Al Mohler has spoken...
Dr. Mohler, I disagree with how you frame the issue of women ministers as being Biblically clear. I'm glad you seem to have all the answers and are not willing to a discussion of interpretation. It's good to have leaders who know exactly what God is thinking - it just makes our faith that much easier.
However, I have never received a straight explanation about how to deal with slavery in comparison to how women ministers are dealt. The Bible is clear in that it is acceptable, and your denomination used that argument for years to justify slavery in this God-kissed nation - yet it is now culturally unacceptable. How does the clear teaching of slavery jive with the clear teaching against women ministers?
Additionally, I am not clear on what the meaning of this statement:
And the fact is that men bear shame for leaving that vacuum into which many women have stepped. And there is blame among those who now will defend what I believe is biblically defenseless.
Why do they feel shame? Is it because women are willing, heck, maybe even called, to do what men have traditionally done? Do they feel shame for feeling inadequate in comparison to a little ole' woman? I wonder how many folks felt shame when little Miss Lottie Moon upped and left for China. Surely that was a man's job, now wasn't it?
Furthermore, the last quote of the article intrigues me:
The big issue for us all is to humbly come under the full accountability to the word of God. That's no easy task. But we better be very, very careful how we read and how we teach the word of God, so that we're not bringing our prejudices to the word, but are having our minds corrected by the word.
I'm glad to know that you strive to be a humble servant of God - it's such a relief to know that I can access your personal website from Southern Seminary's homepage and from there find all of your writings, commentaries, and even media photos. Our faith needs more humble folks like you along with their well-lit headshot. To God be all the Glory!
With reports of men standing up and walking out of meetings whenever women speak, or preaching professors teaching "women preaching are like dogs trying to stand up - they can do it, just not well" - I'm heartened to know that prejudice or shame isn't a factor at all.
Dr. Mohler, you ever wonder if your observation about very few moderate churches with women pastors could be because of proclamations such as these? It's amazing how many Methodist women ministers were former Baptists.
I see why the moniker Pope Mohler can be applied. It really is much easier now that you've declared your interpretation of the Bible as the only clear option - it's just so hard to figure out what the Holy Spirit says to us individually. I'm sure many Southern Baptists are thankful to have such a humble guard of their theology and interpretation of the Bible.
Heck, praise God for the Holman Christian Standard Bible - if you weren't able to control the interpretation of God's Holy Word, I don't know what would happen! Congregants may fall into heresy, or worse, a Martin Luther may rise up and birth a whole new movement of Separatists! Oh no!
//Sorry if I come across as sarcastic - My wife is currently in the interview process as youth minister at another church, so I really didn't need to read this today. I really don't buy into the whole humble bit, and I've really tried to look for examples of it, but between him and Paige Patterson (only the second link off Southwestern's page), I'm having a difficult time.