Prominent Southern Baptist leaders Russell Moore and Thom Rainer are speaking out against the controversial comments of a former Southern Baptist Convention president who in 2000 appeared to advocate for women to remain with abusive husbands.
Last Saturday, the Baptist Blogger posted an audio recording from 2000 in which former SBC head Paige Patterson, who currently serves as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, spoke of encouraging a woman to remain with her abusive husband.
Rainer, who is president and CEO of LifeWay, released a statement on Monday, declaring that there “is no level or type of abuse of women that is acceptable.”
“We have been called by God to show honor and respect to all women and girls. They are our mothers, our sisters, our daughters, our granddaughters, and our wives,” stated Rainer.
“And I stand with all who say ‘no’ to any type of abuse of women at any time and under any circumstance.”
Moore, who heads the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, echoed Rainer’s position on Tuesday.
“A woman being abused should leave the house and call the police. The state should prosecute the abuser and the church should discipline him,” tweeted Moore.
“Marriage as a picture of the Christ/church mystery (Eph. 5:32) means that spousal abuse is not only cruel and unlawful, but is all that and also blasphemous against a Christ who loves and sacrificed himself for his Bride.”
The controversial recording was reportedly of an interview Patterson gave to the Council on Biblical Womanhood and Manhood in 2000.
Patterson said in the recording, “It depends on the level of abuse to some degree. I have never in my ministry counseled that anybody seek a divorce, and I do think that’s always wrong counsel.
“There have been, however, an occasion or two when the level of the abuse was serious enough, dangerous enough, immoral enough that I have counseled temporary separation and the seeking of help. I would urge you to understand that that should happen only in the most serious of cases.”
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Source: Christian Post