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Christianity Johnson on 20 Sep 2008 08:41 am

The Baptist church: Home of hypocrisy and discrimination

Imagine a giant American corporation with tens of thousands of employees. It also has tens of thousands of franchises all over the country.

Now imagine that this corporation actively discourages women from being managers. What do you think would happen to a corporation like that?

If there were a normal corporation, it would be severely punished.

But if it is a church, nothing happens, as highlighted in this article:

Magazine Featuring Female Pastors Pulled From Shelves, ‘Treated Like Pornography’

At issue is a magazine cover that features five female pastors. The magazine was pulled off the shelves. Why?

The group says women pastors go against its beliefs, according to its interpretation of the New Testament. The magazine was taken off stands in more than 100 Lifeway Christian Bookstores across the country.

And:

Nationally, the Southern Baptists have adopted statements discouraging women from being pastors, but their 42,000 U.S. churches are independent and a few have selected women to lead their congregations.

You might think that the news story is exaggerating, until you look at an article like this published by Baptist Press:

BAPTISTS, THE BIBLE & WOMEN: There is no “Palin predicament” for Southern Baptists or Evangelicals

Similarly, in the first of his pastoral epistles (how things are to be done in the church) to Timothy, his son in the faith, the Apostle Paul instructs that “a woman is not to usurp authority over the man” (1 Tim. 2:12). As have adherents to many other Christian faith traditions, most Southern Baptists have understood this to mean that women are not to be pastors of local churches, since the pastoral office is a position of authority. Consequently, the Baptist Faith and Message declares that “While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.”

The contradictions here are profound:

1) The U.S. government, which would punish any normal organization that behaved this way, turns a blind eye to this obvious case of discrimination.

2) The church has tens of millions of female members who, apparently, have been forced or brainwashed into silence.

Any rational person is once again left dumbfounded at the hypocrisy and backwardness of religion, and is stunned by the way the government ignores this obvious case of discrimination.

There is another contradiction that this situation points out. Notice the way that Baptists claim to strictly adhere to the exact letter of the Bible in the case of female pastors. But then notice how other parts of the Bible are completely ignored. For example, take Luke 6:27-36:

[27] “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, [28] bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. [29] If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. [30] Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. [31] Do to others as you would have them do to you.

[32] “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ’sinners’ love those who love them. [33] And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ’sinners’ do that. [34] And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ’sinners’ lend to ’sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. [35] But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. [36] Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Jesus’s message is simple enough: Love your enemies. Yet Baptists support Bush (who started the war in Iraq), McCain (who sings “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb; Bomb, Bomb Iran”) and Palin (who is ready to go to war with Russia).

The level of hypocrisy is astounding.

If you are a Christian who is growing tired of the hypocrisy and discrimination, this web site can help you break free of religious nonsense:

- Whywontgodhealamputees.com

Also see:

- Godisimaginary.com

2 Responses to “The Baptist church: Home of hypocrisy and discrimination”

  1. on 20 Sep 2008 at 10:31 pm 1.PSR said …

    This section from the second article is hilarious:

    “Southern Baptists are clear that men and women “are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image.” Most Southern Baptists do believe that while husband and wife are equal, that in a marriage the wife is to voluntarily place herself under “the servant leadership of her husband.”

    If she doesn’t voluntarily become the servant? She probably gets kicked out.

    Also hilarious:

    “These theological convictions about the limits on women in leadership in the home and the church have nothing to do with women serving in leadership roles in public service. Southern Baptists and other Evangelicals with similar beliefs do not go beyond where they believe the New Testament leads them. And where the New Testament is silent, so are they.”

    The new testament doesn’t say a word about abortion, Internet porn, contraception, etc. When is an evangelical silent about these topics?

  2. on 21 Sep 2008 at 8:01 am 2.VeridicusX said …

    “Let’s review. Southern Baptists favored slavery, Jim Crow laws, segregation, and fought against women’s suffrage, federal lynching laws, desegregation and civil rights. Now they call for women to submit to their husbands regardless of the talents, abilities or calling of the parties…” – Edward Babinski [http://www.edwardtbabinski.us/religion/southern_baptist_history.html]

    Bigotry is the face of religion in general and Judaeo-Christianity in particular.

    These are people who are supposed to be “guided by the Word” and “led by the Spirit”. Christians in general are guided by bigoted nonsense and led by the nose.

    When the Christians who post on this site are brought face-to-face with any substantive issues, they ultimately ignore them. They might pick at something a few times, but ultimately they don’t answer them and then presumably hope that no-one will notice.

    We should expect the usual private interpretations of the Judaeo-Christian Scriptures, (that contradict these self-same scriptures), and the usual illogical, evidence free assertions that fly in the face of physics, biology, neuroscience, psychology, etc.

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