Posted by: adventlife | February 4, 2018

A Short History of the Headship Doctrine in the Seventh-day Adventist Church

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The origin of the Headship Doctrine was developed in the 1970-1980 decades by a few Calvinist evangelical teachers and introduced into Adventism by Andrews theologian Samuelle Bacchiocchi in the late 1980.

Bacchiocchi’s main motivation for adopting the headship doctrine was the fear of feminism that was advancing rapidly in society at the time and his dislike of the women’s ordination movement.

There was nothing published in Adventism dealing with the headship doctrine in Adventism prior to 1980. The only support for this was Paul’s injunction against women speaking in church and his prohibition of women teaching men.

Adventists interpretation of those Pauline prohibitions alleged that Paul’s teaching regarding women’s role were based on cultural mores prevalent in the first century. The reason for this Adventist interpretation was the role played by Ellen White who did preach and taught openly in the church.

For 120 years the Church of Christ ministers criticized the example of Mrs. White on this issue and held that she violated Paul’s principle based on the need of women to be silent in church.

Up to that time, Adventists ignored the argument that ordained pastors and deacons must be the husband of one wife rule set by Paul, and interpreted this as implying that ordination required moral integrity.

More: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxa-xjkVWScYMFJvVk9SOE1JUU0/view

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