Watching the events unfold in recent weeks with the 2018 SBC Convention, Paige Patterson, the SWBTS Board of Trustees, and all of the rest has kept me very interested in a denomination that is not my own. I didn’t write about the events as they were happening because I was trying to synthesize all of it in the big picture of how it impacts conservative biblical women in the ekklesia.
Women Leading the Way for the 2018 SBC Convention
There was Beth Moore’s letter about how she has been terribly treated for years by her (supposed) brothers in Christ along with all the responses to it. Then there was Megan Lively who shared her rape story and eventually gave up her anonymity to make sure real change happened in the SBC. There were letters released by other women who were assaulted at SBC seminaries and then further abused by those in leadership positions. The SWBTS Board of Trustees made a decision to elevate Paige Patterson to even higher levels long-term and then shockingly reversed their decision several days later and stripped him of practically everything. Then there were some indications at the 2018 SBC Convention that, in the end, at least some of the male leadership in the SBC seemed to finally get it.
It’s all been very interesting.
And then I realized that it was also so very, very familiar.
I’ve heard this song before.
It’s just a different verse.
It’s the song of women leading the way and exposing corruption in Christian circles because the male leadership will not deal with the reality that stares them in the face.
The brave women, gifted by the Holy Spirit, who have been forced to minister on the fringes at the clear disapproval of the male leaders finally can be silent no more.
The women who fear God far more than man finally tear back the curtain and expose the hypocrisy and un-Christlikeness that permeates everything they are dealing with on a daily basis for years or even decades.
Christian Women Lead the Way Against Abuse
Just a little over five years ago, I wrote When Women Lead the Way – Sovereign Grace Ministries Lawsuit, The Gospel Coalition and the Chirping Crickets. In that post I detailed how it was the women who finally spoke out about the problems in Sovereign Grace Ministries. Read this passage about the SGM situation:
Finally, people within the Neo-Reformed circles have been willing to address the situation.
And do you know who stepped out bravely to do so?
Yes, the women. The women are the ones who are leading the way because they can no longer sit by silently while their brothers in Christ pretend that nothing is going on.
I’m glad these women are saying something. I have no doubt they have counted the cost of doing so. After all, many in their camp will consider it unseemly that they are questioning the national leaders. Many in their camp will consider them stepping out of their natural, biblical sphere. And a few in their camp will truly despise these women for speaking out.
Thank God they are willing to risk their reputation within their own circles and speak up.
Doesn’t that sound amazingly similar to what we’ve just witnessed with the SBC?
The 2018 Southern Baptist Convention just gave us another go around of the same thing.
This time it was Beth Moore and Megan Lively and the thousands of women who finally said, “ENOUGH.”
God Raises Up Women to Speak
Why does it take a few brave women to risk everything in order to get
people men to pay attention?
Why do male denominational leaders (with very few exceptions) fail to act with integrity and according to the Scripture until women finally speak up to the point of humiliating them?
Why does God have to raise up women to rebuke these organizations and finally open their eyes to the incredible corruption taking place in so many areas?
And why do these organizations continue to insist that there is no place for women to lead or speak with the authority of the Scriptures when the women are the ones God eventually works through to wake people up?
Why do complementarian men continue to ignore their insightful sisters in Christ to the point of embarrassment?
When you silence half of the body of Christ, you cannot expect it to be healthy. When you tell half of the ekklesia to shut up and know their place in the nursery, you cannot be surprised when God does not bless your endeavors.
How many times do we have to watch these kinds of situations?
And these are just the few that got a lot of coverage. This doesn’t even include the probably thousands and thousands of abusive pastors, husbands, and fathers who dismiss and abuse women and girls every year in the name of Christ and “biblical” male authority.
How long before conservative biblical Christians wake up and realize that God is not pleased with the way His daughters are being treated?
How long will complementarian men continue to wallow in their own sin and corruption while chastising women gifted by God for using their gifts to bring the Gospel to a lost and hurting world?