Honesty and Consistency

Honesty and Consistency

Kerryn sent me a link to Pastor Wade Burleson’s blog regarding being intellectually honest and consistent in our beliefs.

Grace and Truth to You: A Call for Intellectual Honesty and Consistency

Why are so many quick to condemn women Pastors or women bible teachers and not follow through with the same check list that they have created? Do they also see gifted male Pastors as being in sin if these male Pastors are not married? Do you also see godly men as sinning against God if they become Pastors before they have had children? If one is to be consistent in charging sin against a woman Pastor, then one must also charge unmarried or married but with no children, male Pastors. The link above is a good read and sparks some good food for thought especially in reading those who condemn women as sinning against God merely because they are teaching and preaching to the full body of Christ.

Thoughts?

7 thoughts on “Honesty and Consistency

  1. I believe a person can be a believer and also be a Roman Catholic, an Eastern Orthodox, a Evangelical, or a Messianic Jew; yet these groups believe some very different things and even they are not monolithic on some things. There is a tendency to claim a “my way or the highway” method of interpretation, would it not just be simpler if everyone agreed with me?

    I believe this temptation should be resisted.

    Another point is that Jesus was CONSISTENTLY making people uncomfortable in some way by breaking their paradigms. If I am not changed by attending a church and studying the Bible, what is the point? Do I really think I know it all from the get go? The life of a believer is to be characterized by repentance, as one learns of one’s hidden sins.

  2. Don,

    Wade’s article deals mostly with grace regarding side issues. This is the struggle that many have in accepting other believers as brothers and sisters in Christ but who share different beliefs on the side issues. Yet in the fundamentals we need to hold tight without wavering. As far as there being believers in the Roman Catholic faith, etc, in my field of apologetics I have seen people who appear to be true Christians but they are this way in spite of the RC religion, not because of it. There are too many deviations from the essentials that cause people to be devoted to a form of religion and pulled away from a pure faith in Jesus.

  3. Cheryl,

    I’m a little behind due to attending a pastor’s conference the last few days, but I finally got ’round to reading your post under Wade’s blog article. You presented a truly excellent challenge for consistency my sister!

  4. Thank you Dusman. Consistency is the key and those who do not allow women to minister should be asked to answer to their inconsistent use of scripture. I believe that truth is always consistent.

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