The Sunday Message

Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control. – 1 Timothy 2:11-15 (NKJV)

There are a few news articles about the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Dallas this week (June 12-13).

NBC News reported this:

The Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest evangelical denomination, is headed for a showdown over its treatment of women that could not only have far-reaching ramifications for the church but also influence the broader secular #MeToo movement.

At its annual meeting next week in Dallas, delegates called “messengers” will decide whether to approve a resolution acknowledging that, throughout the church’s history, male leaders and members of the church “wronged women, abused women, silenced women, objectified women.”

The Associated Press reported it this way:

A series of sexual misconduct cases has prompted the Southern Baptist Convention’s socially conservative, all-male leadership to seek forgiveness for the ill treatment of women and vow to combat it. Hoping for more than rhetoric, women and some male allies plan a protest rally in Dallas when the two-day meeting opens on Tuesday.

I attended a Southern Baptist church for several years. It’s where I received my foundation in religion. I was never taught to think of a woman as second class or that women did not have as much to offer to the church as a man.

On the other hand, I’ve known people who believe that their wives are supposed to surrender authority to the man in the relationships. I have always thought that was hogwash.

The verse above is one of the confusing parts of the Bible for some. There are many confusing parts in the Bible that we must pray about to understand.

This is 2018, not the 1950s.

I hope that next week the members of the SBC get down on their knees and asked forgiveness for the way they have treated women over the years in their convention. It’s time that women took positions of leadership in the SBC.