I'm not much on blogging, but when I hear what I've been hearing about Southern Baptists, I need to step up and clear things up. First of all, yes, I am a Southern Baptist. The problems I have are the following:
First of all, Rush Limbaugh. Don't mis-understand me here, I am a huge fan of Rush, I subscribe to his website and listen to his podcast everyday. He validates what we as Conservatives believe and I am in agreement with him 99.9% of the time. My problem is with some of the things he has said about people like Mike Huckabee, a Southern Baptist.
Rush has cast doubt on the validity of Gov. Huckabees statements regarding Mitt Romney. The two things that come to mind are the statements that Gov. Huckabee made saying "Don't Mormons believe that Lucifer and Christ were brothers?" and the other statement where Gov. Huckabee said Mormonism is a cult. Both of these statements quoting Gov. Huckabee are in fact true.
If researched, you'll find that Mormons do in fact believe that Christ and Lucifer are what they call "spirit brothers". They believe that God was a man at one time like any one of us, which could not be, and in fact is not true. now to the second point, about Mormonism being a cult, well, there are seven marks of a cult, and Mormonism meets all of the criteria. 1.)CULTS REJECT ALL PARADOXES OF SCRIPTURE. 2.)CULTS REJECT ANYTHING THEY CANNOT EXPLAIN. 3.)CULTS USE THE BIBLE – PLUS! 4.)CULTS RECOGNIZE A MAN OR GROUP AS HAVING ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY. 5.)CULTS DENY SALVATION BY FAITH ALONE. 6.)CULT LEADERS DO NOT WANT THEIR FOLLOWERS TO THINK FOR THEMSELVES. 7.)CULTISTS MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO LEAVE THE ORGANIZATION. The LDS church meets all of these categories, therefore making it a cult. Please don't mis-understand, I am not bashing religion here, I'm not bashing Rush, honestly, folks, we would be incredibly lost without people like him, I'm just saying that when he talks about Southern Baptists, he doesn't know the truth or facts about us.
I'm glad Mitt Romney is a Conservative. We need more Conservative leadership. However, electing him to the office of President would validate Mormonism and while that may not be dangerous to American politics, it would be dangerous to Christianity. There simply comes a time when people who believe in God must trust God to work with people who really believe in Him, even if they're not as Conservative.
Now to Sally Quinn. I heard the comment that she made saying that "Southern Baptists do not allow women to be pastors". That is absolutely correct. In the Southern Baptist Convention, women can't be pastors, or deaconesses due to the fact that the Bible points out that pastors and deacons are to be "spiritual men" and it also says that they are to be "the husband of one wife". My issue here is, by following scripture the way it needs to be followed, then, no, women can't be "spiritual men" and they for sure can't be "the husband of one wife". I believe that womens role in church is very very important, don't get me wrong.
I am not in any way shape or form putting women down, I am simply following the words of God. I respect women in my church very much, and their role is just as important, and in some cases even more important than the role of men. Women should not think that being "subservient" to your husbands means that you need to bow and serve, it is simply a way of saying that you should seek out the wisdom and council of your husbands, men should likewise do the same with their wives.
I think it's very important that people put these things in the proper context. No where in the Bible does it point out that women should not have a job, or cannot have a career, it simply states that husbands shall rule over their wives, but you cannot look at that at face value, you have to look at that in light of scripture, and the time period in which scripture was written, we must break down not only the language barrier, but the cultural barrier as well, yes, husbands rule over their wives in the way of being the head of the household, the main bread winner, the one that will wade through hell to protect his family, it does not mean that our wives are slaves or our servants. There is no way to get that out of scripture when scripture is read in proper context.
In closing I would like to point out that facts about Mormonism can be found all over the web, but the best place to go would be Utah Lighthouse Ministry. This site is run by Sandra Tanner, the great great granddaughter of Brigham Young, and former Mormon. I strongly encourage everyone to visit her website if you want to know more about Mormonism.