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Jimmy Carter and the SBC

July 17, 2009

Jimmy Carter has now officially left the Southern Baptist Convention over the fact that the SBC’s statement of faith and leaders are primarily conservative complementarians.  His disgust for the movement is that there is a sense of “inferiority for women.”  These leaders, according to Carter, “pick and choose carefully selected verses found in the Holy Scriptures to justify the superiority of men.”  He goes on to say that these passages of Scripture, “owe more to time and place, than eternal truths.”  For Cater, these practices are simply “outdated” and “self-serving.”

A few observations:

(1) Carter is not allowing Scripture to be the authority over his understanding God’s design for men and women in the home and in the Church.  He is rather letting experience and culture do the interpretation for him.

(2) He displays a real lack of understanding of the complementarian position.  He equates the requirement of pastors to be men to the Islamic culture “punishing women for permitting the exposure of an arm or ankle, deprived of education, prohibited from driving a car or competing with men for a job. If a woman is raped, she is often most severely punished as the guilty party in the crime.”

For complementarians, men and women are equal in dignity and worth since we are both made in the image of God, yet God has created us each with a design and purpose for the Church and for the home.

(3) Carter shows little care for the purity of the Church and the reliance on the authority of Scripture to guide us in our life and service in the Gospel.  Rather, the different instruction specifically for men and women are arbitrarily tagged as “outdated” and “owe more to a time and place, than eternal truth.”

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Galen permalink
    July 19, 2009 12:38 am

    Good info. I had not heard that.

    This is the same mindset that drags our country away from what the founding fathers said. Only this time it is from what The Founding Father said.

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