The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is the largest Baptist denomination in the world. It is the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. No one knows exactly how many members the SBC has. Many people believe the 16 million often attributed to them is grossly over-inflated. (SOUTHERN BAPTISTS FEWER THAN MAINSTREAM HAS BEEN CLAIMING)
Their non-binding Faith and Message statement says, "the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture." It is important to note that they claim to adhere to scripture but don't do that consistently. It is also important to note that they accept as Holy Writ the exact 66 books chosen by those chosen, in turn, by Caesar, Constantine I, who subverted Christianity to the cause of increasing and maintaining his worldly empire. Constantine was the dark prince of this world for a little season. His legacy has continued to the present.
The Southern Baptists base their beliefs upon the inconsistent Pauline Epistles (letters of Paul) and not on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Writings attributed to Paul tell men to do as a woman tells them but on the other hand that women are not to speak in the churches. This sets up an impossible situation. It is error and confusion. There are many other such inconsistencies from which the sayings of Jesus do not suffer.
Role of Women in the RLC Church:
(See: Christian Egalitarianism and Prophetess.) The strength of the movement of the Holy Spirit within the individual is the determinant factor. The Bible has numerous examples of prophetesses (women who led spiritually). Some Prophetesses cited in Wikipedia are as follows:
Sarah, Miriam, Devorah, Hannah (mother of the prophet Samuel), Abigail (a wife of King David), Huldah (from the time of Jeremiah), and Esther. There were, of course, other women who functioned as prophets, and the last prophet mentioned in the Bible, Noahdiah.
In addition, confirms the RLC Church, there are numerous references in the New Testament of women having leading roles.
The Southern Baptists are also against alcoholic beverages; however, Paul wrote to take a little wine for the stomach's sake. That just shows the hypocrisy concerning scripture and women above. Jesus drank wine with his disciples. How then can the SBs be against it?
Are Southern Baptists pacifists? No they are not; however, Jesus was and is. The SBs are militarists. They use violence and the threat of violence to coerce others. Jesus though even when he cleans the temple of commerce, didn't harm anyone physically or in any other way. He warned them that a large cleaning was coming if they didn't repent. He was a real prophet. He told the people to turn the other cheek. That means always! He didn't say to turn it sometimes and not others.
Are Southern Baptists for the giving and sharing economy? No they are not; however, Jesus was and is. The SBs are capitalists (competitive rather than cooperative and serving always). Jesus's disciples and he, however, shared from one purse always.
Are Southern Baptists for the spirit line over the mundane bloodline (spirit over flesh)? No they are not; however, Jesus was and is. The SBs teach DNA-family first. Jesus though taught that the family in spirit is the primary family from which love (qualified by the connotations of love) of DNA family flows.
The Southern Baptists believe in Scientific Creationism as taught by self-styled Fundamentalists.
The Real Liberal Christian Church subscribes (with qualifications and not dogmatically in the Roman Catholic sense) to several views including old-Earth creationism, day-age creationism in which the days of creation in Genesis are ages, and intelligent design that includes theistic evolution.
The RLC Church holds that God is the author of evolution but that God is not confined to the evolutionary process.