Adventists, like other churches, have rules
THE EDITOR, Sir:
This is an open letter to Gleaner columnist Carolyn Cooper.
In response to Carolyn Cooper's article, 'Backward Adventists', written on the non-ordination of women in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, my question to you is: Where don't these things happen?
I recently spoke with a pastor who grew up with you. He expressed his concern for your soul's salvation because of your contempt towards churches in general, and especially the SDA Church. Your article on Sunday is, therefore, not surprising.
However, let me remind you that every church suffers from division on one matter or another, and people will, sadly, probably never see eye to eye on certain issues.
We, as Adventists, do not believe that it is biblical for women to be ordained as ministers. It's as simple as that. We live in an era where feminists, homosexuals, and even paedophiles wish to see more freedom - freedom of everything.
Here's a church that still has many of its rules and recommendations for believers intact. I also wish you had written your rather disdainful response from a biblical perspective rather than a feminist one. The two simply don't mix well. That would have appealed to the tastes of Christian intellectuals a bit more.
Nevertheless, I do hope that despite you only visiting Adventist churches for weddings and funerals, that you do occasionally go to some other place of worship to thank God for His blessings in your life. They are many, Professor Cooper!
The inconsistencies and bad characteristics you noted are also more common than you think in every denomination. This doesn't make it right, but you would need to list some more extraordinary happenings in order to capture more attention. There are unfaithful ministers everywhere. One can only look to Jesus in these days.
Additionally, every church claims to hold the truth, and therefore their mission stories will boast about people who have been converted to that particular church. I've always been impressed by your ability to present things with a perspective that is uncommon. After all, you do hold a doctorate. This time you left me yearning for deeper analysis and, of course, a rebuttal that adheres more to the sola scriptura principle.