The Southern Baptist Convention voted at its annual meeting Tuesday to denounce all forms of abuse, called for sexual purity among its leaders, and affirmed women’s roles within the church, The Baptist Press reported.
The resolutions passed almost unanimously during a time when many of the 15-million-member conservative evangelical movement has faced divisions over the ousting of former leader Paige Patterson at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
A decision on women highlighted “their distinctive God-assigned roles,” which also confirmed that women could not be ordained ministers by calling them “to encourage, cultivate, and celebrate the diverse gifts, callings, and contributions of women in biblically appropriate ways,” the Baptist Press reported.
Recent headlines of alleged sexual abuse and admissions of sexual encounters by prominent leaders brought forth another resolution that called for Christian leaders to abstain from extramarital affairs and urged on them “to exercise appropriate redemptive church discipline.”
Greear won his place over Ken Hemphill, 70, a former Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president, in a vote of 5,410 to 2,459.