Consistency


Consistency

Elsewhere I talk about an Independent Baptist Church I bookmarked, because they have a lot of sermon resources.

There’s a couple of problems with them. One is consistency.

Riplinger-ite churches hail Gail Riplinger as their Apostle, their Prophet. Very often they quote extensively from what little they’ve read of her books (Phil Stringer points out her books are over a thousand pages each, and of the Riplinger-ites he’s talked to, has yet to find one who’s read every word of her books. He also raises the issue that if most of the Riplinger-ites really read and thought about what she says, there would be very few Riplinger-ite churches, or Riplinger-ite Baptists).

On this church website is comments about women pastors. The church has an established view that women are not to be pastors.

On the sermons page, it says “sermons by John R. Rice” and links to them. “Sermons to Frank Norris” with links.

And “Lessons by Gail Riplinger.” on a page full of sermons by men, with “sermons by….” and in the midst of these is “lessons by…” two women. In the midst of.

Calling it a “sermon” if it’s a man, and a “Lesson” if it’s a woman – is inconsistent.

Be consistent. If you believe correctly women are not to pastor or teach… why do you allow a woman to do so? Why put up links to (what amounts to…) sermons by a woman? If a 45 minute teaching by Frank J. Norris is a sermon, and a 45 minute teaching by Billy Sunday is a sermon… then a 45 minute teaching by Gail Riplinger is a sermon.

Be consistent. If you believe its right for women to teach, then do that. I’ll disagree with you, but there you go. That’s on you.

If, on the other hand, you believe it’s unbiblical and possibly a sin… then DO NOT host sermons, link to them, quote them, or allow them to give a “Lesson” when in the same context by a man it’s a “sermon.”

Be consistent.

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Author: philipdean2013

Seminary graduate with a Ba. in Theology/Pastoral Studies, Happily married, Independent Baptist. I can't keep silent about what I see going on in Christianity any longer! Apostasy reigns around us, churches are sliding into worldiness, a whitewashed Gospel is preached everywhere... "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV) So, I'm speaking out. ...Why aren't you???