Before I leave on the weekend for NAD Year End Meetings I wanted to send you an update on women’s ordination from the recent GC Annual Council held at the General Conference Headquarters.
Elder Ted Wilson and Elder Mark Finley in their appeals to the Annual Council body said we must at all cost maintain the unity of the Adventist Church — regardless of which way the final decision on women’s ordination goes. “Whatever your viewpoint is on the ordination of women, whether you are convicted on one side of the question or the other, there comes a point when you do not tear the body of Christ apart,” Finley said, referring to the church. He added: “There comes a point where you say, ‘We will accept the decision of the corporate body, namely the General Conference session. And whatever my personal view is on that, no matter how I believe I am right, I have come to the conclusion that I will accept as God’s will whatever the session votes and move on with our mission.” I am sure you know that the General Conference in Session is the highest authority of the church.
Finley went on to say This attitude, he said, was adopted by early Christian leaders as they sought to find a 12th disciple to replace Judas Iscariot in Acts 1, to end a dispute with widows in Acts 6, and to resolve a debate over circumcision at the Jerusalem council in Acts 15. Finley said the New Testament church leaders followed 5 steps to resolve church difficulties:
1. They prayed about an issue.
2. They studied Scripture.
3. They evaluated everything based on mission — what was best for the mission of the church.
4. They openly discussed the issue and freely debated, even when the discussion got heated. Acts 15:2 says, “Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them”
5. They trusted one another enough to make a decision, and then they moved on with mission.
After listening to three major presentation Elder Wilson took the microphone and basically said that he would fully support whatever decision is made at the 2015 General Conference Session.
We then broke for prayer (17 different times throughout the day we broke for prayer). After prayer a recommendation from the General Conference Officers and Division Leaders was presented. The following was the recommendation:
After 6 hours of discussion the following question was voted to send to the General Conference Session:
“Is it acceptable for division executive committees, as they may deem appropriate in their territories, to make provision for the ordination of women to the gospel ministry?" Below is the vote –
What this means is this -- regardless of whether one is in favor of women’s ordination or not, the clear majority want this question to be on the General Conference Agenda. Please continue to pray for the delegates to the General Conference Session that God will give them wisdom and discernment to take the appropriate action. The list of delegates from Canada have not yet been voted. Once they are I will inform you right away.
I will not be back in the office until the 27th of November. If you need to contact me you can try my cell – 604-308-6131 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org If there is an emergency please contact either Wesley or Michael.
Here is a quote from EGW that I shared on Sabbath: “Satan’s efforts against advocates of the truth will wax more bitter and determined to the very close of time” “And what course shall the advocates of truth pursue? They have the unchangeable, eternal Word of God, and they should reveal the fact that they have the truth as it is in Jesus. Their words must not be rugged and sharp. In their presentation of truth they must manifest the love and meekness and gentleness of Christ. Let the truth do the cutting; the Word of God is a sharp, two edged sword, and will cut its way to the heart. Those who know that they have the truth should not, by the use of harsh and severe expressions, give Satan one chance to misinterpret their spirit.” Evangelism 236
You are in my prayers every day – God bless! Wayne Culmore, President
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