Los Angeles Times

Put women in the pulpit


Re “Pastor criticizes ‘disfellows­hip’ of Saddleback parish,” Feb. 26

As a former 10-year staff member at Saddleback Church in Orange County and a woman, I concur with Pastor Dwight McKissic’s criticism of the “disfellows­hip” by the Southern Baptist Convention of Saddleback over the ordination and employment of female pastors.

I have seen firsthand the male supremacy infused in the culture. In my decade in outreach at Saddleback, it was wellknown that women did the heavy lifting in ministry, from pastoral care to volunteeri­ng to counseling to children’s programs.

You will never find more godly pastors than the women who were ordained at Saddleback. My life is better for having known these warriors in Christ.

I can understand why the Baptist community would like for Saddleback to appeal. My question is, why does Saddleback need the Southern Baptist Convention?

Dawn Maestas San Clemente

Quoting Scripture is always a problemati­c basis for knowing God’s intent, such as the prohibitio­n against women pastors.

In his book “Misquoting Jesus,” New Testament scholar Bart D. Ehrman notes with respect to the manuscript­s on which the Bible is based: “There are more difference­s among our manuscript­s than there are words in the New Testament.”

Such ambiguity facilitate­s a plethora of mutually exclusive interpreta­tions of God’s intent. Hence the hundreds of separate Christian churches each espousing the one true faith.

Specifical­ly with respect to a woman’s place in the church, Ehrman cites a verse attributed to Apostle Paul referring to a woman, Junia, as “foremost among the apostles.” Surely if Paul describes a woman as an apostle, a woman can be a pastor.

Darrel Miller Santa Monica

I read with dismay how the Southern Baptists dumped Pastor Rick Warren’s megachurch from their ranks after it hired female pastors.

In 1978, while I was living in Salt Lake City, it was announced that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints had a revelation that Black men could serve in the priesthood, reversing their exclusion of about 130 years.

It was that simple. The Southern Baptist Convention needs a similar epiphany by its leadership regarding female pastors.

David Moss Los Angeles

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