“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 & Message (BF&M)
“An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife...” -1 Timothy 3:2

“I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.” -1 Timothy 2:12

We know what the Bible says. We know what the BF&M says. The former is God’s word. The latter is a faithful interpretation of God’s word.

The Bible identifies many areas of meaningful ministry for women, but that does not include the office or function of a pastor.

Why would any Southern Baptist defy God’s word & the statement of faith that we’ve agreed on as the basis for cooperation? To do so...

1. Compromises our mission


2. Jeopardizes our ability to cooperate in that mission.

It matters not how big or “successful” your church’s ministry is. You are never wiser than the Bible. Your ministry is never so crucial that you get a pass on defying Scripture.

You are called to biblical integrity no matter who you are.


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No Christian’s ministry is so vital that they have transcended the need and the command to be vitally connected to a local church.

If you are not so connected, all is not well with you—no matter how successful you think your ministry is.

“Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

-Hebrews 10:24-25

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Utter madness.


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THEN: The nation was unified by national tragedy.

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THEN: The nation was immeasurably grateful for and valorizing first responders, including policeman.

NOW: The nation is divided with many expressing open hostility toward policemen and wishing to disband police forces.


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