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  1. Elaine Nelson
    07 July 2013 @ 6:26 pm

    Another conference votes for equality!

  2. Truth Seeker
    07 July 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    Just more rebellion and I sincerely hope the GC will take the proper action with respect to Unions who under feminist pressure have defied law and order. How sad.
    Maranatha

  3. Elaine Nelson
    08 July 2013 @ 12:29 am

    The same action they took for the other three conferences that have already ordained women pastors?

  4. L. Humberto Covarrubias
    08 July 2013 @ 3:10 am

    How refreshing news, in the midst of our theme of Revival and Reformaton! What better evidence of the leading of the Spirit in His people.

  5. -Shining
    08 July 2013 @ 4:52 am

    Revival and reformation of our church structure to follow the model of Joel 2 n Acts 2  🙂

  6. Frank Allen
    08 July 2013 @ 5:57 pm

    This account reveals wider cracks in the GC leadership’s ability to uphold harmony and goodwill among division leaders. If the corporate church cannot hang together, it will lead to wider unsettled differences—down into the local level. The issues will vary but precedence has been set for public disharmony to gain momentum.

    When respect for GC positions is lost, individualism in doctrine and its application is inevitable. We need new GC leaders that will inspire confidence and lead to consensus. As exampled in Acts 15 when the leaders defused volatile antagonism between conservative Rabbis and Paul’s more liberal Gentile theology of no circumcision or Jewish food customs.  

    Sadly, I see further division that will splinter the SDA movement as different groups justify their theological positions. Disharmony at the top of leadership will lead to separation and accusation at the bottom local level. Who can stop the trend? Current leadership is clueless. Are they depending on the idea that God will lead the church to victory in spite of what leadership does?  My hunch is that the die is cast; a host of other issues are soon to surface creating separation and division. 

    Hopefully, we will never develop into violence/hatred as seen between Muslims bothers whose Imams cannot agree.  

    • William Noel
      08 July 2013 @ 6:32 pm

      Unfortunately, many esteem top church leaders more than the Holy Spirit.  If the church splinters it will be because we esteem the leadership of people above the leadership of God.

    • -Shining
      09 July 2013 @ 3:24 am

      We dont need to do everything the same to be in harmony.  WE dont have to eat the same food or wear the same kind of clothes or play the same musical instruments.  We also dont have to have exactly the same traits in our pastors or our presidents.  if a church, conference, union, or division doesn't want to hire or hear a certain person or group, they dont have to hire or listen to them.  Acts 15 shows how people can hold wildly different viewpoints on church stucture and still be accepted by God.  We dont even have to all accept the gifts God is sending.  They certainly didn't in Ellen White's day.  Did some leave because others accepted EGW as a prophet?  Yes.  Thankfully most of our leaders did not allow that problem to cause them to totally reject Ellen White.
       

    • Jim Hamstra
      13 July 2013 @ 1:04 pm

      I see in these comments a failure to distinguish between doctrinal positions (as formalized in the "28 fundamental beliefs") and working policies.  The SDA church has no voted fundamental belief regarding the role of women as distinct from that of believers of any gender.  The SDA church does have various working policies regarding who can be ordained and what offieces require ordination.

      "Rebellion" or "disobedience" or "apostasy" are rather strong words that should (in my opinion) be reserved for matters related to fundamental beliefs as opposed to working policies.  A more accurate way to characterize the latter would be "non-compliance" or "non-conformance".

      We need to distinguish between faith and practice.  We do not expel conferences in parts of the world where grape juic is not readily avialble, that substitute some other beverage in communion.  Yet for many years the Church Manual said grape juice was to be used for communion.

  7. tooblessed
    13 July 2013 @ 11:03 pm

    Galatians 3:28 "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."