The repeated quashing of the majority of the messengers has raised reasonable doubts about the integrity of the process
The amendment passed overwhelmingly with the support of approximately 80% of the SBC’s messengers by raised ballot.
“While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.” (Baptist Faith and Message)
Whether women can be pastors in the SBC seems increasingly likely to be decided by a popularity contest over Rick Warren.
Leaders and messengers of the SBC need to start having reasoned discussions about these matters now. The SBC will need leaders who have discernment, moral clarity and a backbone. Those running for leadership in the SBC must use their platforms in the coming two weeks to lead the way on deliberations about proposing constructive paths forward.
Sad to say, but American higher education is littered with once-venerable Christian colleges and universities that have succumbed to the spirit of the age. If any school were immune to this trend, one would think it would be Grove City College, an institution not only grounded in Biblical orthodoxy and the conservative intellectual tradition but also with a history of vigorously defending its mission and identity.