Southern Baptists Uphold Ban On Women Pastors

The Associated Press reports:

The Southern Baptist Convention has refused to welcome Saddleback Church back into its fold, rejecting an appeal by the California megachurch over its February ouster for having women pastors. Southern Baptist church representatives at their annual meeting here also rejected a similar appeal by a smaller church, Fern Creek Baptist of Louisville, Kentucky, which is led by a woman pastor.

The results of the Tuesday votes were announced Wednesday morning on the concluding day of the annual meeting here of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, whose statement of faith asserts that only qualified men can serve as pastors. The convention hall packed with about 12,000 Southern Baptists was quiet after the announcement after urging by SBC President Bart Barber [photo] for them to show restraint.

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