“So what exactly does this mean? Does this mean that there is hope for the SBC? Does this mean that the SBC isn’t drifting to the left after all? Does this mean that we are wrong about the direction of the denomination and that it truly is a conservative denomination?”
On June 14, 2023, the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) overwhelmingly voted in favor of disfellowshipping Saddleback Church by an astonishing number. I assumed the vote would be close, yet 89 percent of the convention voted to hold member churches to the biblical standard of male pastoral leadership.
In 2021, Rick Warren, the former pastor of Saddleback ordained three women to the pastorate before his retirement which opened the denomination up to a debate over women pastors. In 2022, the credentials committee recommended that the convention implement a task force to study the issue of women pastors. Also in 2022, Rick Warren retired and the new pastor, Andy Wood of Echo Church, a Southern Baptist (NAMB) church plant with women pastors, took over the role of lead pastor at Saddleback.
CRN’s homepage contains a list of professing Christians to keep an eye on. Scroll down to WARNING. The list contains many people you’ll want to mark and avoid as per Rom 16:17-18 such as Rick Warren and the SBC.
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