Jimmy Carter Quits Southern Baptist Church


The following was in the news this afternoon:

Jimmy Carter Leaves Church Over Treatment of Women

Posted: 07/20/09

After more than 60 years together, Jimmy Carter has announced himself at odds with the Southern Baptist Church — and he’s decided it’s time they go their separate ways. Via Feministing, the former president called the decision “unavoidable” after church leaders prohibited women from being ordained and insisted women be “subservient to their husbands.”

Said Carter…

The truth is that male religious leaders have had — and still have — an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women…


While the above statement from former USA President Carter is true, the full truth is that, other than possibly serving as deaconesses and sometimes having a prophetic role, women are not supposed to be part of the ordained ministry according to the Bible.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says. And if they want to learn something, let them ask their own husbands at home; for it is shameful for women to speak in church. (1 Corinthians 14:34-35).

Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:11-12).

Thus, the New Testament does not support the concept of women preaching sermons in, or to be a pastor over, a church.

But it needs to be understood that the Bible does not prevent women from having important roles in the church.  Actually, they should.

For proof, please study the article Women and the New Testament Church

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