Southern Baptist Credentials Committee Declines to Disfellowship Saddleback Church for Ordinating Women as Pastors

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Credentials Committee will not remove Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church over its ordination of three women as pastors. The bombshell was dropped this morning in the Tuesday Convention Bulletin.

According to the Credentials Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, the title and function of pastor can be separated. In fact, the Credentials Committee claimed that it could find “little information evidencing the Convention’s beliefs regarding the use of the ‘title of pastor’ for staff positions with different responsibility and authority than that of the lead pastor.”

However, a member of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 drafting committee said the exact opposite last year. None other than Albert Mohler said about women with the title of pastor, “Southern Baptists have stated confessionally that we are complementarian in the home and in the Church. We don’t mention all the Church offices, but the office of pastor is really clear,” he explained. “In Baptist life, we’ve understood from the beginning that ‘function’ and ‘office’ are the same thing.

“I’ll just state emphatically,” he continued. “I believe that consistency with the Baptist Faith & Message means that someone who is understood to be ‘preaching’ and fulfilling that preaching task on Sunday morning where … someone holding the teaching office would be fulfilling that task … I think it would violate the Baptist Faith & Message in letter and in spirit for a woman to do that.”

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Source: Capstone Report