29 April 2013

Feminist Rebellion in a Rebellious System: Kentucky Woman Defies Roman Catholic Church, Is Ordained as Priest

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In December 2012, a poorly done parody of the pop song, "Call Me Maybe" circulated throughout the blogosphere. "Ordain a Lady" was a production created by the Women's Ordination Conference (WOC), which describes itself as "the world's oldest and largest organization working solely for the ordination of women as priests, deacons, and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Catholic Church." Some of the lyrics for the parody tune read as follows:
I had a dream as a girl,
Like Therese of Lisieux,
I need to give this whirl
So I can lead the way.

Woman priest is my call;
Women preaching for all.
Don't listen to St. Paul,
'Cuz I can lead the way.

My ministry is growing.
Excommunication? I'm still glowing.
M.Div, chasuble flowing;
Where you think the Church is going?

Hey, I was baptized, and this is crazy,
But God just called me, so ordain a lady!
Justice doesn't look right, with only male priests,
But God just called me, so ordain a lady!

(Source)
Four months later, Reuters tells the story of Rosemarie Smead, "a 70-year-old Kentucky woman [who] was ordained a priest on Saturday as part of a dissident group operating outside of official Roman Catholic Church authority." Though it has not been reported that Smead is affiliated with the aforementioned WOC, it nevertheless seems obvious that she and the group share similar goals.
Rosemarie Smead is one of about 150 women around the world who have decided not to wait for the Roman Catholic Church to lift its ban on women priests, but to be ordained and start their own congregations.

In an interview before the ceremony, Smead said she is not worried about being excommunicated from the Church - the fate of other women ordained outside of Vatican law.

"It has no sting for me," said Smead, a petite, gray-haired former Carmelite nun with a ready hug for strangers. "It is a Medieval bullying stick the bishops used to keep control over people and to keep the voices of women silent. I am way beyond letting octogenarian men tell us how to live our lives."

(Source)
It has been demonstrated at length on this blog and others that the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) stand in direct opposition to the Word of God, this feminist movement is not something that is confined to the RCC. Even in the evangelical world, a rebellious movement is afoot as women seek to usurp the role of men within the church. God clearly established and commanded the order of the true church in His Word. The role of elder is unambiguously taught by the Apostle Paul in his pastoral epistles to Timothy and Titus. Alongside the qualifications for elders, Paul states the following:
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. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. (1 Tim. 2:11–15)
It seems astonishing that any person claiming submission and fidelity to Scripture would blatantly disobey such commands. Yet it happens and it happens frequently. Women desire positions of authority and control because, as part of the curse of the Fall, the God-ordained roles of men and women were distorted:
To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” (Gen. 3:16)
The article, "Women Elders: the World vs. the Word" explains this in greater detail and states in conclusion:
In the church, when women usurp the authority granted to men, or when men abdicate their role, thus opening the door for women to take their place, the Word of God is reviled. It is disobeyed, defied and denigrated. The roles of men and women within the Body of Christ are clearly defined by God Himself. The distinction between these roles does not nullify the glorious reality of spiritual equality in Christ (Rom. 3:22; Gal. 3:28; 1 Cor. 12:13), but it does demonstrate the importance of submission—by both men and women—to the Head of the Church, Jesus Christ. (Source)
Of course, the irony in the case of Rosemarie Smead is that the whole of the Roman Catholic Church finds itself in sinful rebellion as it attempts to usurp the headship of Jesus Christ with its affirmation of the role of pope. As the RCC gains influence and acceptance among evangelicals, however, it is important that the true Christian continue to stand firm upon the Word of God and the truths contained therein. The rebellion of feminism, whether in the evangelical or the Roman Catholic world, is merely a symptom of the greater problem, and that is that the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is not being proclaimed. When the Gospel is proclaimed, when men are called to repentance of sins and faith in Christ alone, salvation occurs. And when a man or woman is saved by God, the chains of sin and rebellion are broken to the glory of God alone.
But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. (Rom. 6:17–18)
*A version of this article originally appeared here at Christian Research Network.

Further Reading
Rejecting the Papacy
Women Elders: the World vs. the Word
To Those Who Would Usurp the Headship of Christ: Fall on Your Faces

2 comments:

  1. Indeed and this apostasy is common to apostate Romanism as is common to apostate, liberal leavenjellycalism. From core values of Willow Creek:

    "We believe a church should operate as a unified community of servants, with men and WOMEN stewarding their spiritual gifts. This includes the concepts of unity, servanthood, spiritual gifts, and MINISTRY callings (1 Corinthians 12 and 14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4; Psalm 133:1)."

    Source: http://www.willowcreek.org/aboutwillow/what-willow-believes

    Yes, they do have women pastors in Willow Creek and they do have them speaking from their stage.

    ~ Despeville

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  2. Jesus chose Men to spread the gospel.. 12 men.. We are to follow Christ not our own passions.. The true servant is humble and accepts his role in the body.. And he/she that is humble will be exalted in heaven... Put away your pride ministry is for men clearly stated, and lived out by the master Jesus Christ.. Amen

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