“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein
We know Tom Ascol and he will be the subject of another post shortly. I wrote about Voddie Baucham early on at TWW. I found him controversial then and was surprised to see his name nominated for the SBC Pastors’ Conference. I realized that many would not know who he is, especially since some of his utterances have been highly controversial. Hence this post.
Who is Voddie Baucham, and why is he controversial?
Fascinating. I know that people often look at Wikipedia as a dubious source. However, I have found much value there so long one checks the information. So let’s start there.
Born in Los Angeles, Baucham studied at New Mexico State University and Rice University, playing football as a tight end. He then transferred to Houston Baptist University, where he graduated with a B.A. He went on to obtain an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Baucham also did additional post-graduate study at the University of Oxford. He founded Voddie Baucham Ministries in 1993.
Baucham served as pastor of Grace Family Baptist Church in Spring, Texas (a congregation within the Southern Baptist Convention) until he moved to Zambia in 2015. He is a board member of Founders Ministries.
In March 2022, Baucham confirmed that he had been asked to accept a nomination for president of the Southern Baptist Convention, but noted that as an overseas missionary, he was not sure if he was eligible.
Baucham is Reformed in his theology, and subscribes to the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. He calls himself a “fire-breathing, TULIP believing, five-point Calvinist.” Baucham appeared in the 2019 Netflix documentary American Gospel: Christ Crucified speaking in favor of penal substitutionary atonement. His statement “God killed Jesus” was criticized for “muddying the waters” on this doctrine.
Baucham is an adherent of biblical patriarchy. He outlined his views on the subject in his 2009 book What He Must Be: …If He Wants to Marry My Daughter, though preferring the phrase “gospel patriarchy”. Baucham criticized Sarah Palin‘s vice presidential candidacy in 2008, on the basis that women serve best at home.
Baucham is also a supporter of the Stay-at-home daughter movement. He appeared in Vision Forum‘s 2007 documentary Return of the Daughters, in which he said that America is suffering an “epidemic of unprotected women.”
Some points of interest from Wikipedia:
- He calls himself a fire-breathing, Tulip believing Calvinist(a)
- He said God killed Jesus in his defense of penal substitutionary atonement
- He’s a board member of the Founder’s Ministries.
- He supports biblical patriarchy.
- He didn’t believe Sarah Palin should have run for VP, not due to politics but because he believes women serve best at home.
- He supports the “stay at home daughters” movement, which means that women must live at home with their daddies until married.
- He says America is suffering from an epidemic of unprotected women.
Some think he is a plagiarist and a threat to children, women, and daughters, and Owen Strachan is positively swooning over him.
Owen Strachan tweeted: “200 years from now, no one who studies church history will know the names of the woke critics of Voddie Baucham. But they’ll know Voddie’s name. They’ll know it because of the God he faithfully proclaimed in faithless times. Be assured of that.”
Voddie, reviewing one of Strachan’s books (I’m sure they’re flying off the shelves), proving that he can play the game as good as any of them, said:
Few men possess the mix of intellect, winsomeness, academic rigor, pastoral sensitivity, and raw courage that drips from every page of this book.”
Is that enough to have you reaching for your Pepcid? The word “winsome” for those of you new to this blog is one of the banned words on TWW. 🙂
Why does Voddie sound like a child abuser when he says that babies are “vipers in diapers and need to be spanked?”
Baptist Press quoted Baucham:
“People who don’t believe in original sin don’t have children. … That’s a viper in a diaper. The angry cry happens early. The demanding cry happens early. The stiffening up of the body, that happens early. … One of the reasons God makes them so small is so that they won’t kill you. And one of the reasons he makes them so cute is so that you won’t kill them.”
That sounds kind of funny until it sounds as if it borders on child abuse
Baucham’s proposed solution for this hypothetical murderous infant drive is that “they desperately need to be spanked. And they need to be spanked often. … There were days when Junior needed to be spanked five times before breakfast. … You need to have an all-day session where you just wear them out.”
Baucham has gone so far as to give an example of a shy little pastor’s daughter who was afraid to shake a male deacon’s hand at church. Baucham described: “Pastor goes back in the office, goes through that whole process — spank the child, comes back out, child won’t do it again. Goes back again, asks the deacon, ‘Will you please wait here?’ Thirteen times. Thirteen times. That deacon was like, ‘Little girl, please … .’”
A statement on patriarchy:
From Baptist News:
There’s also the war against the patriarchy, the war against male headship, which again is an assault on the God of the Bible. The woman is made after the man — male headship. The woman is made for the man — male headship. The woman is brought to the man — male headship. The woman is named by the man twice … male headship.”
A statement on spousal abuse and divorce: Don’t even consider it.
There’s a person who’s in an abusive marriage. That is not biblical grounds for divorce and remarriage.”
Voddie and his “stay-at-home daughter” thing: God gives men daughters, so the men don’t need to seek younger wives…
This is an entire section in the Baptist Press opinion piece, and it is well worth the time. However, the following statement is worrisome to those who have seen sexual abuse within families.
A lot of men are leaving their wives for younger women because they yearn for attention from younger women. And God gave them a daughter who can give them that. And instead, they go find a substitute daughter. … We’ve all seen it. These old guys going and finding these substitute daughters.”
He does not believe that his daughter should leave home to go to college.
Since the beginning, women have been making decisions that affect the entire world. … It all starts with what women do in the home.” It claims that “girls are confused about where they fit into the world, even into their own families.” Rather than getting a college education and pursuing a career, the documentary follows women who “are rejecting the unloving demands of modern culture … (and) who are attempting to return to a family centered approach to womanhood … living productive lives in their father’s home until marriage.”
