Should Women be Ordained in the Pentecostal Churches? Essay
In this paper, I will describe the ecclesiological problem of women’s ordination from a case study that I observed in Berlin, Germany. I wish to claim that the issue of excluding women from ordination is a result of a sociological contrivance that oppresses women. The churches safeguard the issue under the canopy of theological claims. It is appropriate for the churches, which exclude women from ordained ministry, revisit this problem theologically. In this essay, I will exploit the issue using the Wesleyan quadrilateral approach for the analysis. I hope to submit a systematic and an intelligible argument that explains why the …show more content…
On Friday afternoon during general assembly Dr. Niki Cerela, an anthropologist and assistant professor of Africana Studies at a State University, presented a paper on the churches of the Aladura in Africa. According to the presentation, women of the Aladura are not allowed into the fellowship during menstrual period. This ruling is their Christian interpretation of Leviticus’ temple laws (See Lev. 11-15).
Any preaching Aladuran woman can minister to the congregation but only during their permitted time to enter the congregation. Therefore, the preaching women exercise their gifts in the villages away from the church setting when they are menstruating. They might be approved to speak in the church when they are not menstruating. Women, furthermore, might become ordained ministers only after menopause, according to the presentation.
Dr. Cerela’s presentation commented on the church’s unique, seemingly oppressive views on women and the ministry within the policies of the Aladuran church. This presentation sparked flames of responses all over the conference room. Some were from the leaders of the Aladuran church who sought to justify their policies. We were a bit surprised that in the midst was the current Prima, son of the late founder of the movement, from the Nigerian Church of the Aladura. Others were particularly