Today, the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, with a membership of about 68,000, in an area comprising Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties, released the following statement.
Members of the Southeastern California Conference Executive Committee voted on March 25 to adopt a document affirming the important, positive role of women in ministry. They took this action in response to a sermon preached by Doug Batchelor on February 6, 2010, at the Sacramento Central Seventh-day Adventist church in California.
Written in a spirit of Christian dialogue, the statement has been sent to Pastor Batchelor. A copy is posted here in the hope that it will be instructive and helpful for those considering the important issue of women in ministry.
Seven pages in length, with a discussion of 10 major relevant Bible texts, the statement includes sections entitled:
- Failure to Show a Christian Spirit of Grace
- Failure to Respect Colleagues and Church Authority
- Failure to Use Responsible Principles of Biblical Interpretation
- Failure to Hold to Strict Canons of Logic