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Women's Role (2 of 4)
Series: I Timothy
I Timothy 2:8-15
In July 2008 the Church of England's ruling body voted to support women to become bishops without giving traditional supporters
of male-only priesthood the concessions they had sought if this change was implemented. Both sides had conceded the tradition
of male-only bishops would be changed and the lengthy debate centered on what accommodation would be given to dissenters.
One bishop broke down in tears at the meeting of senior British church leaders in York as he described his distress at the church's lack of willingness to accommodate traditionalists who threatened to leave if they felt they were not adequately protected from being forced to accept female bishops.
"I feel ashamed," said the Right Reverend Stepehen Venner, Bishop of Dover, who is in favor of women bishops. "We have talked for hours about wanting to give an honorable place to those who disagree. We have been given opportunities for both views to flourish. We have turned down every, almost realistic opportunity for those who are opposed, to flourish."
He was ashamed that they didn't give those who opposed women bishops the opportunity to fully express their position so they would feel accepted and included in the decision, but he didn't
feel any shame that they were making the decision to put women
in positions of significant leadership over the Church of England.
There are a growing number of churches who are putting women into leadership positions over the whole church. They often call their belief "biblical feminism." They emphasize the word "biblical" to distinguish themselves from more liberal Christian
or secular feminists. They believe that the church has not always interpreted or applied the Scripture correctly towards women.
When looking at the role of women in the church we must clearly understand what the Scripture teaches and not what culture wants.
It is easy to make the Script ...
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