This is Part 2 of a two-part study. If you have not read Part 1, you can do so by clicking here.
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31.
After God made male and female He tells us how everything turned out in the above verse. It was all “very good.” God created man and woman each in His own image, each with the same value and each with different roles. God described this order as “very good.”
Feminism, in all of its manifestations, is incompatible with this divine plan and therefore is incompatible with the Bible. The ultimate aim of feminism is to destroy the God-given role of husbands and fathers. As we clearly saw in Part 1, husbands and fathers have been established by God to be the leaders in their homes. God designed this order from the beginning of human existence in the book of Genesis. Later in Exodus, Moses very clearly tells us that men continued being the heads of the households in the nation of Israel:
“These be the heads of their fathers’ houses: The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel; Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi: these be the families of Reuben. And the sons of Simeon … Levi … ” (Exodus 6:14-25).
As heads of their households, the men of Israel were required by God to bless (Genesis 27:27); love (Genesis 37:4); command (Genesis 50:16); rebuke (Genesis 34:30); instruct (Deuteronomy 6:6, 7); and provide (Genesis 45:7, 11) for their families. This order was good and in accordance with God’s will.
Even though the modern feminist movement is completely hostile to this divine order, this is what God established, not man. It was fair, lest we say that God is unfair. Feminist believe that having strong, godly men as family leaders is destructive and discriminatory towards women. But God’s word still says it was “very good.”
A home that has this kind of family structure will be a “very good” home. A marriage that has this kind of husband will have a “very good” marriage. A church that follows these biblical principles for leadership will be a “very good” church, as we shall see.
There is an order that should exist in every home, one that is built upon love, respect, order and discipline. This is God’s plan for the family. When this order is destroyed society begins to collapse. Why? Because all of our institutions, churches, governments and societies are made up of families. When the family begins to crumble, the breakdown of civilization is sure to follow.
There is an ongoing war that is pushing for the feminization of men and boys. Feminists have declared war against men and masculinity. They want to either completely eliminate godly, male leadership or replace them with effeminate, weak, wimpy boys. It’s a war to tear down God’s divine will for our families and churches.  They want to exchange God’s appointed authority figures (husband/fathers) to a system of anarchy where every man, woman and child does whatever is right in their own eyes.
What About Church Order and Ordination?
The same God-appointed male-leadership that existed in the home was carried over into the church. Our Creator instituted ordination. It is a biblical concept, not a cultural construct. Man didn’t invent ordination just as man didn’t invent the church, the Sabbath day, family or holy matrimony.
Paul clearly tells us that the “fathers” (patriarchs) were in charge of administrating the “covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises.” (Romans 9:3-5). This is unmistakably clear. No one needs to err on this subject. From the beginning of time it was the patriarchs (fathers) who were ordained to officiate in the sacrificial system and in the “service” of God in their households. It was still this way when Paul wrote his letter to the Romans.
The First Ordination in the Bible
This is the first official ordination service, complete with the anointing of oil and the laying on of hands, and was performed by Moses. Moses didn’t come up with the rules by himself. He actually followed “the thing which the LORD commanded to be done” (Leviticus 8:5).
God commanded Moses to “take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil” (Leviticus 8:1, 2) and to bring out the Levites before the Lord and to “put their hands upon” them (Numbers 8:10). The Levites were to “execute the service of the Lord” (Numbers 8:11).
Moses took the anointing oil and “sprinkled it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons” (Leviticus 8:30). This Leviticus and Numbers account is consistent with God’s instructions found the book of Exodus:
“And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother (not sister) and his sons (not daughters) with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.” Exodus 28:1.
Jesus Ordained 12 Men at the Church’s Founding
Jesus also agreed that the original system of church government was good when He ordained 12 men at the founding of His church. Jesus didn’t change the order, but followed the original plan for ordination: “I come to do thy will, O God.” Hebrews 10:9. It was Jesus who was leading the children of Israel and giving them instructions for the priesthood (Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-3).
This is the order He established in His church. Christ followed the same Biblical model found in the Old Testament when He organized the Christian Church by ordaining “men” into apostolic ministry. It is an indisputable fact that Jesus ordained 12 men to become apostles (ministers). The Biblical principles for ordination are consistent in both the Old and New Testaments. Here are the names of the 12 men from God’s word:
“And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils: and Simon he surnamed Peter; and James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, the sons of thunder: and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.” Mark 3:14-19.
