Monday, 24 December 2012


This letter appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Not for us to modernise what the Bible teaches
When I read Ronald Mupfeki's letter "Women's Role in the Church" (Mailbox, December 17), I felt I had to write to support the view he expressed.
I, too, have been watching with interest as the General Synod got in a proper pickle over the matter. Is it really true that one of the bishops said that they would keep on voting until they got the right result? How self-righteous can you get?
The Bible verse at 2 Tim 3:16 makes it clear that the scriptures are inspired of Almighty God and are beneficial for teaching, reproving and setting things straight.
So Mr Mupfeki is spot on when he says the Bible tells us that bishops should be men.
That being the case, what are the current crop of bishops thinking of when they promote the idea of women bishops. Do they really know better than God?
If Almighty God has determined, in his wisdom, that men only should be bishops, by what authority do they seek to change that ruling.
Do they really think that they have greater intellect than the Most High Personage of the Universe?
The idea that "times have changed" and that "it would be more in keeping with modern life" really doesn't cut it.
The verse at Romans 15:4 tells us that, "all things written aforetime were written for our instruction", and if we think about wise King Solomon, while he did things God's way, he prospered, but when he turned away from God's guidance things went horribly wrong for him.
While God granted us free will, we are also answerable for our actions. Can we see the similarity?
Having said all that, it's true to say that women are held in great regard by our Creator and His son.
It was a woman to whom Jesus chose to appear first after his resurrection and, when we read in Ephesians 5, how the Christian husband is directed to treat his wife, then we can have no doubt as to the respect in which women are held within the Christian arrangement.
Time and time again the Church leaders have surrounded themselves with controversy when they try to modernise by going against the Bible that they are supposed to view as their Holy Book.
Perhaps they don't believe what the Bible says. With all this in mind, I am watching, with interest, the outcome of the matter relating to gay marriage.
Keith Coleman, Ashby

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