The changes approved on June 9 were a culmination of 20 years of conservative leanings within the Nashville-based church.
The text of the altered 18th Article of the Baptist Faith and Message reads: Overwhelmingly rejected were two other amendments that called upon husbands and wives to submit to each other and that would have included widows, widowers, and single persons as expressions of family. Evidently, Baptist men didnt like the idea of making any sort of gesture of submission to their wives.
Although the Southern Baptists claim to be inerrantists, they arent really they are selective inerrantists.
They pick some passages to treat as inerrant and literal, but not others.
During the 2000 meeting they passed new rules that women should not serve as pastors.
In the 1998 convention they revised the Baptist Faith and Message to state that wives must submit to their husbands.And what about widows and widowers is one kicked out of the family the moment ones spouse dies?Is marriage so privileged a state that all pre-marital and post-marital people can be excluded from the definition of family? The nature of what constitutes a family is not God-given but created by culture.Our definitions have been changing over time, perhaps for the better.Not surprisingly, various Biblical verses were specifically ignored in the creation of this new mission statement.