—by Dr. John W. Kleinig
Those who know me know that I am firmly opposed to the ordination of
women. Yet many of them can’t understand why I am so adamant on this,
since it seems such an unimportant issue and so contrary to common
sense. How could I be so unreasonable? They are even more puzzled when
they discover that I did not always have a strong conviction on this
matter. I have therefore been asked why I have changed my mind on
whether women may be pastors, and why this matters so much to me.
The answer is quite simple. Despite my conviction of the equality of
women and men before God, close attention to God’s word has made me
change my mind. And that with some difficulty as it has meant taking a
culturally unfashionable stance! Yet I have done so joyfully because I
am confident in God’s word and certain that many blessings flow from
obedience to it. Since Christ has spoken on this matter I must listen
and obey for the good of the church and its mission to our broken world.
In that light I would like to spell out for you, as clearly and briefly
as I can, why I am conscience bound to uphold the traditional teaching
of the whole church on the ordination of women.
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My comments. . .
There are those who might suggest that being against the ordination of women is being against women. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unlike those who claim St. Paul was a misogynist, the actual truth is that St. Paul did more to liberate women from the unrighteous tyranny of male domination than any of the modern feminists. Yet, St. Paul himself addresses the reality of some things that are simply beyond the pale of our authority to change. These represent God's order, the means that He has chosen and therefore not changeable by will or desire of any who be faithful to His Word. Dr. Kleinig has shown us that objections to the ordination of women are based upon theology, upon Scripture, and upon the unchanging order with which God has chosen to work. Far from being some against women, such faithfulness honors women and men with the godly vocation and callings that ennobles us and never diminishes us. In the face of a false idea of equality which demands that gender and vocation be ignored, distinctions which God has placed upon our service to Him neither diminish nor elevate us above one another or above Christ (as some are wont to do).