On January 5, the Deebs (TWW) and Amy Smith teamed up to blow High Point Community Church pastor Andy Savage out of the water, telling the story of Jules Woodson.
High Point is a Southern Baptist Convention affiliate with NeoCalvinist ties. Savage was rising star in the NeoCal circuit, with a book slated for release this Summer.
(1) Savage has attempted to minimize what he did;
(2) Savage has attempted to deflect blame for what he did;
(3) Savage has gone of radio to make his case;
(4) High Point provided Savage a standing ovation in their ensuing worship service;
(5) Austin Stone Community Church–where Savage’s assault of Woodson took place–placed pastor Larry Cotton on leave while they investigate his role in the Jules Woodson case;
(6) Savage has seen the loss of his book deal, as Bethany House cancelled it;
(7) Larry Cotton has also seen a book deal go up in flames;
(8) Commentators from Boz Tchividjian to Ed Stetzer have weighed in, condemning the response of High Point.
But you know what? The Gospel Coalition and The Southern Baptist Convention have been quite mum on this.
The same SBC that rightly kicked out member churches for endorsing gay “marriage”, has been silent regarding a megachurch that coddled a pastor who crossed a severe ethical line, and has not so much as provided guidance for how churches ought to respond.
And The Gospel Coalition? Also nothing but crickets.
But I’ll bet you that if High Point called a woman to be pastor, they’d be all over that in milliseconds.
While I’m opposed to women pastors, and while I definitely oppose any Church tolerance of gay “marriage” within their ranks, I also would suggest that we must call evil for what it is, even when it involves people whose theology is more in line with mine.
If anything, I’m more angered when conservatives actively or passively green-light sexual immoralities or abuses of any type.
Orthodoxy is all well and good, but if your church doesn’t take the protection of children and teens seriously, then your Orthodoxy doesn’t rise to the level of the Scribes and Pharisees.