A Christian apologist is praising the Tennessee Baptist Convention for rejecting a congregation that chose a woman to be its senior pastor.
At their annual meeting, messengers to the state convention voted overwhelmingly not to seat messengers from First Baptist Church in Jefferson City because the congregation has a woman as senior pastor, The Christian Post reports.
Dr. Alex McFarland says the Tennessee Baptists' decision to cut ties with the church was based on Scripture.
"The Southern Baptists have been imminently clear over the years regarding gender roles, the roles of men and women: Complementarianism -- that men and women are equal in worth and value, but by God's Word and God's providence, unique in function."
McFarland, co-host of "Exploring the Word" on American Family Radio, believes the church in Jefferson City has taken a "progressive" turn.
"I am firmly convinced that it's not that there aren't adequate male pastors to be called to local churches," he submits. "It's that they want to make a statement; they want to be politically correct rather than be biblically correct. It's more about their defiance to Scripture or that ignorance of it than trying to really grow a church that will honor Christ the Savior and further the Great Commission."
He says the Jefferson City church is "out of God's will in terms of how to run the church of Jesus Christ."
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