If I redefine your use of “body” to mean the entire body of the church, the body of Christ, then he’s really fighting most all of the body of Christ, at least the SDA part of it.
- Only 10% of the church thinks the GC in session should vote on this.
- A whopping 75% of the church overall supports WO.
- Even in developing nations, 63% support it.
Taking into account the party line voters, who will tend to tell surveyors they support the more conservative position out of a misplaced sense of duty or guilt, the real/informed support for it is probably actually lower.
It seems clear that the body of Christ is more progressive than the church management, which is tragic. Jesus was a progressive, teaching something new and better. That spirit should be retained in His followers. Church leadership should push ideals that are better than societal norms, the best reflection of Jesus’ teachings possible. Among them is that we are all equal in God’s eyes and that the Holy Spirit gives us each gifts.
This should be a wake up call to Ted Wilson to join us all in the 21st century and give it up: Few think banning women from full church service is right. I suspect if you run the survey again in a year, even fewer will. And the year after that, and the year after that.