It's been a while since I have commented on the Southern Baptist Convention, but today's a good day to do so, it being Sunday and all.
In 2006, you may recall, the Southern Baptist Convention tried to bring back Alcohol Prohibition to the nation with a resolution calling for their membership to actively seek the enactment of legislation to ban alcohol manufacture, sales and consumption in America.
Today's story about the antics of the SBC cracked me up. I mean, LOL and LMAO and ROFL don't begin to describe how funny I found this article about trying to hide an "offensive" magazine because of its cover story.
Lifeway Christian Bookstores, owned by the Southern Baptist Convention, pulled this month's issue of Gospel Today magazine from their racks and hid it behind the counter because its cover featured the photos of five female Baptist pastors!
Chris Turner, a spokesman for Lifeway Resources, which runs the stores for the Southern Baptist Convention, said, "It is contrary to what we believe."
The Southern Baptist Convention officially doesn't support women being pastors. Each member church retains autonomy, though, and a few churches — apparently five, including Decatur (Ga.) First Baptist — have ordained women to be their ministers.
The press is playing up the "pornographic" angle of hiding a magazine under the counter because it had women on its cover. It's hysterical, the lengths the Bizarro Baptist Cult will go to maintain and enforce their insane view of God, the Bible, and the world.
Inside the denomination — and Christianity in general — is a divide that makes Masonic discord and disagreements pale in comparison.
And Southern Baptists aren't even the most extreme of these extremists in a Cult Gone Wild. The fundamentalist arm of Christianity is truly wacko.
The website Jesus Christology gives kudos to Lifeway Christian Bookstores for pulling the Gospel Today magazine (a staple of Christendom for 20 years), but in the same sentence attacks Lifeway for carrying the "heresies not only of Rick Warren, but also oneness pentecostal prosperity doctrine word of faith T.D. Jakes." In the same paragraph, this nutball religious website also trashes Gov. Sarah Palin for not decrying homosexuality.
There's the countless wacko Christians who hate Freemasonry, though they know nothing about it. Here's a recent hatchet job on Masonry from In Jesus, where once again Albert Pike is quoted out of context, and a fictitious "33rd degree high-ranking Mason" tells the world that "Masonry claims to provide salvation without Jesus." It's fresh — posted in the past couple of days — yet it contains nothing new under the Sun. Just more of the same ol' anti-Masonic blather in the name of Jay-zus.
And then there's Rev. Fred Phelps and the "God Hates Fags" Christians of Westboro Baptist Church whom I referred to as "sick bastards" back in a 2007 article. My opinion hasn't changed.
Sorry... didn't mean to get on a roll against the entire Christ Cult. It's just too funny, the Southern Baptist bookstores banning a Christian magazine for "promoting" female pastors. Which of the Ten Commandments was it that said, "Be intolerant of your brothers and sisters in Christ who interpret the Bible differently"?
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