So let’s get this straight. The June 13, 2018 keynote sermon for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas will be delivered by a guy:
- who suggested that abused women should pray for their husbands and avoid divorce.
- who inappropriately talked about a sixteen-year-old girl’s body from the pulpit
- who has been called-out for this behavior by several prominent Southern Baptists
- who fired a student from a campus job and took away his financial aid for a disloyal tweet about the aformentioned issues.
- who has had Southern Baptist women call for his firing.
- who has had Southwestern Baptist Seminary alums call for his resignation.
- who has had Southern Baptist men call for his firing
- who “apologized” for the aforementioned incidents, but never said he was wrong
- who has been accused of running a seminary defined by “unrelenting misogyny.”
- who has been accused of covering-up a rape on a seminary campus where he served as president.
- who has been accused of stealing archive boxes of letters that may have papers related to this rape.
- who has claimed he is innocent of all the aforementioned charges.
- who despite the aforementioned charges, was still given a cushy golden parachute by the Southwestern Board of Trustees.
- who prepared a PowerPoint presentation to prove he is “under attack.”
- who has supporters like this guy.
- who one prominent Southern Baptist leader said is part of the reason why the “judgment of God…has now come to the house of the Southern Baptist Convention.”
- who lives in a world that no longer exists
Here is a taste of Sarah Pulliam Bailey’s piece at The Washington Post:
Prominent Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson was removed Wednesday from his job as president of his seminary amid a backlash from thousands of women, but that doesn’t mean his role in the Southern Baptist Convention is over. Patterson is still set to deliver the high-profile sermon at the convention’s annual meeting, which is expected to draw thousands to Dallas next month, and that prospect has alarmed many Southern Baptists, who fear it could send the wrong message to women.
Patterson was chosen as this year’s sermon preacher during last year’s annual meeting in Phoenix by about 5,000 Southern Baptists who were there. The only way he will not preach the sermon this year is if he personally withdraws or if “messengers” — delegates appointed by Southern Baptist churches — vote for him not to give the sermon. Messengers can make a motion on the first day of the meeting, which is June 12. Patterson is set to preach the next day.
Patterson has sent notices to some groups that were scheduled to have him speak in the future, saying he is willing to step away if it would harm their ministries, according to Ed Stetzer, a highly connected Southern Baptist who is also the executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. Stetzer said he hopes Patterson will also back down from giving the sermon at the convention.
“If he speaks at the convention, the incalculable damage of the last few weeks will be exponentially magnified,” Stetzer wrote in a statement to The Washington Post. Stetzer said that he hopes Patterson will step away but that if he doesn’t, a motion calling for him to step down will probably pass. Charles Patrick, a spokesman for the seminary, did not respond to requests on Saturday and Sunday for comment on whether Patterson still plans to give the sermon.
Read the entire piece here.
It almost seems like the Southern Baptist leadership WANTS to bring division and disunity to their convention.