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Why women shouldn't be ordained


The Rev. Dr. John W. Kleinig of the Lutheran Church of Australia- a former advocate of women's ordination- explains why he changed his mind.

The North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) are two new denominations born after the ELCA's renunciation of Scripture and the entire Christian consensus concerning homosexuality. Both- influenced heavily by sentiment and cultural considerations, and never really exposed to the arguments to the contrary- promptly embraced both women's ordination and the equally unbiblical policy of open communion, unknowingly justifying these practices by pretty much the same unsound process by which the ELCA had decided to ordain and "marry" homosexuals and lesbians. In fact, the use of Scripture by these denomination's- composed by people seeking nothing other than to be faithful Christians, and not sufficiently exposed to the other sides of these issues to be aware of the problem- often shows so many signs of sloppy, unconscious ELCA-type eisegesis where exegesis is called for to make we wonder how long it they'll be able to hold off the pressure to join the ELCA and the PCUSA and the other denominations which have decided to eisegete their way out of the biblical and Christian position on homosexuality as well.

Exegesis, it should be noted, is the process of studying a passage for the purpose of drawing meaning from it that its author(s) intended. Eisegesis, on the other hand, is the process of injecting alien meaning into a text, forcing upon it whatever meaning the interpreter would like it to have.

Antonin Scalia is an exegete of American law. Ruth Bader Ginsberg is an eisegete.

Will the NALC and the LCMC merely be smaller, less frenetic versions of the ELCA in ten years? Twenty? It all depends on their willingness to follow Dr. Kleinig's example, and do some exegesis where eisegesis would be the easiest and most natural path.

Oh. And before anybody even says it, Galatians 3:28 does not address the issue. It addresses justification, not ordination- and it's just not intellectually honest to dismiss texts which refer specifically to the matter under discussion in favor of a text referring to an entirely different topic.

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