Letters to the Editor: Female ordination against Scripture

Regarding “Women of the Cloth,” (July 13 CNJ):
Mary Magdalene was at Christ’s crucifixion, his open tomb and first to witness the risen Jesus. And Jesus sent her to his disciples. She’s fascinating as are many women of the Bible.

Alvin Schmidt’s “How Christianity Changed the World,” explains how Judeo-Christianity revolutionized equality of both genders in a world opposing this. Those saying the Bible puts down women are naive. Biblical women are courageous examples of faith.

God created gender granting equality and distinctions. When a man and woman marry, they don’t flip a coin to see who has the first baby.

In Scripture and church history (4,000 years), the office of “priest” falls to men. Abraham constructed altars and offered sacrifice — not Sarah. From Moses to 70 A.D., men served as “priests.” Since Christ and the early church, women served on many worthy levels, but men publicly officiated corporate worship.

What would Luther or Calvin say about this “women ordination” phenomenon?

The CNJ quoted Bonita Knox saying women ordination is “not much of a problem.” The unspoken “problem” is that this 20th century agenda is Scripturally inconsistent.

Biblical references for gender equality include Galatians 3:28 and 1 Peter 2:9. Great passages, but there’s also 1 Corinthians 14 and I Timothy 2.

Women in church always accomplish what needs to be done. But women leading corporate worship indicates men abdicating their God-given responsibility.

Men, by nature, want women — besides bearing their children — to wash their clothes, cook their food, clean house, earn pay checks and oversee spiritual stuff.

Today most mainline denomination seminarian students are women. Should the church encourage men to assume spiritual responsibility in home and church?

Most see no problem with women ordination.

But when is truth and sound doctrine decided by the majority?

Scott Blazek
Clovis

Gas prices unusually high for this part of country
This letter is in response to our gas prices in Clovis.
On Friday, Texico gas prices were $2.999 per gallon, while Farwell was at $2.749.

I can’t understand why our businesses here in Clovis are still charging $3.19 and more.

Clovis retailers should be ashamed of the prices they are charging for gas.

I went to West Virginia three weeks ago and we crossed six states to get there. New Mexico’s prices were the highest. In 42 years of going back home, this was the first time West Virginia offered cheaper gas than New Mexico — from $2.74 to $2.99.
Something needs to be done.

Linda Adkins
Clovis