As GC Session Nears - God is in Control

As GC Session Nears - God is in Control

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The above expression has almost become a cliché for Christians. However, the expression is more. It is a statement of confidence, hope and assurance of knowing that God is alive, and genuinely has the interest of all His people and His church under His control.
 
The 60th General Conference Session
As the Seventh-day Adventist Church embarks upon its 60th General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, it will be confronted with several major decisions relating to the Fundamental Beliefs of the church, resolution on the Holy Bible, confidence in the writings of Ellen White and amendments to the Church Manual. However, it would seem that the main item would be the following question: “Is it acceptable for division executive committees, as they may deem it appropriate in their territories, to make provision for the ordination of women to the gospel ministry? Yes or No.
 
Cause for Much Debate
Without question, the latter item has generated much discussion and debate. Some members foresee a division should there be a “yes” vote and “a break away” if there is a “no” vote. This perception has led to individuals becoming proactive in contacting delegates by emails and other means, ensuring their position is advanced. Employing scriptures and the writings of Ellen White, they seek to prove why their position is correct and should be embraced. The feeling is that the Theology of Ordination Study Committee (TOSC) should have arrived at their position conclusively. However, the group came to 3 conclusions: one saying “no” to women ordination, another saying “yes” to women ordination and a 3rd position, while reaffirming male headship, is not opposed to the ordination of women if it is to promote unity and advance the mission of the church. Nevertheless, how does the church relate to a post decision reaction once the vote is taken?
 
Towards Unity
In this regard, one may find a presentation by Pastor Mark Finley to the 2014 Autumn Council of the General Conference to be most fitting. Under the caption “Toward Unity in the Body of Christ,” Mark referenced three examples in the book of Acts regarding the manner and response of the early church to settling issues. They are replacing Judas in Acts 1, relating to an apparent neglect of the Jewish Greek widows in Acts 6 and the matter of Gentile conversion in Acts 15. As a result, he observed five essentials that held the church together.
1. Total commitment to Christ. 2. Dependence on the continual guidance of the Holy Spirit.
3. Faithful obedience to the Word of God. 4. Passionate proclamation of a prophetic message. 5. Recognition of the authority of church organization. 
 
Concluding the Matter
Given the attitude of the early church members, current members and delegates may wish to reapply the same principles as the 60th session of the GC kicks off, remembering that God never ceases to be in control. It is crucial that personal position be open to the way that God may choose to lead His church. It behooves the body of Christ to continue to pray sincerely for the will of God to be done; and that the church continues to fulfill its mission in light of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14.