Bible teacher Beth Moore has said that while complementarian theology does not necessarily cause abuse in the Church, having too few women in power has directly contributed to the sexual abuse crisis in the Southern Baptist Convention.
On Thursday, the founder of Living Proof Ministries delivered a message titled “The Courage to Confront the Crisis of Abuse in the Church” at the Caring Well conference hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
She began by asking the question of whether “complementarian” theology – the idea that women have distinct roles in the family and church and are forbidden from holding certain offices in the church – is to blame for the abuse crisis within the SBC.
“The answer’s ‘no,’” she said. “Sin and gross selfishness in the human heart cause abuse. Demonic influences cause abuse.”
However,” she continued, “has a culture prevalent in various circles of the SBC formed and burgeoned out of it contributed to it? Absolutely, and heavily.”
Moore argued that the world is watching to see if Southern Baptists will deal with “what they believe is the biggest elephant in the room.”
Complementarian theology, Moore explained, became “such a high, core value, that it inadvertently … became elevated above the safety and well-being of many women.
“So high a core value has it become that in much of our world complementarian theology is now conflated with inerrancy,” she stressed. “Case in point: notice how often our world charges or dismisses egalitarians by saying they have a low view of Scripture because unless they think like us about complementarian theology they do not honor the word of God.”
“Watch for it,” she added. “Test it and see if it is so.”
Moore lamented that “so few women” are in any visible areas of leadership in both SBC congregations and SBC seminaries.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett