Hundreds of Southern Baptist women are signing an online petition demanding the dismissal of a president of the seminary to investigate the subjugation of women who are unbiblical.
As of Monday noon, more than 1,700 names appeared on an open letter from Southern Baptist women supporting the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 positions on the roles of men and women in the family and church.
The letter urges the trustees of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to "act decisively" against President Paige Patterson for recorded footage of past commentaries on women, sexuality and domestic violence and "the bad testimony of the gospel they reflect"
"The world is watching us all, brothers," say the women. "You wonder how we could possibly be part of a denomination that Dr. Patterson counts as a leader."
"You wonder if all of the Southern Baptist men believe that the biblical view of a sixteen-year-old girl is" built "and" good "- an object that needs to be sexually examined," the letter said. "You wonder if all pastors of the Southern Baptists believe it is acceptable to counsel a battered woman like Dr. Patterson did in the past, you wonder if Jesus of the Bible is like those men that Jesus is not and that our first duty as Southern Baptists is to give the world a true picture of Jesus. "
CEO Kevin Ueckert announced that the Curators will meet on May 22 on Patterson's advice In 2000, a woman prayerfully submitted to an abusive spouse.
Patterson, in a statement, doubled what he said 18 years ago and accused Internet critics of purposely misrepresenting his views. Since then, video has emerged showing Patterson objectifying a 16-year-old girl in a sermon illustration in 2014.
Four decades ago, Patterson led a takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention under the banner of Biblical Infallibility – the view that the Bible is free from error, not only in matters of faith, but also in matters of science and history.
He helped draft the Danvers Declaration and formulated a view known as Complementarism, which states that men and women are equal in the eyes of God but were created for different roles in the church and at home. The statement is based on the changes made to the official creed of the Southern Baptist Convention, which called on women to submit to their husbands at home and to say that women in the church can not preach or exercise authority over men.
The called fiduciary meeting comes at a time a number of people call Patterson, 75, to retire from the Fort Worth, Texas, which he has been running since 2003. Patterson will be giving a public reprimand at the SBC Annual Meeting in Dallas next month to attend the press poll.
"The Southern Baptist Convention can not allow the biblical view of leadership to be abused so that a leader with an unbiblical view of authority, femininity, and sexuality can continue to lead." The open letter to the seminar trustee says.
Prior to becoming President of Southwestern Seminary, Patterson directed Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest, NC He served as president of the SBC in 1998 and 1999.
In 2007, Patterson fired a Hebrew teacher because she is a woman. In the same year, the Southwestern started a degree course in Homemaking. His wife, Dorothy, serves as a lecturer in theology at the Faculty of Women's Studies.
Patterson is also being referred to in a sexual abuse case against his co-founder Paul Pressler, the "Conservative Resurrection." Both men deny any wrongdoing.
Patterson has his defenders. An open letter on the SBC Today blog describes a "coup forcibly removing him" as president in Southwestern by putting pressure on the trustees of the seminar.
"Honestly, if not for Patterson, our denomination would be so saturated with liberal theology would choose the homosexual prorectors who support evolution and support Hillary," publisher Rick Patrick said in a blog on April 30. "Instead of attacking him "We should thank him."
Before the Current Controversy The Seminar The board invited Patterson to live on campus as the first scholarship holder of the Baptist Heritage Center. A new library opening this fall will include collections to study the Conservative Resurrection.
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