beth Moore left the denomination, citing the denomination’s limitations on the role of women in ministry as one of the reasons.
With Saddleback’s recent ordination of three women at a Thursday night service, for the SBC–“Houston, we have a problem!”
On his website, Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is calling on his denomination to take a firm stance on the issue of the ordination of women.
“The Southern Baptist Convention must not be unclear about our theological convictions and the ground of our cooperation. We cannot afford to be. Attempts to deny the issue will not work. Right now, Southern Baptists will decide if we will redefine the doctrine of the Southern Baptist Convention. I do not believe that Southern Baptists will allow this to happen. I do not believe that Southern Baptists will retreat from the truth. (source)
If the prohibition of the ordination of women is against the denomination’s theological beliefs and conviction, then, yes, a stance must and should be taken, to sustain its identity (see the denomination’s Baptist Faith & Message, Article VI) .
Owen Strachan, a theology professor at Grace Bible Theological Seminary, goes so far as saying,
“Churches that affirm women pastors are opposing the Word of God, and opposing the Word of God means opposing God himself.”
Mr. Strachan is certainly entitled to his own opinions and convictions, but to say that the ordination of women as pastors is opposing God himself is to charge denominations and local churches, who affirm the practice of women ordination, as opposing God himself.
This is quite a charge!
Mr. Strachan and his denomination need to know that they do not have the final say on how to read God’s Word on the matter of the ordination of women.
Are we talking about opposing the doctrine of the Trinity here?