SAY YES: Women in Ministry, but…

Posted on April 13, 2010

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The issue of women’s ordination will not be added to the agenda for the 59th General Conference Session of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the church’s President Jan Paulsen said April 6. Speaking to leadership at Spring Meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland, Paulsen said that a canvass of the church’s 13 world church divisions revealed only three willing to accept a change in the current policy of not ordaining women to pastoral ministry, and eight divisions reporting the move would negatively impact membership. [Full Article]

 

The issue should NOT be about women being ordained for ministry. All have been called and should be ordained for active ministry at baptism. The issue should NOT be about which gender is higher than the other. ALL human beings are created equal.

The issue should be centered around the administrative position of CHURCH PASTOR.

At the fall, Adam and Eve were assigned gender roles. “Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” — 1 Timothy 2:14. In the system God setup (and still wants), men are called to provide for their families and women are called to minister in the home (healthy meals, Christian education for the children, etc.). This does not mean women cannot be Bible workers, teachers, chaplains, and prophetesses. What it means is that the first work for women is the home ministry and when she is able, she can then branch out and minister in other areas. Men are to lovingly lead their households. This type of personal ministry prepares men for pastoral ministry.

To qualify as a church pastor (leader), he must first have success in leadership in his personal life. “Then it behooves the overseer to be without reproach, husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, well-ordered, hospitable, apt at teaching, not a drunkard, not contentious, not greedy of ill gain, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous, ruling his own house well, having children in subjection with all honor. For if a man does not know to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?” — 1 Timothy 3:2-5.

The above paragraphs are a balanced understanding of the issue which is supported by the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy. Let us pray the Holy Spirit will touch His people and help our leaders take a solid stand on truth in these last days.