Our denomination’s miserable misogyny is despicable in this 21st century when mutiple countries have elected women presidents and prime ministers ( and we are soon to have our own female president when Biden’s increasing cognitive decline demands it ).
The United Methodist church has been ordaining their clergywomen since 1956. The American Episcopal church was headed by a woman Bishop from 2006-2016.
And although Adventists voted to approve female elders in 1990, many congregations do not allow their female members this privilege.
One such congregation I would visit while on vacation was doing a huge renovation to their church building and obviously needed financial help. Since that year, I was flush with stock market winnings I was about to write a huge check to assist their project. First I asked a random woman member if their congregation allowed women elders. Her response was so vehemently negative— my check book immediately closed. Why would I give financial support to a church that practiced misogyny??
I am informed that our GC president, who should be setting a high ethical tone for his members to emulate, forbids female elders in the congregation of which he is a member !
When our leader is a miserable misogynist, how can our denomination expect to thrive in this modern world ?
The headship doctrine tacitly encourages men to physically abuse their wives. ( Wives SUBMIT yourselves to your husbands ).
Another large Adventist church I attended had a very upscale congregation consisting of professional people, many with graduate degrees. One Sabbath, the unordained female pastor preached a sermon condemning wife beating. I later asked her with some astonishment, why she thought this sermon was necessary in such an educated congregation.
She informed me that at the end of the service, as she greeted parishioners at the church door, numerous tear stained women hugged her —- they had clearly been victims of their husband’s physical violence !
This headship,doctrine is abjectly abominable, and egregious and is the cause of the exodus many of our younger members.