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.
The following should appear at the end of every post:
According to the IRS, "Know the law: Avoid political campaign intervention":
Tax-exempt section 501(c)(3) organizations like churches, universities, and hospitals must follow the law regarding political campaigns. Unfortunately, some don't know the law.
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. The prohibition applies to campaigns at the federal, state and local level.
Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. Section 501(c)(3) private foundations are subject to additional restrictions.
Political Campaign Intervention
Political campaign intervention includes any activities that favor or oppose one or more candidates for public office. The prohibition extends beyond candidate endorsements.
Contributions to political campaign funds, public statements of support or opposition (verbal or written) made by or on behalf of an organization, and the distribution of materials prepared by others that support or oppose any candidate for public office all violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention.
Factors in determining whether a communication results in political campaign intervention include the following:
- Whether the statement identifies one or more candidates for a given public office
- Whether the statement expresses approval or disapproval of one or more candidates' positions and/or actions
- Whether the statement is delivered close in time to the election
- Whether the statement makes reference to voting or an election
- Whether the issue addressed distinguishes candidates for a given office
Many religious organizations believe, as we do, that the above constitutes a violation of the First Amendment of the US Constitution.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That said, we make the following absolutely clear here:
- The Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project not only do not endorse any candidate for any secular office, we say that Christianity forbids voting in such elections.
- Furthermore, when we discuss any public-office holder's position, policy, action or inaction, we definitely are not encouraging anyone to vote for that office holder's position.
- We are not trying to influence secular elections but rather want people to come out from that entire fallen system.
- When we analyze or discuss what is termed "public policy," we do it entirely from a theological standpoint with an eye to educating professing Christians and those to whom we are openly always proselytizing to convert to authentic Christianity.
- It is impossible for us to fully evangelize and proselytize without directly discussing the pros and cons of public policy and the positions of secular-office holders, hence the unconstitutionality of the IRS code on the matter.
- We are not rich and wouldn't be looking for a fight regardless. What we cannot do is compromise our faith (which seeks to harm nobody, quite the contrary).
- We render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. We render unto God what is God's.
- When Caesar says to us that unless we shut up about the unrighteousness of Caesar's policies and practices, we will lose the ability of people who donate to us to declare their donations as deductions on their federal and state income-tax returns, we say to Caesar that we cannot shut up while exercising our religion in a very reasonable way.
- We consider the IRS code on this matter as deliberate economic duress (a form of coercion) and a direct attempt by the federal government to censor dissenting, free political and religious speech.
- It's not freedom of religion if they tax it.
And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)