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Southern Baptist Convention denounces all forms of abuse and calls for purity among leaders

The Southern Baptist Convention voted at its annual meeting Tuesday to denounce all forms of abuse, called for sexual purity among its leaders, and affirmed women’s roles within the church, The Baptist Press reported.
The resolutions passed almost unanimously during a time when many of the 15-million-member conservative evangelical movement has faced divisions over the ousting of former leader Paige Patterson at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The 75-year-old former leader allegedly mishandled the reported rape of a female student and advised women to stay in abusive marriages.
Sixteen resolutions were passed by the 9,000-member voting delegates at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
What happened?
A decision on women highlighted “their distinctive God-assigned roles,” which also confirmed that women could not be ordained ministers by calling them “to encourage, cultivate, and celebrate the diverse gifts, callings, and contributions of women in biblically appropriate ways,” the Baptist Press reported.
The resolution called modern culture “increasingly confused

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