16 July 2014

Church of England Votes to Continue in Disobedience to God's Word with Appointment of Female Bishops

It was not long ago that the Church of England celebrated 20 years of disobedience to God's Word in its ordination of women priests. This week, feminists across the CoE are celebrating another victory resulting in the denigration, disobedience and disregard of Scripture, as it has been reported that the Church of England General Synod has voted to allow women to become bishops in the church.
Canterbury Cathedral; Photo: Tony Hisgett

BBC reports:
The Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops for the first time in its history. Its ruling General Synod gave approval to legislation introducing the change by the required two-thirds majority. (Source)
Reported CNN:
The first female bishop could be appointed by the end of the year, the church said. 
The head of the Church of England, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, said he was "delighted" with the result. Church of England rejects women bishops Female clergy for the Church of England? "Today marks the start of a great adventure of seeking mutual flourishing while still, in some cases disagreeing," he said in a statement. "The challenge for us will be for the church to model good disagreement and to continue to demonstrate love for those who disagree on theological grounds."
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The problem with the so-called progress that is being achieved on this "great adventure" is, of course, that it stands in direct opposition to God's clear prohibition against women in leadership and authority over men in the church. Texts such as 1 Timothy 2:11–15 and Titus 2:3–5 do not stutter in their commands or descriptions of a woman's role:
A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness. But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint. (1 Timothy 2:11–15)
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.(Titus 2:3–5) 
When both women and men submit to the Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ, then the Word of God is upheld. To overturn God's clearly ordained roles for men and women, however, is to dishonor His Word, and to disdain His authority.

The BBC report continues:
It is hard to exaggerate the significance of today's decision at the York Synod. 
It breaks a hitherto unbroken tradition of exclusively male bishops inherited from the first Christians almost 2,000 years ago. 
Some Anglicans see it as a "cosmic shift" - arguing that the Church's theology has been changed by its acceptance that men and women are equally eligible to lead and teach Christianity. 
With the decision, the Church is acknowledging the importance secular society places on equality, signalling that it wants to end its isolation from the lives of the people it serves.
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The Church may be "acknowledging the importance secular society places on equality," but this is not the role of the church. The church is not designed to cater to the world, it is called to be set apart from the world. This means that it will be unpopular, disliked and even hated by the world. It will be seen as 'radical,' 'outdated' and perhaps even 'oppressive' to those who live in bondage to sin and the lies perpetuated by the enemy of the church. The world does not understand the freedom that is found in obedience and submission to Christ because the world does not know Christ. But Christ knows His own, and He knew the opposition they would face in the world, as evidenced by His prayer for His disciples in John 17:
But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. (John 17:13–21)
A church led by a woman is not a church, no matter the name on the sign. A woman who believes she has been called to be a pastor (or a priest or a bishop) is a woman who has been desperately deceived either by her own sinful self or by the work of the Great Deceiver (or a damning combination of both). Christ would never contradict His own Word. Who, then, is man to attempt to contradict it with his appeals to cultural context or relevance? If God says a thing is to be so, then it is to be so. If God says a thing is sin, then it is sin. May the creature never dare tell the Creator that He is in error!

The Church of England has not surprised many with this latest vote. Yet let the Christian take notice and be prepared as liberalism continues its no-longer-subtle infiltration of professing Christendom. May those who are Christ's continue to stand firm upon the foundation of the Word they know to be true.

Further Reading
Church of England Celebrates 20 Years of Disobedience to God's Word
Women Elders: the World vs. the Word
Replacing the 'Violent' Cross

4 comments:

  1. Sigh. Can't people read? No, they can't. So, is it God's Word or man's fickle, sinful, little opinions? Well, for now, it's man's call . . . but, oh boy . . .

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  2. Thanks Erin, another home run article and commentary. Barbara L

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    1. Babe Ruth's record is under threat, for sure!

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  3. The women in my church gave me a book by J. Lee Grady concerning women in leadership when I dare posed the Scripture verse that says a woman shall not teach over a man (1 Timothy 2:12) It seems that Charisma Magazine and the author/blogger J. Lee Grady have been given more authority in the church than the very Word of God. So the men sit there in the pews like the good ole boys' club and allow the women to preach and teach. And for the record, if the daughters of leadership attend a "Bible college," they are welcomed back to preach a message regardless of what God commands us to do......and the parents sit there so proudly.....ugggggh!

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