To all who are disturbed by the statement published by Dr John Kleinig, ‘Why I Changed My Mind’
"According to Dr John Kleinig, had I come to faith as a result of the teaching of these pastors, Christ who does not recognise the teaching of these women, would not recognise me. Indeed, even by persisting in faithfully worshipping and being active in their congregations, I, along with their destructive ‘works’, am destroyed, ruined, and ultimately condemned.
Am I condemned? The answer is a resounding ‘no!’ As a Lutheran raised in the LCA I can state this with confidence and here is why."
In my home congregation in Washington, DC, I weekly hear the Gospel preached by Pastor Karen Brau, a third generation Lutheran pastor, with a profound understanding of grace and a passion for the spiritual growth of her parishioners. In South Africa at St Peters Lutheran Church in Pretoria, on sabbatical I again heard the Gospel preached weekly by Pastor Heike, a much-loved, hard-working shepherd of a growing English-language predominantly indigenous South African community, equally loved by the aging non-indigenous German-language congregation. According to Dr John Kleinig, had I come to faith as a result of the teaching of these pastors, Christ who does not recognise the teaching of these women, would not recognise me. Indeed, even by persisting in faithfully worshipping and being active in their congregations, I, along with their destructive ‘works’, am destroyed, ruined, and ultimately condemned.
Women as religious leaders in the bible and early Christian writings
This resource cites references from the Bible, early Christian writings, and archeology, of women in leading positions. It was first published by Religious Tolerance.
The distinction between law and gospel is a hermeneutical touchstone
Those who advocate the ordination of men and women and have formulated the Resolutions put forward by St Peters believe that these Resolutions are in harmony with The Augsburg Confession Articles IV, V and VI. They also emphasize the connection between the work of the Holy Trinity and the office of the ministry. They distinguish between Law and Gospel when applying 1 Cor 14:33b-38 and 1 Tim 2: 11-14 to the life of the LCA and do so in the light of the doctrine of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. They propose nothing at all that is contrary to the Lutheran Confessions. They are also respectful of the LCA Constitutional processes which are synodical.
Do the confessions prohibit the ordination of women?
The writers of the Augsburg Confession and Apology of the Augsburg Confession1 strongly articulated the view that all church practice should be normed, measured ‘in harmony with the Gospel of Christ’ (Apology vii,viii:5).
The ordination of women in the LCA? A positive answer
In recent history the question of whether also women may be ordained in the Lutheran Church of Australia has been debated within the Commission on Theology and Inter-Church Relations (CITCR) for over a decade.
The woman at the well
Does the traditional reading still hold water?
My interest in the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well of Sychar has been aroused by the current debate on the ordination of women in the Lutheran Church of Australia.