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Patterson issues 'An Apology to God's People'

Patterson issues 'An Apology to God's People'

May 10, 2018

FORT WORTH, Texas – Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, who has been the subject of two online petitions after his comments about women were publicized, issued "An Apology to God's People" on Southwestern Seminary's website May 10.

Patterson said an illustration from Genesis 2:22 he used in a sermon has "obviously been hurtful to women in several possible ways.

"I wish to apologize to every woman who has been wounded by anything I have said that was inappropriate or lacked clarity," writes Patterson.

An online petition, a Letter to SWBTS Board of Trustees, posted recently has recorded nearly 3,000 signatures from many Southern Baptist women (and some men). Another petition posted May 9 has collected 200 signatures from SBC men.

Southwestern Baptist trustees has announced the board will hold a special called meeting at 1:30 p.m., May 22, on the seminary's campus in Fort Worth to discuss events of the past couple weeks.

Related stories:
SBC women (and men) ask for action regarding Patterson in online petition
Southwestern Seminary announces special May 22 trustee meeting
Below is the full text of Patterson's comments. The are posted on Southwestern Seminary's website here.
An Apology to God's People
By Paige Patterson on May 10, 2018

Pastoral ministry that occurred 54 years ago, repeated as an illustration in sermons on more than one occasion, as well as another sermon illustration used to try to explain a Hebrew word (Heb. banah “build or construct,” Gen. 2:22) have obviously been hurtful to women in several possible ways. I wish to apologize to every woman who has been wounded by anything I have said that was inappropriate or that lacked clarity. We live in a world of hurt and sorrow, and the last thing that I need to do is add to anyone’s heartache. Please forgive the failure to be as thoughtful and careful in my extemporaneous expression as I should have been.

I would also like to reiterate the simple truth that I utterly reject any form of abuse in demeaning or threatening talk, in physical blows, or in forced sexual acts. There is no excuse for anyone to use intemperate language or to attempt to injure another person. The Spirit of Christ is one of comfort, kindness, encouragement, truth, and grace; and that is what I desire my voice always to be.
To all people I offer my apology, but especially to women, to the family of Southern Baptists, my friends and the churches. I sincerely pray that somehow this apology will show my heart and may strengthen you in the love and graciousness of Christ.

Paige Patterson, President
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Fort Worth, Texas


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