Story of Woman's Black Eyes Roils Southern Baptists - Page 3

They're calling for the ouster of seminary president Paige Patterson
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2018 12:02 PM CDT

  • An excerpt from the letter: "The world is watching us all, brothers. They wonder how we could possibly be part of a denomination that counts Dr. Patterson as a leader. They wonder if all Southern Baptist men believe that the biblical view of a sixteen-year-old girl is that she is 'built' and 'fine'—an object to be viewed sexually. They wonder if all Southern Baptist pastors believe it is acceptable to counsel an abused woman in the way that Dr. Patterson has done in the past. They wonder if the Jesus of the Bible is like such men. We declare that Jesus is nothing like this and that our first duty as Southern Baptists is to present a true picture of Jesus to the world."
  • In an April 29 email to the Post, Patterson stated that "75 years of experience teaches me (though a slow learner) that no one's life is made materially better by entering these discussions. I have said enough."
  • That same day he posted a 600-word statement that spoke of a "deliberate misrepresentation" and "hatred." As for the black-eye story, he wrote, "I was happy—not that she had suffered from his anger, but that God had used her to move her husband to conviction of his sin. I knew that she was going to be happy for him also. That morning, he did make his decision for Christ public before the church, and she was ecstatic."
  • "I can't apologize for what I didn't do wrong," he told the Post on Friday. NPR on Monday reported he had thus far not apologized for the remarks.
  • The Star-Telegram reports Southern Baptist Convention leader Steven Gaines has offered only this Saturday tweet on the subject: "Southern Baptists are biting and fussy when we should be praying and weeping. Start talking directly to people, not about them."
  • The Baptist Press reports that on Sunday the seminary announced its board of trustees will meet May 22 "in light of recent events" at "Patterson's request."
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