I wonder how many SBC churches actually abide by the following excerpt from the BF&M? “VI. The Church” “A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.” “The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation.” I find it interesting that the BF&M states, “Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes.” To suggest that there was a democratic process is to suggest that godliness is through a democratic process. A democratic process is not biblical nor is it necessarily godly. A democratic process can be very ungodly if the voters are ungodly. How many SBC churches are actually applying, “While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.” I understand that to mean that women can be deaconesses, but not pastors. We do not call teachers, teachers and teacheresses. There seems to be a big issue over female deacons.