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Is Supporting Female Church Leaders a Gospel Issue? Evangelical Leaders Clash

Adam Greenway, president of The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, appeared to jump in the fray on Monday, when he tweeted, “FWIW, affirming biblical inerrancy ≠ agreeing on every debatable issue of biblical interpretation. As a convictional Baptist, I believe any inerrantists who reject credobaptism as the only correct biblical understanding are dead wrong, but I don’t claim they aren’t inerrantists.”

Tom Buck retweeted Greenway, asking, “Is it just a coincidence that Dr. Greenway tweets this soon after Dr. Burk warns that ‘an embrace of egalitarianism often goes hand in hand with a denial of inerrancy,’ and points out egalitarian women who deny inerrancy?…There’s a clear drift in the SBC regarding the roles of men and women in the church, and I’m thankful for Denny standing strong!”

This debate on the importance of the doctrine of male headship is not new. After she left the SBC last year, Bible teacher Beth Moore apologized for her part in elevating complementarian teaching too highly. “Let me be blunt,” she said. “When you functionally treat complementarianism—a doctrine of MAN—as if it belongs among the matters of 1st importance, yea, as a litmus test for where one stands on inerrancy & authority of Scripture, you are the ones who have misused Scripture. You went too far.”