When we read Ellen White in context, she confirms what Scripture teaches. Men are the heads and priests of their families, and that headship role carries over into the church, to the male office of elder/overseer. Ellen White does not contradict Scripture on the roles of the sexes in the church, but rather fleshes them out, suggesting ways that women should be involved in a ministry that will complement the ministry of the male elders/overseers.
“All the world wondered after the beast” (Revelation 13:3), predicts God’s Word. A careful study of Daniel 7 and Revelation 13 reveals that this “beast” is a symbol of the Roman Catholic Church, whose authority is centered in the Pope.
In the end, the fact that Christ is the Head of the church is an ad oculos (obvious on sight), but redundant proclamation, which nearly everyone agrees with.
Some people teach women's equality with men should qualify women to assume any office or authoritative role generally and traditionally held by men. I would like to examine this ideology from a biblical, logical and Spirit of Prophecy perspective.
The One Project ministry and other like-minded ministries, there seems to be a kind of pre-determined, desired end in mind: a church that is informed and designed by Emerging Church theology because it is so in need of such rescue.
Among many Adventists who have a high regard for the prophetic authority of Ellen White, there is an inchoate but strong feeling that the example of her life somehow did away with the pattern of male spiritual leadership found throughout Scripture.
As I read negative reports in publications such as Spectrum Magazine and articles from SDA Kinship, there is something quite blazingly apparent to me. The accepted rule of faith and practice appears to be that of “political correctness” and “conventional thinking” rather than a plain “thus saith the Lord.”
Good friends of mine, people I love and respect, have suggested that the best way to end the strife is to let the various sectors of the church follow their own convictions on the issue. Based on Scripture and history, I believe this is the wrong approach. But before I tell you why, let me first share two things that are not motivating me.
Galatians 3:28 has been styled the “magna carta of humanity” (Paul Jewett, Man as Male, 142) by some egalitarians. They say “this verse shows that the church has, in past generations, maintained unbiblical support of a paternalistic church and family order. This has kept Christian women from rising to their God-ordained place of equality of position and authority alongside men in the leadership of the church and in the family."
A friend recently posted the excerpt below from Uriah Smith’s renowned commentary on the books of Daniel and Revelation. Smith unwittingly fulfills the Laodicean prophecy of Revelation 3, claiming that Seventh-day Adventists have actually received all that they need, they just need to use or apply it better.
In the following letter, G. Edward Reid appeals to Adventist Review Editor in Chief Bill Knott to correct "egregiously inaccurate" details in Dave Gemmell's article “Ministry is Ministry—Changing views about women pastors” published in Adventist World's March edition. The article is absent from the online version.
'Coming Out' Ministries released a video on YouTube today called "Aren't we free to choose?" in answer to their Holy Sexuality Conference being canceled in London, which was scheduled to occur next week. The local LGBT community collected over 40,000 signatures, calling for the denial of visas for the speakers. South England Adventist Conference canceled the meetings.