Posted by: adventlife | January 8, 2018

Dr. George Knight: Biblical Meaning of Ordination

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“The laying on of hands is a biblical concept, but they received their “commission from God Himself, and the ceremony of the laying on of hands added no new grace or virtual qualification.” It was simply a human recognition that God had called the person. (AA, p. 161) …

Who decides who can be a pastor? Jesus gave spiritual gifts, including the gift of pastoring (and they are not based on gender). (Ephesians 4:8, 11-13) The Bible has examples of female prophets and preachers. …

The laying on of hands merely recognizes publicly what the Holy Spirit has already done. (EGW, AA p. 161) …

The “husband of one wife” passage was a limitation against fornication and polygamy, not an indication that only males can be ministers. Jesus and Paul were not married. …

The General Conference already approved women in ministry 25 years ago. Men and women ministers already have the laying on of hands. The only difference is that the men are called “ordained” and the women are called “commissioned.” It is merely a word game, because they do the exact same work, and the two terms mean the same thing. …

It is especially amazing that Adventists are having this debate, given the fact that the most influential clergy person in Adventist history was a woman. …”

More: http://equalordination.com/george-knight-on-ordination/

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