Challenging a church practice/policy is NOT sin, especially when the a group like TOSC concludes that the question of ordination is NOT Biblical. I believe it is cruel to even imply that questioning one’s church is sin! Challenging a GC policy cannot rightly be considered a sin.
Ellen and James White challenged their Methodist Church and were driven away! Was that sin? Of course not. Why would Ellen say “the greatest want of the world is the want of men who will stand for the right (question, challenge) though the heavens fall”? The heavens may fall for those questioning the authoritarianism of Ted and his team, but we are called to question rather than blindly comply.
What I wonder is why Ted Wilson seems to have no Christlike pastoral heart. Far too many are being alienated from the church now because of Ted’s authoritarian practice. Remember the parable of the good Shepherd? He is not emulating that. The good shepherd did not set up tribunals. The good shepherd did not even infer that, “this may be the beginning of the shaking time, and perhaps I’m called to lead the church through that. So if this sheep questioned (“strayed”) that’s to be expected.” Consider this old song:
There were ninety and nine that safely lay
In the shelter of the flock,
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off in the cold and dark;
Away on the mountains wild and bare,
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.
“Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine;
Are they not enough for Thee?”
But the Shepherd made answer: “This of Mine
Has wandered away from Me;
And although the road be rough and steep,
I go to the desert to find My sheep.”
But none of the ransomed ever knew
How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night which the Lord passed through
Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Out in the bleak desert He heard its cry—
All bleeding and helpless, and ready to die.
“Lord, whence are those blood-drops all the way
That mark out the mountain’s track?”
“They were shed for one who had gone astray
Ere the Shepherd could bring him back.”
“Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn?”
“They’re pierced tonight by many a thorn.”
And all through the mountains, thunder-riven,
And up from the rocky steep,
There arose a cry to the gate of heaven,
“Rejoice! I have found My sheep!”
And the angels echoed around the throne,
“Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!”