The above short video was an urgent and humble appeal by General Conference President Ted N.C. Wilson to the Columbia Union Conference NOT to proceed to vote itself into opposition to the world church (which it did afterwards). Nevertheless, as the North Pacific Union Conference Executive Committee prepares to meet February 18-20, 2013, this is important food for thought for each and every member. The NPUC Supporting Pastors urgently desire that the NPUC avoid the disunity and shame of insubordination that would result from similar independent action. We are part of a world church. We respectfully request that the NPUC decision to hold a special constituency meeting be rescinded (ed. note: The NPUC executive committee has indicated that there will indeed be a similar special constituency meeting about February 2015).

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  1. Dear Eld. Wilson:

    Of all the latest tricks that certain rebels and traitors within the rank of the SDA church itself have perpetrated in order to promote the worldly Pepuzian heresy of Women’s Ordination, this one is the most interesting of all:

    Jim Walters, writing in an Adventist Today blog said:

    General Conference President Ted Wilson’s dramatic opposition to women’s ordination at the last Fall Council of world church leaders has backfired, and an equality that has been obvious to the children of darkness for decades is now being embraced by the children of light.

    I find it interesting that he attributes in part what some call “rebellion” to the present General Conference President. For different reasons, I was coming to the conclusion that GC President, Ted Wilson may be the spark that ignited the female ordination fire. Elder Wilson has an interesting background on this issue.

    It is widely reported that women have been excluded from some levels of spiritual leadership under his leadership. I do not know of the accuracy of this report. I do know that it was at the time when he was co-chair of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries; females were endorsed and began service as military chaplains. This is an important fact. If it is also true that females were generally excluded from some levels of spiritual leadership that were under his control it probably revels his personal beliefs, and makes a statement as to his leadership style.

    On the issue of his leadership, it is widely reported that Wilson is committed to the advice Ellen White gave that leaders should not exercise “kingly power.” In other words, Elder Wilson is seen by some to be a leader who does not attempt to force his personal beliefs and views upon an unwilling audience. But, it should be noted that he is seen to be willing to exercise power in the selection of committees that make decisions. He is believed to have shown that he can place people on committees and controlling boards who have views with which he concurs.

    I will suggest that it is from this perspective that astute leaders have decided that this is the time to bring the issue of female ordination to a decision. To wait for a Biblical study committee and the next General Conference may very well be a time when people will be in place who are likely to believe that women should be restricted in spiritual leadership.

    From the perspective of current events in this area, it very well may be the legacy of Elder Ted Wilson may be that he has some responsibility for setting events in motion that resulted in female ordination and opening up to the higher positions of spiritual leadership.

    Let us watch how this develops.

    Most important of all is this claim: “I do know that it was at the time when he was co-chair of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries; females were endorsed and began service as military chaplains.” They say that when you were the co-chair of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries, you freely allowed and endorsed women serving as military chaplains. Now is that true for false?

    Juan Jeanniton


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