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Saddleback Church Ouster From Southern Baptists Over THE HANDMAIDENS CONSPIRACY “Sets A Very Dangerous Course, Is Driven By Power, Male Supremacy; And It Stinks In The Nostrils Of God,” Say Pastors

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Last week the Southern Baptist Convention ousted Saddleback Church, one of its largest and highest-profile member churches, from its ranks. The reason? Because the Orange County megachurch has ordained three women as associate pastors and named Stacie Wood, wife of the church’s senior pastor, Andy Wood, a teaching pastor. The SBC added a ban on female pastors to its statement of core beliefs, the Faith and Message doctrine, in 2000, but the decision to remove Saddleback, a rare success story in a time of declining church membership, has not been met with uniform enthusiasm among the SBC’s roughly 47,000 member churches. Dwight McKissic, senior pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, shared his displeasure on Twitter, writing that the decision to “disfellowship” Saddleback was not about Scripture or adherence to the Baptist Faith and Message. “It’s driven by power, male supremacy; and it stinks in the nostrils of God,” he wrote. Adam Greenway, who served as the president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from February 2019 to September 2022, was one of many who argued that the decision sets a bad precedent: “There seems to be a sentiment in today’s SBC that wants to purify the Convention, and sees ‘women pastors’ as a huge threat to biblical authority and a slippery slope toward liberalism and drift,” he wrote on Twitter. “A few years ago it was Calvinism. Perhaps it will be something else later on… (READ MORE)

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