Creeping Compromise Is No Longer Creeping

Posted on January 20, 2011

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The North American Division (NAD) is quickly pushing their “women in ministry” agenda upon an unexpected church family.  Our denominational magazine, Adventist World, reports that, “Seventh-day Adventist conferences and missions in the North American Division can be led by an ordained or a commissioned minister.”  This decision was recently voted in and will now allow men and women the ability to be the pastor’s pastor at the conference level. 

Adventist World goes on to say that, “The vote changes the NAD working policy, stating: ‘inasmuch as the conference/mission president stands at the head of the ministry in the conference/mission and is the chief elder, or overseer of all the churches, a conference/mission president should be an ordained/commissioned minister.’”    

I do not know about you, but I believe the Word of God is crystal clear when it comes to the role of men and women in the church.  1 Timothy 3:2-7,12 says, “Then it behooves the overseer to be without reproach, husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, well-ordered, hospitable, apt at teaching, (3)  not a drunkard, not contentious, not greedy of ill gain, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous, (4) ruling his own house well, having children in subjection with all honor. (5) For if a man does not know to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God? (6) not a novice, lest being puffed up he may fall into the condemnation of the Devil. (7) But he must also have a good report from those on the outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the Devil. (12) Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and households well.”

1 Timothy 3:4,5 is the key to understanding what God is trying to teach us.  God has made it clear that those who lead His Church must first be skilled and successful leaders in the family unit. 

Adventist World says that, “According to a statement from the division (NAD), ‘this, however, is an issue of equality and opportunity for all leaders who hold the commissioned minister credentials.’”  I am sorry, but this is a very poor excuse to set aside the Word of God.  This is my belief… God gave males and females gender roles at the fall (Adam and Eve) to help create balance and structure in a world that was quickly slipping into chaos.  Even though God has given us gender roles, we are still equal as human beings. 

If we are not careful, we are going to get ourselves in trouble as a Church.