The problems surfacing in the Southern Baptist Convention over the mistreatment of women directly stem from an unbliblical and harmful view of “spiritual authority.” In the Southern Baptist Convention, pastors see themselves like the priests of the Old Testament: 1. Uniquely holy, 2. Distinctly authoritative, and 3. Unequivocally in charge.
Need I add that these are the elements of a cult? I’ll add that the problem Burleson identifies is not uniquely Southern Baptist; it inheres in a commonplace reading of the Bible.