Monday, September 29, 2008

Southern Baptists and "Female Preachers"


Just when I think I've heard it all, get this: more than a 100 Southern Baptist bookstores have removed a magazine featuring the work of "female pastors."

Gospel Today was snatched from more than 100 Lifeway Christian Bookstore racks because the women on the cover are church pastors.

For this incredible story, click HERE.

Are we living in the same century?

What does this say about their ideological climate?
And speaking of climate, I'll give ya' one guess about their take on global warming ...
And maybe another guess on McPalin ...
And creationism?
And guns?
And gays?

This kind of "christianity" is so far off the beaten path, it boggles the mind.
What's the difference here between Nazis burning books and artwork in Berlin, 1933?
This kind of control, manipulation, twisting of reality - for what purpose?

Some kind of arcane doctrine?
A misreading of the Bible?
Misogyny?

Wasn't it the women who first entered the empty tomb?
Were they not given the first commission?

Were not women co-workers with Paul?

The few texts that allegedly prohibit women from speaking have been accurately re-interpreted by evangelical women who are helping the entire church understand these few texts (and why would a few texts, anyway, be used to exclude an entire gender from the life of the church?) and how men have twisted the reading and bent the interpretation to maintain a male hierarchy dismantled by Jesus and Paul.

See Christians for Biblical Equality for more on how evangelical women are re-reading these texts.

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