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LIFEWAY SELLS WHAT IT DOES NOT BELIEVE?

 

By Paul Proctor

September 21, 2008
NewsWithViews.com

In yet another vivid demonstration of why the church is in decline, LifeWay Christian Stores, owned by the Southern Baptist Convention, yanked the latest edition of a popular Christian magazine called, Gospel Today, off their shelves, but reportedly continued to offer it for sale from under the counter upon request, because of its controversial cover story highlighting female pastors.

In an article titled Christian magazine sold under the counter like porn, WorldNetDaily.com reported the following:

Lifeway Christian Bookstores has pulled the magazine from its shelves because the chain's owner, the Southern Baptist Convention, reserves the role of pastor for men.

Chris Turner, a spokesman for Lifeway Resources, which runs the stores for the Southern Baptist Convention, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the September/October issue of Gospel Today was pulled because "it is contrary to what we believe."

While individual churches within the denomination are independent and may hire female pastors if they choose, Southern Baptist national polity discourages women from serving as senior pastors, based on the application of various New Testament Scriptures.

OK then, as a Southern Baptist, my question for LifeWay is:

If �it is contrary to what we believe,� why do you offer it for sale at all?

What does this say to those both inside and outside the Southern Baptist Convention that its stores would sheepishly sell something that clearly contradicts its own statement of faith and message, not to mention New Testament teaching?

Furthermore, what kind of example does LifeWay set for young and impressionable Christians by implying it�s OK to compromise your convictions and do what you believe is wrong, and even profit from it, as long as you hide it from public view?

And what about all the other stuff for sale at LifeWay that �is contrary to what we believe� � or does the SBC think it�s scriptural for author William P. Young to, among other things, portray God the Father as an African American woman named �Papa� in his book, The Shack, because it�s just an allegory and LifeWay included with it a �Read With Discernment� warning?

Why isn�t this book under the counter?

For that matter, why not offer Budweiser for sale under the counter and include a �Drink With Discernment� warning?

Same logic.

�Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.� � James 4:17

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2. Gospel Today magazine pulled from Christian bookstores' shelves
3. Magazine Featuring Female Pastors Pulled From Shelves
4. The Shack
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6. The Baptist Faith & Message

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Paul Proctor, a rural resident of the Volunteer state and seasoned veteran of the country music industry, retired from showbiz in the late 1990's to dedicate himself to addressing important social issues from a distinctly biblical perspective. As a freelance writer and regular columnist for NewsWithViews.com, he extols the wisdom and truths of scripture through commentary and insight on cultural trends and current events. His articles appear regularly on a variety of news and opinion sites across the internet and in print.

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In yet another vivid demonstration of why the church is in decline, LifeWay Christian Stores, owned by the Southern Baptist Convention, yanked the latest edition of a popular Christian magazine called, Gospel Today, off their shelves...