In his current write-up at RNS, veteran reporter Bob Smietana summarized John MacArthur’s current conference in which he took aim at the Southern Baptists and at Beth Moore:
(RNS) — Evangelical pastor John MacArthur, speaking at a celebration of his 50th year in pulpit ministry this week, weighed in on an ongoing debate in the Southern Baptist Convention more than females preachers, claiming the nation’s biggest Protestant denomination has lost faith in authority of the Bible.
He claimed the SBC had taken a “headlong plunge” toward permitting females preachers at its annual meeting this summer season.
That, he mentioned, was a sign the denomination no longer believed in biblical authority.
“When you actually overturn the teaching of Scripture to empower persons who want energy, you have provided up biblical authority,” mentioned MacArthur.
The most controversial moment went like this:
Asked to respond to the phrase “Beth Moore,” the name of a properly-identified Southern Baptist Bible teacher, MacArthur replied, “Go residence.”
I hear that statement as “a woman’s location is in the home” and “women are not to teach” simply because a man’s location is in the pulpit and behind the teaching lectern. Females he says, “are not permitted to preach.”
It can be mentioned that his position is, in truth, the a single that may possibly properly be denying the authority of Scripture. Here’s a list of names to feel about:
Miriam, who interpreted the exodus itself in glowing poetic terms.
Deborah, who ran the complete of Israel in all its branches, and not a small of it was speaking and exhorting and teaching and prophesying.
Esther, who saved the nation as a leader who in some sense redeemed the nation from disaster.
Huldah, who was selected above other (male) prophets.
Mary, who handed to us a prophecy-shaped song about her Son and what he would achieve.
Priscilla, who taught Apollos.
The daughters of Philip, who prophesied the words of God.
Phoebe, who (most likely) study and interpreted Romans to the residence churches there.
Nympha, who may possibly properly have been a residence-church leader (at some level).
Junia, who was a excellent apostle (church-planting, evangelizing, church-instructing, discipling, and so on).
Euodia and Syntyche, “who struggled beside me in the operate of the gospel, with each other with Clement and the rest of my co-workers.”
We can quibble about who was performing precisely what, but what we cannot quibble on is that these females employed their voices to utter words from God for the persons of God in the places exactly where the persons of God heard the word of God. That is named preaching, that is named teaching, that is named God applying their voices to speak the words of God for the persons of God.
To deny a lady to preach is to deny what the Bible teaches. To inform a lady to go residence is to inform a lady not to do what the Bible teaches would could do.
We could simply list hundreds of females who are applying their voice to speak words of God, at residence and not at residence but typically in the church, God’s residence for all of us.