The issue of women’s ordination will be the main point of discussion for the entire day, and it is possible that it could continue beyond the allotted time.
The question that is being presented before the delegates for deliberation has been carefully constructed and prayerfully considered. It reads,
After your prayerful study on ordination from the Bible, the writings of Ellen G. White, and the reports of the study commissions, and, after careful consideration of what is best for the church and the fulfillment of its mission, is it acceptable for division executive committees, as they may deem it appropriate in their territories, to make provision for the ordination of women to the gospel ministry? Yes or No.
No one knows the outcome, and there is no use in speculating. Anything is possible, but it is likely that this issue will need to be addressed during the 2020 General Conference Session also. That’s because the motion is not about women’s ordination per se, but about the ability of divisions to ordain if they deem it appropriate.
Some may feel that this is not the best approach to the question. But this is the recommendation that was agreed upon at the Annual Council meeting.
There are a few things the Church needs to keep in mind as we move forward today:
Either way the vote goes, there will be a large portion of the church that is disappointed. We need to be considerate of that fact and not glory in the perceived victory or wallow in the apparent defeat. We need to trust God. He is at the head of the church. Even if the church makes a mistake, trust that God will correct it in time.
If matters need adjusting at the head of the work God will attend to that, and work to right every wrong. Let us have faith that God is going to carry the noble ship which bears the people of God safely into port (Selected Messages 2:390 ).
Let’s pray together that the Lord will accomplish what He has set out to do in His church.
Prayer moves the arm of Omnipotence. He who marshals the stars in order in the heavens, whose word controls the waves of the great deep, the same infinite Creator will work in behalf of His people if they call upon Him in faith (Testimonies to the Church, V5, p 452).
Each delegate needs the help and wisdom of the Holy Spirit, and we must pray that pride and opinion do not get in the way. If you have not had breakfast today, then consider fasting while you pray.
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For those of you on twitter, @beans4breakfast (that’s Jarod Thomas, who was blogging earlier this week) will broadcast all the proceedings tomorrow via Periscope, and you can tune in anytime throughout the entire day—Lord willing.
God is faithful.
(Photo: Children praying in different languages at a GC Session meeting last Sabbath.)