Wednesday, May 30, 2018

50 years ago: Presbyterian Church in Canada ordains its first female minister

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law.
And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
I Corinthians 14:34-35

Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
I Timothy 2:11-12

On May 29, 1968, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, one of the oldest mainline denominations in the country, ordained its first female minister, Shirley Jeffery, in Appin, Ontario, two years after the church's general assembly had approved the ordination of women. The PCC is an excellent example of this blogger's contention that the decision to ordain women isn't evidence that a denomination is starting to move in a more apostate direction, but is an indication of the extent to which the apostasy is already present within the denomination. The Presbyterian Church in Canada was a charter member of both the Canadian Council of Churches (1944) and World Council of Churches (1948), which were founded as apostate organizations.

While the decision to ordain women isn't an indication that a denomination is beginning to slide into apostasy (an earlier indication is the relaxation of standards on divorce and remarriage, especially for those in positions of leadership), it is an indication that the denomination will slide further into apostasy and further away from the Bible as an objective standard of faith and practice. In the years since the Presbyterian Church in Canada decided to ordain women, the PCC has had a female moderator. As late as 1998, the PCC prohibited sodomite and lesbian ministers and refused to license them; that ban was lifted at the church's 2012 assembly. The issue of supporting same sex unions and clergy with same-sex partners was referred to a committee in 2017, but the PCC will inevitably cave in to the demands of the alphabet perverts.

So-called Evangelical churches such as the Christian & Missionary Alliances are now ordaining women, and allowing them to preach and to become senior pastors under certain circumstances (one of these days I'll do a long-overdue post on this). When you're heading in the same direction as the liberals, you're going to end up in the same place, and it won't end well.

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