I don’t get it

I almost failed Logic in college. Propositions, outcomes, fallacies: all a little over my head. So while it may be that syllogisms and logical outcomes aren’t my forte, there are still a few things that don’t add up.

There are people in the LCMS who are for women’s ordination.

Then there’s the rest of us who believe that Scripture and the Confessions absolutely, hands-down, no-way-around-it say that the pastoral office is for men only, that no amount of flowery re-wording or fancy language can wiggle out of the fact that the Office of the Holy Ministry isn’t for women.

Then there are those who likewise believe that men alone are to hold the pastoral office . . . but that women have no part in theological discussions. No studying theology. No discussing theology. No writing theology.

How does that work?

I mean, where’s that come from?

As for me–a woman who’s got a masters degree in theology, loves to talk and listen and read about theology, and who holds firmly to a male-only pastoral office, I’ll second President Harrison’s remarks on women “doing theology.”

ACNA Conference, Fort Wayne, IN

Any other takers?

7 thoughts on “I don’t get it

  1. Thanks for posting this. All of us in LCMS need to hear his message and stand firm on scripture on these issues. And I was glad to hear him encouraging women to study theology! Wish I were younger – I’d go back to school and learn more!

  2. I like him!

    I have two close female family members who have left the LCMS church for either the ELCA or Universalist beliefs, and they were attracted to those “faiths” mainly because of their feminist beliefs. The acknowledgement of gender roles and responsibilities really bothers them–but from my perspective I just think it’s sad when we as humans can’t appreciate the beauty of the roles of male and females and how well they complement each other. God’s design is so perfect. And I love how Harrison recognizes the value of female discipleship in the church while still desiring to please God by adhering to the structure He intended for us. I have seen first hand how feminism robs us women of so much…

  3. I love the part in the Hammer of God where the old woman, not the pastor, comes to the aid of the man on his death bed and is able to comfort him in his time of doubt and despair. Then they bring the pastor in to give Communion. I think this says a lot about what you are saying.

  4. As I tell my catechumens, if you have something to say about God, you’re a theologian. Imagine if our Sunday school teachers (largely women) had the kind of theological training you have, passing that along to the next generation—that would bring joy to the male pastorate in the long run.

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