Shoplifting, pro and con

We see more and more articles on debating women’s ordination, even from evangelical churches. The idea is that it’s not a key issue, so all the he and shes out there can lovingly disagree.

Since Christ ascended into heaven, the church has debated the sacraments, soteriology, and a multitude of other things, but it never debated women in the pulpit until the 19th century. Think about that. The standard retort is that we are enlightened now. That view doesn’t hold up to scrutiny; does the average evangelical leader really want to compare his walk with Athanasius, Tyndale, or Spurgeon? Moreover, it denigrates the Spirit’s witness in nearly every leader the Church ever had. The ordination of women was not debated for a simple reason: the Scripture is utterly clear on the topic. You don’t need to generalize Galatians 3:28 or speculate about the life of Eunice, you just need to read what Paul clearly stated. You can just look at the entire context of Scripture, where priestesses and apostlettes are conspicuously absent. Our walk is about renewing our minds (Rom 12:2) to conform with the ancient but ageless Word of God, not pandering to the spirit of this age.

It’s no different than debating shoplifting. Shoplifting, pro or con? If we debate it in enough articles and books, perhaps people will discover a more “balanced” view of the Eighth Commandment that the entire church missed out on for 2,000 years. What nuances does “Thou Shalt Not Steal” hide?

It’s aggravating to see the church having to waste time dealing with convoluted arguments that muddy the obvious. But I guess that’s what it means to guard the good deposit (2 Tim 1:14).

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