SILVER SPRING, Md. — The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has voted to halt pastoral ordination across the world church. The decision was made in an effort to address rising tensions from last summer’s GC Session vote to not allow world divisions of the Church to make provision for the ordination of women pastors in their regions.
“We hoped last summer’s vote would preserve unity but it has done the opposite,” said GC spokesperson Inte Forsent, brushing a speck of scrambled egg from his face at an early morning press conference. “Instead of symbolizing service before God, pastoral ordination has become a symbol of male domination and potbellied power hoarding.”
Forsent said that as church leaders do not wish to contradict last summer’s vote, the overwhelming vote simply to stop ordination as a practice “will help level the mission field.”
“We have found a way to restore the integrity of the church to our unchurched friends around the world that actually see gender equality and fair treatment of women as an important value,” said Forsent.
The spokesperson pointed to the fact that multiple unions of the church have already made the decision to stop ordaining pastors of either gender as evidence that fair treatment of female ministers actually can work.
Said Forsent: “It is time that we took seriously the words of Jesus in Matthew 20 when he cautioned about establishing rules of hierarchy and power: ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.'”
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Is it possible to do this ordination by mail order or by correspondence? I’m all shook up! Wow iz me!!
I’ll miss the ordination debates. What will I do now? Maybe watch political debates? Oh, I forgot–the ordination debate was a political debate.
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Why would you want to? Ordination developed from a pagan Roman practice that was adopted by the early Catholic Church.
Jesus ordained 12 apostles.
DIDN’T KNOW THEY HAD EVEN STARTED.
This is good news!
Now that there is no more formal ordination by the church, then everybody who wants to be a pastor and says they’re a pastor is a pastor! 18 million Seventh Day Adventists = 18 million pastors!
That’s not so far-fetched. Ever heard of the priesthood of all believers?
Kind of like the SDA branch of the Universal Life Church…
Or the SDA branch of Trump University. . . .
There are two Donalds: the real and the fake; the good and the bad. Sort of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The bad fake one ran Tramp University.
I like the spokesman’s name: “Inte Forsent.” Yup, I guess it’s “not too late.”
And it’s not too late to read EqualOrdination.com where Dr. George Knight pointed out that ordination is not even a biblical concept.
I must admit, I am self ordained. Make sense though. I cut down on most of the red tape and save a ton of money.
Today is the big day – Super Tuesday. Vote for me, and I’ll put a chicken in every pot, a car in every garage, and an ordained female pastor in every pulpit.
Hey, Mark O., don’t you mean a “Fri-Chik” in every pot?
Does that mean they will take mine back, unordain me, unlay those hands off my head? Maybe I can be free at last, free at last!
Pesky -touch not the unclean thing. Illegal to lay hands on anyone. Watch it,Bub!!! Woe iz me!