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Southern Baptist leader’s advice to abused women sends leaders scrambling to respond
Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson (pictured here at a 2015 chapel service) says he has “never counseled or condoned abuse.” SWBTS photo

Southern Baptist leader’s advice to abused women sends leaders scrambling to respond

May 2, 2018

Controversial comments about women, abuse and divorce made by a highly respected leader in the Southern Baptist Convention have put many of its leaders in a deeply uncomfortable position as some scramble to respond under pressure from Southern Baptists and other evangelicals.

An audio recording recently surfaced on which Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson says that abused women should focus on praying and “be submissive in every way that you can” and not seek divorce. Those comments, which were made 18 years ago, have set off a wave of criticism within Southern Baptist circles over the message it could send to women.

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