GRAND RAPIDS -- With one remarkably swift vote, the Christian Reformed Church made history Saturday by electing a woman as vice president of its annual meeting.
I am convinced now - more than ever - that the CRC will stand firm on NOTHING. They have lost their way.
Isn't ordination the bigger deal?
After that's allowed, any restrictions or limits on delegates to synod (please pardon my ignorant phraseology) would seem superficial and ultimately temporary.
Yes and no. Until this year the CRC has allowed each classis to choose whether or not to have female ordained pastors and elders. The default was "not", with the classis having to vote in order to HAVE female pastors and elders.
And these classis did not send female delegates to synod.
Starting this year, the default is "yes" - and each classis now has to vote in order to NOT have female pastors and elders and classis will be able to send female delegates to synod.
In the past, a synod could vote to have female elders and pastors - it would not affect those classis that believe it Biblical to have men in leadership, since the delegates at synod - the ones deciding the direction of the denomination - were men.
That is turned around now. Even those classis who do not wish to have female elders and pastors (and who have voted not to have female elders and pastors) are having their direction chosen by a group of mixed men and women.
It is like the gay marriage thing. Massachusetts has a restriction that disallows gay couples from states with prohibitions from "marrying" in Massachusetts. They may be messing up their state but they are pretty much keeping it there.
California has no such restriction - a couple from a state that prohibits gay marriage CAN go to California and be "married". They seem intent on screwing with the laws of others states as well as their own.
Even those classis who do not wish to have female elders and pastors (and who have voted not to have female elders and pastors) are having their direction chosen by a group of mixed men and women.
Got you ... I skipped over "classis" in the article, not knowing its meaning and not bothering to "look it up."
I sometimes wonder how I would react to such a change ... there are few places left to go to anymore ...