Last night all the second year MTC students who are also candidates for ordination in the Sydney Anglican Diocese, were invited to dinner at the Archbishop‘s house.
After dinner he posed some questions to us to get us thinking about the good and bad of the Anglican communion and about the 2 main things that have put a stress on that communion – namely the ordination of women (as priests/bishops) and the ordination of Gene Robinson.
One of the questions that came up while we were discussing this was whether these two things are different in how they affect us and how we should respond to them.
So this is my question. If you believe (as I do) that the bible is clear on the role of women as it relates to the headship, then isn’t ordination of women disobedience to God’s word? So then how does if differ from the ordination of homosexuals, if there are both a case of unrepentant sin?
I think it’s an issue of clarity. In 1 Cor 6:9-10, practising homosexuals are listed amongst the greedy and others as not inheriting God’s kingdom, while the headship of women is not as straightforward. Good point though.
Katie, having just finished recording this week’s podcast with Ashley Null, I think he might have some good thoughts on this. In the Podcast he talked about first order and second order issues. Unless I’ve misunderstood him, homosexual activity (ie, in the category morality) is a first order issue. And women’s ordination would be a second order issue. Ashley himself didn’t make this explicit point, but I think its a fair inference from what he said.
Seems a little unusual to refer to women’s ordination as a second order issue here in Sydney, but it might very well be the case. And this would dovetail into what Anton said all along!
I love it when Dr. Null backs me up!
i have a question in response to that but i will listen to the podcast first and then get back to you