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The Southern Baptist Convention elected J.D. Greear as president Tuesday, signaling Southern Baptists’ willingness to embrace massive cultural changes.

Greear, at 45-years-old, is the youngest man to be elected president of the SBC in 37 years. He has spoken openly about abuse scandals that have recently rocked the Southern Baptist Convention and hailed them a sign from God of needed cultural change.

God - SBC - Amount - Sin - Midst

“God is stirring in the SBC. He has exposed a startling amount of sin in our midst. He has shaken many of our foundations. And I actually think that’s good news, because whom the Lord loves, he chastens,” Greear wrote after his election. “He is inviting us, I believe, into an era of unprecedented effectiveness for the Great Commission, if we repent.”

Greear recently called on his fellow Southern Baptists to embrace not a doctrinal change, but a cultural change with regard to their implementation of complementarianism, representation of minorities in church leadership, protection for the abused, and other changes that in many cases repudiated elements of culture that the recently disgraced Paige Patterson promoted. (RELATED: The Fall Of The Southern Baptist Convention’s Paige Patterson Part 2: We Shall Make Them In Our Image)

Complimentarianism - Belief - God - Men - Women

Complimentarianism is the doctrinal belief that God created men and women with distinct roles. Men are to be servant leaders in the house and in the church, and women are to graciously submit to the leadership, or headship, of men, according to the doctrine. Greear affirmed the doctrine as biblical, but said that a correct interpretation of it acknowledges and values women’s spiritual gifts and encourages the training of women as leaders and teachers.

“Our doctrine and our mission are solid. They are. It’s biblical, it’s faithful, it’s focused. But I think we need a new culture and a new posture in the Southern Baptist Convention, and there...
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