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20 September, 2008 / theexpositor

S. Baptist Bookstores Pull Magazine Featuring Female Pastors….

…But they will still take your money and sell you a copy!

For some reason, I continue to be amazed at how easy it is for some to declare their convictions, except when it comes to money. In this story from, the report comes of LifeWay’s decision to remove an edition of the magazine Gospel Today, because as Chip Turner, a spokesman for Lifeway Resources, told The Christian Post recently…

“We have removed the September/October issue of Gospel Today from our shelves because the cover story, featuring female pastors, clearly advocates a position contrary to our denomination’s statement of faith, the Baptist Faith & Message.” The Baptist Faith and Message declares that “While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.”

I agree with this position and believe it be consistent with Scripture, and it a position that the Southern Baptist Convention has maintained for years.

My question is, if this is such an important issue, and LifeWay/SBC feels the magazines story promotes a position that is inconsistent to the Baptist Faith and Message, and most importantly contradicts Biblical truth, why not just remove the magazine completely? Why just put them behind the counter where somewhere can ask for one to buy it? If someone walks in and asks for this particular magazine, will LifeWay give it to them for free, or will they require them to pay for it?

In the manner that is so common with LifeWay and in many ways sadly the SBC, convictions are convictions, but hey when it means money, well thats another thing all together.

My pastor (Southern Baptist by the way) told a joke on numerous ocassions. He would say how a Southern Baptist member once geared up to fight the enemy, putting on the armor of God, as described in Ephesians 6. The enemy fired at him constantly; an arrow would hit his helmet and bounce right off, another would strike him in the breastplate and drop harmlessly to the ground. Finally, the devil’s arrow struck the SBCer in his hip pocket, piercing his wallet and killed him dead.  



  1. the Rev. Bryan Dabney / Sep 25 2008 13 08

    If one follows the Scriptures, then one will reject the notion of a woman as a pastor or leader of worship over a man. It is not meant to be sexist, it is a requirement of God on his church. Therefore are we to obey God or man when it comes to the operations of the word?

  2. Seminarian / Jul 30 2010 12 58

    There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ (Gal 3:28). Conflicting with Timothy, eh? If women are not able to become pastors, then they should also be kept silent and not wear jewerly.. Sounds a little Amish like to me, not that anything is wrong with that… My mother-in-law sits on the SBC in the state of FL…. It would be a tragedy if she was not permitted to sit/vote at the convention, she has so much to offer, plus I don’t think you could ever keep her silent 🙂

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