The Telegraph has a some comments from the Bishop of Manchester on the vote on women bishops within the Church of England, which is going ahead today. Should the vote fail:
“It would be a devastating blow to the morale of people across the Church of England.
“It would be a devastating blow to the morale not least of our female clergy.
“It would be a major deterrent to continuing to attract into the ordained ministry able women – and many able men too.
It would also, in my view, do real harm to the credibility and mission of the Church of England to the people of this nation.
“They simply wouldn’t understand.
So that seems to be everyone’s feelings considered apart from the Living Lord God.
Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. – 1 Timothy 2:11-13
And what is God’s answer to those who seek to shape their ministry on the voices of others rather than on His Word?
But you have turned aside from the way. You have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of hosts, and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do not keep my ways but show partiality in your instruction. – Malachi 2:8-9