Slippery Slope of Compromise – Women in Ministry

Posted on May 4, 2012


The North American Division (NAD) is quickly sliding down the slippery slope of compromise.  Instead of holding true to the working policies of the Church and teachings of the Bible, our leaders are pushing a rebellious agenda. 

At the recent North American Division Women Clergy Conference on April 23-26, 2012, our Church leaders of the NAD Ministerial Department boldly spoke as if they had attained victory in their attempt to push our Church towards accepting the ordination of women for pastoral ministry.  The world Church has voted down the ordination of women for ministry numerous times and yet the NAD is pushing forward.  

Spectrum Magazine’s Article [READ MORE

Here are some questions and answers from the Adventists Affirm website.  [READ MORE HERE]

1.) What does the Bible teach regarding the role of women in the church?

The Bible presents women as full participants with men in the religious and social life of the church.  But women did not serve as priests in the Old Testament (Exodus 28:1, Numbers 3:1-13) nor did they serve in the leadership/teaching role of elder or pastor in the New Testament (1 Timothy 2:11-14; 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Corinthians 14:33-36).

2.) What does the New Testament actually say about women in elder-pastor leadership roles?

“I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over men; she is to keep silent” (1 Timothy 2:12). “If anyone aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task. Now a bishop must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, . . . an apt teacher” (1 Timothy 3:1, 2). “This is why I left you in Crete, that you might amend what was defective, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you, if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife . . .” (Titus 1:5, 6). “As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. . . . If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 14:33-37). There are more New Testament directives on this subject than there are about tithing or footwashing or the Sabbath. These New Testament passages are examined in this issue.

3.) Was the Biblical exclusion of women from elder-pastor roles a consequence of a prevailing patriarchal, “male-chauvinist” culture and mentality?

No. The culture of the time permitted women to serve as priests. Many religions included women in their priesthood. By contrast, the inspired writers of both the Old Testament and the New Testament maintained the role distinctions as assigned by God to men and women from the beginning.

4.) What has been the experience of churches that have ordained women as priests or pastors?

Some denominations have endured quarrels and divisions over appointing women ministers. For some this has involved forming new churches or even denominations. However, some other denominations feel that their new women ministers have been a real help to them.

So what shall we conclude from the experience of the various denominations?

Seventh-day Adventists don’t arrive at truth by asking, “Do Baptists get spiritual help from attending church on Sunday?” We don’t ask, “Do Pentecostals feel close to God when they talk in tongues?” We don’t ask if Catholics find it meaningful to have a pope and a Virgin Mary.

Seventh-day Adventists ask, “What does the Bible say?” We believe God’s best blessings fall on people who choose to obey His revealed will.

5.) What is Ellen White’s relationship to this issue? Was she ever ordained?

Ellen White was never ordained. After more than 25 years of her prophetic ministry, the church voted her the credentials of an ordained minister, but she indicated in 1909 (when she was in her eighties) that she had never been ordained (Arthur L. White, Spectrum , 4, 2 [Spring 1972] :7). Nor did she ever exercise the special functions of an ordained minister, such as performing marriages, baptizing, and organizing local churches. As are all church members, she too was ordained of God to work for Him and was given a special work to do. But she was never ordained by human hands.

6.) Did Ellen White urge the church to ordain women?

To the Gospel ministry and as elders? No. She urged that certain women who were “willing to consecrate some of their time to the service of the Lord should be appointed to visit the sick, look after the young, and minister to the necessities of the poor. They should be set apart to this work by prayer and laying on of hands” ( Review and Herald , July 9, 1895). It was “to this work,” a personal work of visitation and mercy, that they were to be set apart. This is not the same as the role of church leadership entrusted to the pastor or elder.

The Bible clearly teaches that men have been given the role of spiritual leader in the home and church.  The Bible also provides plenty of evidence of how women can be very active in ministry without trying to replace men in their leadership roles.  Our Church leaders should be teaching our men how to be successful leaders in the home and Church… they should also be teaching our women how to be supportive of our church leaders and how to be effective wives and mothers. 

If we desire to have the blessing of God in these last days, we need to repent and turn back to God.     

Please take the time to prayerfully consider this issue and if you feel that our Church leaders need to be asked to stay true to God’s Biblical will… you can write a (Christ-like ) letter to our NAD leaders… [CLICK HERE]