It comes as no surprise that the Pacific Union Conference at its September 9 meeting has voted to continue its rebellion against the world church and its own bylaws that do not allow for the ordination of women. In 2012 the union's constituency attempted to amend their bylaws but that vote failed.
Kept under wraps, the decision was announced through the PUC's magazine, The Recorder. "The committee pledged its support for its female pastors and said it would continue to abide by the union constituency’s 2012 mandate to ‘approve ordinations to the gospel ministry without regard to gender.’ The committee also asked the union officers in collaboration with the union communication department, to craft a strong statement in support of women clergy and to create a comprehensive strategy for educating local church members about the practical implications of the 2012 Pacific Union and 2015 General Conference votes, as well as church structure and authority."
La Sierra University continues to be a leader in the rebellion against, God, the Bible, and His church. Its "senior pastor", Chris Oberg, a female, is worried about church members not understanding what the union has done. "The message isn't getting to the people in the pews." Sonora pastor, Nathan Renner is concerned about the need for the leadership in the union to clearly communicate the reality that "women can be elders, pastors, etc." He expressed "the faster" this is done, "the better".
There are many church members in the PUC that do not agree with the rebellion as indicated by the failure of the rebellious union to amend its bylaws in 2012. But, there are many church members in the union that support the rebellion. There is a division in the church that was predicted many years ago. There is "a shaking" taking place and it is good to understand that many will leave the organized church. It is a painful process, but the church will be purified.
Some will turn back, but many have set their feet in concrete, and that concrete is beginning to harden. La Sierra ought to have been cut loose from the church long ago. Ricardo Graham and the leaders of the PUC are responsible for allowing such an institution to degrade to where it is today. There is a great need in the church to begin to stand with those who are standing on the gospel of grace. We must discover who it is that is teaching the truth and then let us "press together" as we near the end.