If you followed the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting last week, you’re probably familiar with the Mike Law Amendment. This amendment, spearheaded by Pastor Mike Law, aimed to clarify the role of women within the SBC by constitutionally prohibiting them from holding pastoral positions.
The amendment received overwhelming support from approximately 80% of SBC messengers, despite the opposition of the SBC’s Executive Committee. It sought to reinforce traditional Baptist teachings rooted in scripture and address the discrepancy between the SBC’s stated principles and the presence of women serving as pastors in certain churches. Although the amendment will need to be reaffirmed the following year, its passage signifies a collective commitment to upholding the SBC’s longstanding position on this issue.
Yet, despite the overwhelming support for the amendment, there are raging feminists within, and outside of, the SBC who are up in arms over its passage. Recently, a now-deleted web page was published on the Amendment’s website that contained a non-exhaustive list of numerous Southern Baptist churches that listed women as pastors, according to publicly available information. According to these feminists, these “women pastors” have been doxxed which, according to them, amounts to abuse.
First up is Beth Allison Barr. Barr is not Southern Baptist, but she is highly involved in Southern Baptist life. Like Rick Warren, Barr’s mission in life has become to feminize the SBC and she spends the vast majority of her day on Twitter complaining about how misogynistic the SBC is. In the following tweet, she complains about how “dangerous” publicly posting this list of women pastors is, despite the fact that all of this information is publicly available on these individual church’s web sites.
But here’s the funny thing—back in March, the exact same list was publicly posted. But before the passage of the amendment, Barr didn’t see the list as “dangerous,” rather, she saw it as “encouraging” because of all the women pastors in the SBC.
Of course, feminists don’t play fair. Which brings us to the brutally dishonest and notorious liar, Karen Swallow Prior, a professor at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Here, Swallow Prior also argues that the list of publicly available information is “doxxing” despite the fact that it contains absolutely no private information, and only contains the information publicly available on these churches’ websites.
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Of course, as stated in the title, the outcry is from women of both sexes, which includes flaming homosexuals like Jonathan Merritt, the son of former SBC president, James Merrit.
Merritt writes in an article on RNS, “The Southern Baptist Convention is a denomination on fire. It’s reeling from scandal, tarnished in the eyes of the public, confused as to what unites it and is contracting at an unprecedented rate. Data does not lie, and in this case, the data all points in one direction. The denomination’s demise shows no sign of slowing, and after New Orleans, we have no reason to believe it will reverse course in the foreseeable future.”
I agree with him that the denomination’s demise is imminent but for different reasons. And the only thing “on fire” here is Merritt’s passion for other men. Yet, this is the mindset of the world that wants to see the SBC cave to its demands. For these feminists of both sexes, the Southern Baptist Convention is dying because it hasn’t evolved enough to mimic the world. But for those of us who truly believe in the Bible and have been called by Christ to follow Him, it is clear that the SBC has already yielded too much. Any reprieve from total apostasy within the SBC will likely be short-lived and only serve to prolong the inevitable.