Can N.C. Baptists walk together without unity in doctrine? : Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004
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Can N.C. Baptists walk together without unity in doctrine? : Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004

Can N.C. Baptists walk together without unity in doctrine?

It was interesting to read an editorial entitled, "Would Amos agree?" (BR, Dec. 11, printed edition). In the editorial he stated, "... as if a single out-of-context scripture settles everything." I agree. That is why I am amazed when the more moderate Baptists justify unbiblical stands with proof texts. For example, I have heard it taught that women can serve as pastors based on Romans 16 and Phoebe, the deaconess. Paul commends Phoebe as a servant in the church who led and taught other women (see Titus 2). This text has absolutely nothing to do with qualifying a woman as a pastor. The other text used is Galatians 3:28, which also does not address ministry, but spiritual equality. However, the moderate camp seems to by-pass 1 Timothy 3:1-7 where the qualifications are clearly given. No one has ever been able to explain to me how a woman can be the husband of one wife. Women are vital to the church and essential to ministry, but as dictated by scripture, cannot serve as pastors.

So the question remains can N.C. Baptists walk together? Yes, if there is unity in doctrine. How can we be united, yet many churches do not support the SBC? Adrian Rogers said it clearly, "To be divided by truth is better than to be united by error."

We may have to divide in order to unite.

Michael P. McGirt

Fayetteville, N.C.

12/21/2004 12:00:00 AM by | with 0 comments




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