I’m not here to try Paige Patterson.
Recently, one article – the only one where I’ve ever quoted him – has become tremendously popular.
The point was, as I was getting ready to depart the Southern Baptist convention, I saw Patterson was the only one speaking against theological modernists andcalvinists in the SBC. He made a quote – I quoted it.
This does not mean I wholesale approve of everything Mr. Patterson has ever said. I quoted a quote. I was enthusiastic that someone was speaking up in the SBC.
Now, if the charges against Patterson are true, then he needs to step down and leave the ministry. Immediately. And because I don’t keep up with what’s going on out there, this article is really late.
Bill Hybels recently resigned after allegations began to surface – that’s the right decision.
Or better yet, if you know you’ve got anything unseemly that disqualifies you from ministry – don’t go into it!
But after you begin to serve, and you find that you have ANY THING in you that will bring reproach upon ministry and Jesus Christ, then here it is – resign. Immediately.
Do the right thing. Tell your church you have found that there are disqualifiers in you, and that rather than risk serving and falling, it’s best if you resign.
A long list of essential requirements for a pastor can be found in 1&2 Timothy & Titus. There’s a list of disqualifiers also.
“This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.” (1 Timothy 3:1–7, KJV)
“For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” (Titus 1:5–9, KJV)
If you find disqualifiers in you, reading that list, pray about it. Use those lists to examine whether or not you’re ready for the ministry.
And if you find after you’ve been in it that you have a disqualifer, step down. Now. Immediately.
If the allegations against Paige Patterson are true, Patterson needs to step down now and forever.