A delegate at The Baptist General Convention of Texas introduced a motion rejecting the Southern Baptist Convention’s pronouncement that women should submit to their husbands. Pastor Robert Newell of Houston proposed the measure which the 2,200 representatives attending the annual meeting in El Paso will vote on Tuesday morning.
If the motion passes with a simple majority it would reject the denomination’s declaration of beliefs that was approved during the Southern Baptist Convention in Salt Lake City last year. The pronouncement stated that wives should submit to their husbands and defined marriage strictly in terms of heterosexuality. “That amendment, though it spoke about family and had some decent things in it, also had in it some barbs that were intended to hammer women about subservience, in my judgment,” said Rev. Clyde Glazener, president of the Texas organization, who led opposition to the amendment.
The Baptist General Convention of Texas, the largest state organization affiliated with the national Southern Baptist Convention, has been distancing itself from the more conservative national group.