The Apostles Ordained Men
The apostles, who were ordained by Jesus, continued in the example established by Christ for ordination. When they were about to find a replacement for Judas, who had committed suicide, they looked for a “man” who had the following qualifications:
“Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection…And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.” Acts 1:21, 22, 26.
There were several women who were more than qualified to take up that responsibility. But the apostles never even considered ordaining a woman. They did a survey of all of the “men” who had been with Christ from the very beginning. They weren’t discriminating against women, because everyone had equal value in God’s eyes; but not everyone has been given the same responsibility.
The Ordination of Deacons
The 12 apostles later called the church and asked them to find 7 men who they could ordain by the “laying on of hands.”
“Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business…Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.” Acts 6:2, 3, 6.
The Ordination of Paul and Barnabas
The first Christian church was located in Antioch, and its leadership consisted of apostles, prophets, elders and teachers. They obeyed the voice of the Holy Spirit and ordained Paul and Barnabas, two men, into the gospel ministry by the “laying on of hands.”
“Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.” Acts 13:1-3.
The Ordination of Timothy
Paul reminded Timothy that his ordination came “through the laying on of my hands” (Timothy 1:6). Timothy had obtained the “gift” of ordination into the gospel ministry by the “laying on of hands” from the “presbytery” (1 Timothy 4:14). This “presbytery” was a council of elders of which Paul was a member.
Role Reversal – Eve the First Feminist, Adam the First Absentee Leader
It was Adam’s absence in leadership and Eve’s attempt to usurp his authority that was the basis for Paul’s famous commentary in 1 Timothy 2:11-14. Paul’s conclusion that women were not allowed to have authority over the church was not cultural but based on the situation of Adam and Eve before the Fall:
“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” 1 Timothy 2:11-14.
It was Eve who made the family/church decision to eat the fruit. It was Eve who assumed the provider’s role by bringing home the forbidden fruit for Adam to eat. It was Eve who placed the fruit in Adam’s hand. It was Eve who usurped Adam’s authority and failed to consult with him. And it was weak, wimpy Adam who relinquished his God-given authority and went along with Eve’s feminist movement. The feminist agenda is clear. It seeks the social and ecclesiastical destruction of male leadership.
“Eve had been perfectly happy by her husband’s side in her Eden home; but, like restless modern Eves, she was flattered with the hope of entering a higher sphere than that which God had assigned her. In attempting to rise above her original position, she fell far below it. A similar result will be reached by all who are unwilling to take up cheerfully their life duties in accordance with God’s plan. In their efforts to reach positions for which He has not fitted them, many are leaving vacant the place where they might be a blessing. In their desire for a higher sphere, many have sacrificed true womanly dignity and nobility of character, and have left undone the very work that Heaven appointed them” (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 59).
It’s Not Biblical
“You must bring your creed to the Bible and let the light of the Bible define your creed and show where it comes short and where the difficulty is. The Bible is to be your standard, the living oracles of Jehovah are to be your guide” (Faith and Works, p. 77).
If Seventh-day Adventists would follow this principle they would have to abandon the futile mission of trying to ordain women to the gospel ministry. All the biblical evidence shows that women’s ordination with the laying on of hands into the pastoral ministry is inconsistent and incompatible with God’s word. It’s just not biblical.
The conference presidents who are ordaining women are promoting a policy that is completely opposed to our Christian faith and to church history. When they invoked the name of God through prayer during their women’s ordination service, they do not call upon the true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They are praying to an imaginary god that was created by the feminist movement – a god that doesn’t exist in the Bible, but a god who exists only in their own imagination. In truth, they are calling upon the false god that tempted Eve in the garden.
Women’s ordination has one serious problem. It’s called a “Bible” problem. There is no biblical command or example in all of the Holy Scriptures to support women’s ordination because it is part of the feminist movement. Feminism seeks to undermine the authority of the scriptures. They want us to reject the unique biblical roles that God created for men and women. Whenever you open the door for unbiblical teaching to come into the church you establish a precedent for more dangers and deadly errors to come in – like the LGBT+ agenda.
“Error is never harmless. It never sanctifies, but always brings confusion and dissension. It is always dangerous. The enemy has great power over minds that are not thoroughly fortified by prayer and established in Bible truth.” (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 292).