Former President Jimmy Carter recently revisited his decision to leave the Southern Baptist denomination. In an article for the British Observer, he stated the following:
“My decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when th e convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service. This was in conflict with my belief – confirmed in the holy scriptures – that we are all equal in the eyes of God.”
Carter develops this theme in the rest of the article and makes some pretty outlandish (and sometimes uninformed) statements. I am not going to make a point-by-point rebuttal here. I can hardly improve on what Albert Mohler has written, so I recommend that you read it. Mohler concludes that the basic problem here is that Carter does not accept the inerrancy and authority of the Bible on the topic of manhood and womanhood. He writes:
“Does President Carter really believe that he will convince Christians — Southern Baptist or otherwise — to see any human statement as holding a higher authority than the Bible? That question, more than anything else, points to the real reason that President Carter and the Southern Baptist Convention have parted ways. The point of division remains the ultimate authority and total truthfulness of the Bible as the Word of God.”
Read the rest here.