Dr. Paige Patterson, the former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is speaking out for the first time about his firing and the controversies surrounding the denomination.
In May, Patterson was dismissed from his position at Fort Worth-based SWBTS at the height of the #MeToo movement over advice he gave 50 years ago to a woman who was subsequently struck by her husband – the couple eventually healed their marriage – and by more recent allegations that he covered up sexual assaults at the seminaries that he led.
“Satan has us sidetracked for a moment. We are looking at things and acting in ways that are unfortunate. But God has a way of bringing his people back …”
Patterson denies those allegations and told Janet Mefferd on American Family Radio on Wednesday that the board of trustees was wrong to let him go.
“No, of course I didn’t feel they did the right thing for the right reason,” he said, responding to Mefferd’s inquiry, “and I think their subsequent behavior after that has been subject to serious question.”
Despite evidence suggesting there was no cover-up, the board continues to hold its ground.
Patterson has moved on to teach a course in ethics at non-denominational Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. But he remains concerned about the state of the Southern Baptist Convention, specifically the affinity by some in leadership for a social justice agenda.
“As far as I can tell, most of the people in the social justice movement seem to me to be orthodox believers,” he shared, “but I do believe that they have put certain things to the forefront as concerns that outweigh other concerns that evangelical Christians primarily ought to have.”
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SOURCE: One News Now, Steve Jordahl