I had a short Twitter interaction with Jasmine, Voddie’s daughter. She told me she no longer advocates the” stay-at-home daughters” movement. (If I find the tweet, I’ll include it.) I apologized for my assumption. In this article, she states:
She explains: “My dad is not an abusive, overbearing ogre who dictated every decision of my life” and that it was actually her dad who “forced me to get my license” and “pushed me to get an online degree.” And now that she’s married, she says, ”I’ve never made decisions for myself.”
I know she was trying to defend her dad, but I might suggest that she not present herself as someone who “never made decisions for herself.” This statement alone causes me to pause.
The Baptist Press reported:
Aside from the racial issue, Baucham has been accused by conservative author Joel McDurmon of plagiarizing and falsely attributing quotations to Critical Race Theory scholar Richard Delgado. Baucham and his publisher have denied these accusations.
According to McDurmon, one particularly problematic passage involves Baucham accusing Delgado of asserting that “whites are incapable of righteous action on race.” This false quotation is nowhere in Delgado’s work. But this attribution was mistakenly made not only in the book, but also attributed to Delgado by Baucham in a sermon. McDurmon has called this “a lie and distortion of CRT.”
For those who would like to pursue this subject further, this is a helpful post. Richard Delgado And Neil Shenvi Respond To Voddie Baucham Plagiarism Charges
As I said in my last article, I am thankful that some on Voddie’s “side” of the debate see the problems in his work. I pray that these errors are corrected soon and that Voddie works to remedy his damage to the truth. Falsehoods tend to exponentially multiply and morph into even worse falsehoods, and this damage will only continue until Voddie puts time and effort into correcting his errors. The repentance should be louder than the sin, and in this case, the sin is a key passage in a bestselling book. May we continue in grace and truth.
Finally, I have a great deal of respect for Dwight Mckissic.In the Baptist Press article, he is quoted as saying:
Prior to his pastoral tenure at Grace Family Church, Baucham previously served on staff at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, where vocal Black SBC pastor Dwight McKissicis pastor. McKissic appears not to be a Baucham fan. On March 3, he retweeted a link to the problematic Baucham sermon that said: “It’s ridiculous. Voddie plagiarized, misquoted and had a sorry excuse for his ‘mistakes.’”
Baucham’s relationship with Stephen Bratton, a convicted child sex abuser
Baucham is former teaching pastor at Grace Family Baptist Churchin Houston, where one of his closest coworkers who succeeded him as pastor, Stephen Bratton, later was convicted on multiple counts of child sexual abuse and is now serving a 17-year prison sentence for repeatedly raping a female family member who was a minor
The abuse occurred from 2013 to 2018, which overlaps a two-year period from 2013 to 2015 in which Baucham and Bratton worked together at the Houston church. Other sources have detailed the reportedly close relationship between the two pastors. Documented aspects of their ministry relationship include the following: both of them co-signing the anti-social justice Dallas Statement, Bratton posting from Baucham’s Facebook page, and Bratton being recognized in the acknowledgments section of Baucham’s book, Expository Apologetics.
While other co-pastors at the church not only cooperated with the police investigation but actually reported Bratton to police when he confessed to them, there appears to be no public statement by Baucham on the matter.
Voddie is not a member of an SBC church!
William Thornton at SBC Voices posted Tom Ascol, Voddie Baucham and what a time to be in our Grand Convention! It’s a good article. Here’s what he says about Voddie’s church membership.
But Voddie Baucham is a believer in meaningful church membership which found him in no man’s land when his name was floated by the back room boys as a possible SBC presidential candidate. Baucham lives in Zambia and isn’t a member of any Southern Baptist church; hence, not qualified to be SBC prez. If formerly being a member of an SBC church was sufficient, we could have Russell Moore, Beth Moore, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter as candidates.
By this time, I’m sure I’ve left you with enough fodder to consider an investment in the makers of Pepcid. But, just in case, we leave the SBC to report on one more fallen pastor at Hillsong.
The Christian Post reported: Former Hillsong Dallas Pastor Reed Bogard resigned after he was accused of rape, investigation reveals
Reed Bogard suddenly resigned in January 2021, just two weeks before a new report came out. Now we know the reason why.
an internal investigation commissioned by Hillsong Global showed that the married father of three was accused of rape by a junior female staffer with whom he had a monthlong affair while serving at Hillsong NYC years earlier.
The former junior Hillsong NYC staffer who asked not to be publicly named in this report when contacted by The Christian Post, said she has been trying to move on with her life. She confirmed she participated in a deposition concerning the allegation but would not say anything more than what was already included in the report.
And the increasingly evident, clueless, and uncaring leaders of Hillsong central did nothing about it.
Hillsong leaders were made aware years earlier of a sexual relationship between the two parties, but an investigation was not conducted by the church at the time. Church leaders were led to believe the relationship was consensual and “consequences to both [parties] were meted out accordingly,” investigators revealed.
…It shows that Hillsong Church Australia first learned of the sexual affair between Bogard and the junior staff member in the second half of 2014. The relationship began in September 2013 and continued through the beginning of January 2014.
“At the time, the Church did not conduct any meaningful inquiry into the details or circumstances of the affair, and no one with appropriate training was assigned to look into matters,” investigators noted.
Why didn’t they do anything back in 2014? Well, guess who was the ridiculous head of Hillsong central at that time. Brian Houston!. I am beginning to think there was much, much more going on, and am wondering if the leaders were complicit in these matters. Who knows? I don’t, but I am sure suspecting stuff at this juncture. I’m happy to see that Hillsong Dallas bit the dust. I think the whole enterprise needs to die.