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(RNS) For now, statements from church headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., focus less on gender and more on concern that regional church bodies have forged ahead with their own decisions without consensus from the wider denomination.


  1. The bible is clear on this issue.The point of conflict here is whether to remain obedient to the plain provisions of the Holy Scriptures or get swallowed up in modernism which elevates human opinion above the Word of God.I choose to stand by His Word~Everything can fail, but His Word endures forever!!
    #Women have their role and men too have theirs#

  2. ““I feel like the Bible hasn’t changed while our culture has, and so if I’m going to be a Bible Christian, then the traditional understanding that there’s a distinction between men and women is still unchanged,” said Pastor Doug Batchelor”


    • The word of God says in 2 Thess. 2:3 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed , the son of perdition;” That is exactly what the Adventist leaders are doing (falling away from the Word of God) which they have been doing for quite a while now but this move in allowing women to take part as heads of the church is a sure sign of their rejection of God’s Will! We are to “pray and watch” and the signs are sure that we’re nearing the coming of Christ. He tells His true servants to come out of any church that teaches contrary to His Word and that is exactly what this move proves! We are to take a stand for the Word of God and not the teachings of any given church! Hopefully you’re a true servant of God and will do just that! The true bride of Christ is a virgin without spot or blemish and this has put a blemish on the Adventist church. Something to think about!

  3. We may allow confusion on everything else, but not women ordination. There is no evidence that our pioneer Ellen G. White was ordained? But she did some tremendous work, why now are we pushing worldliness into our beautiful church? Whoever is propagating this lacks the spirit & peace Christ.

  4. I was raised as a SDA, felt no freedom and left at age 13. Became a leading British Communist and married the daughter of a leading British Communist. With my wife always at my side we re-joined the SDA for 10 years, during which we adopted our son, who we called Daniel. After 10 more years I felt no spiritual improvement and left to join and become a highest level Scientologist. 10 more years and I left that to integrate my entire life experiences. Now I am back talking to SDA pastors about what I felt was missing and what I have discovered. Apart from its on-going refusal to update in a Christ like manner to allow women to be ordained, all my original problems with the church have vanished. For others they observably still remain.The SDA seriously needs a makeover, to let go completely of its subservience to Old and New Testament laws that need to be monitored against each individuals Christ aided love of God, love of themselves and love of their God Created neighbours. I am happy to communicate with anyone.

  5. “Thus says the Lord”……according to Scriptures. It is made clear and undeniable. Therefore, no concession can be made. If it IS made by the SDA Church to ordain women, then I, as well as many followers, will find the church as compromising to societal pressure and not adhering to the Scriptures. I pray it not be so.

  6. All these comments stating why females should not be ordained and I have yet to see one backed up by Scripture. Even so, a verse taken out of context loses all meaning. For example:
    John 11:35 “Jesus wept.” Jesus wept for his people who though it a crime to ordain women.
    Realise how foolish that sounds, realise how uneducated you sound, read your Bible, then come back and say something.
    Thank You.

  7. The Bible and the Spirit of Prophesy are silent about women ordination to become Pastor.The Bible is silent also, about “emancipation of slavery”, in the U.S.and worldwide.The pioneers and leaders of this church stand firmly united against ‘slavery.’In the Bible, we could not deny that the practice of slavery was prohibited,even during the time of Paul.My point if the Holy Spirit would guide the SDA Church which I believe would benefit and made the it more dynamic in nurturing and evangelism…why not accept women must be ordained in the ministry as Pastors.Anyway,the SDA CHURCH had been ordaining women as Deaconess in the local congregation which is really the church.

  8. The Scriptures are NOT silent about this. 1 Timothy 2:11-12, which reads, “Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.” At its face, this passage is abundantly clear. God, through the apostle Paul, restricts women from serving in roles of teaching and/or having spiritual authority over men. This precludes women from serving as pastors over men, which definitely includes preaching to them, teaching them publicly, and exercising spiritual authority over them.

  9. wilfriedBruggemann

    In my opinion the issue is not of ” leadership “! We have many women in leadership positions.The issue is ordination. as pastors and elders.The Bible is clear so it comes down to: What do we want to follow or our own wishes and aspirations or Scripture. It is interesting that that the issue of women`s ordinationi is only forged forward in western cultures like Europe and North America.I guess it is seen as more ènlightened than the rest of the world. Sure not a sign of unityon such an all important issue.

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