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?
Here in the US, on Monday, May 31, 2021, is Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in fulfilling their military duties, to guarantee our freedoms and protect our national interests.
Yes, freedom is not free.
And as we remember and honor the fallen, we would be remiss if we did not reflect on the ultimate sacrifice paid to guarantee and seal our freedom.
“For freedom Christ has set us free” (Galatians 5:1).