Doug Batchelor Preaches
Women Pastors - II
“As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” Isaiah 3:12
First of all, I agree with Doug 100% concerning: Women should NOT be pastors.
I have no problem with women as prophets, and I have no problem with women being in a position of authority. In fact, I personally have been secularly employed at over 50 different companies. Thus, in my personal secular employment, I have had over 50 different "Bosses/Supervisors". And of that 50, the 2 that I truly believe were the "best bosses", 1 was a woman, and the other was a gay man. So I can assure you, I have no problem with women being in a position of authority.
However, God's Word (Bible & SOP) is absolutely clear as to who can and cannot be "Pastors/Elders".
But he (Jesus) answered and said, it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
I notice that Jesus did NOT say: "... but by some of the words that proceedeth ..." nor did He say "... but by every word except the ones you don't 'like' that proceedeth ...".
Sadly, far too many professing Christians (ditto for Adventists), seem to think Jesus said something He did not say.
Regarding the A-Today article in question:
It is interesting to note that Adventist Today is very obviously opposed to Doug's sermon, so much in fact, that they have even "reported" Doug to his "employers", not unlike an irate/belligerent customer demanding to "speak with the manager".
Interestingly, Doug's immediate "supervisor" Jim Pedersen, flat-out stated that Doug was/is in violation of "Corporate Policy". Regardless of who's right or who's wrong, Pedersen's response is pure Doublespeak at its finest! Tell me Jim, if Doug had been giving a true and honest assessment of the SDA Church being in apostasy, and subsequently giving PROPER Bible counsel on the proper response to that apostasy, would you still "honor the right of pastors to speak from their biblical study in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist message"?! -- I believe we all know the answer to that question! -- Yes, I realise that Doug makes the Conference a LOT of money, and you don't want that to change.
Note too, the statement: "Finally, Adventist Today will be posting articles by thinking pastors, theologians and the laity in next few days." -- as though only those who agree with A-Today are "thinking" folk. (Apparently, philosophers are "thinking" folk, and Bible following people aren't "thinking"!).
It is also interesting to note that on the Main Page, under the "Comments" section, there are 13 responses. 10 of those 13 (that's over 76%), condemn Doug for preaching Bible Truth. -- interesting.
Also, note that David Newman, senior pastor of New Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fulton, MD, and editor of Adventist Today provides the first "rebuttal" response to Batchelor. (make that 11 out of 14 -- or 78.5%).
I think it would be safe to conclude that Most of the SDA Pastors will agree with Newman.
I believe that Pastor Bachelor will be soon FORCED to make a decision:
Either recant his position and apologise for his "error".
Or, be at odds with his employers and eventually be fired from his "job", (remember he makes them a LOT of money, so they will probably not "fire" him -- at least not for a long while).
Or, be at odds with his employers and eventually realise that he can no longer continue to member with a church that teaches/promotes false doctrines.
What say ye Pastor?