Doug Batchelor, no matter your view of him, is a powerful preacher, and has brought many people to Christ. He's an effective evangelist. But something goes wrong when you get blinded by an issue, rather than the mission. And for all his understanding of scripture, his sermon on women's ordination was drivel.
This happened a few years ago with Samuele Bacchiocchi. A wonderful scholar doing some great work in the world on presenting the validity of the seventh-day Sabbath. Then he heard some music at an Adventist camp he did not like. So he wrote a book on the topic of appropriate church music, and all his scholarly skills and rules went out the window. Again, not his best work at best - drivel at worst.
When you are blinded by an issue - meaning you can see nothing around, in front, or beyond it - you can not be of value in a study on the issue. And yesterday, the General Conference announced who would be on the committee to study ordination. And yes, Doug Batchelor is on it.
But don't worry - so is everyone else! In fact, I count 95 members on the committee. (Click here to download the list). I am not sure how in anyway this can be a useful committee. It took 2 and half years to form it (and I suspect without the actions of three unions voting to ordain women, would still be being formed), and all we have is a list of people with views on the subject.
I'm not as bitter as this little rant might suggest. I simply once again suspect that church policy and direction (and leadership) will not come from our leaders. And perhaps this is how it works best. Let them have their committees and their votes. But let those of us in church, and living and working in our communities, not lose sight of what we are really about - so fear not, and show Jesus to someone today. (btw - if you're a woman, you are invited to join in with this too ;-)