Opposition to Female Pastors in Church of Finland Becoming Stricter
A small group of male clergy in the Lutheran Church of Finland are more loudly voicing opposition to women in the pulpit as female clergy grow in number.
More than one third of all clergy in Finlandâ€™s largest church body are women and female pastors are expected to outnumber male clergy by 2015, according to Agence France-Presse.
"In 1986 we organized the work in a way so that conflicts were avoided, but now that the number of women ordained is sharply increasing, it's not possible anymore," Archbishop Jukka Paarma told AFP....
Yep....this is one of the problems in the liberalism of the Luth Church in Finland. One woman told me, "We live in the age of grace so the church can have women pastors!" One said the issue is based on the politicalism ties with the WCC; Some in the revival groups that are umbrelled under the Luth Church have mixed feelings...many men priests will not work with women priests and this has caused problems..some say it is no problem
Jim from Nebraska mentioned that Finland needs missionaries from Bible believing churches....that seems to be no problem because many are joining the Free Church or Pentecostal, and some to the Orthodox. There is a movement in Finland that some priests believe that there should be no State ties. Time will tell on these issues.
Women have there places in church as teachers, etc...but the question is being a "priest".
They should have listen to my pastor this morning, he really attacked the idea of women pastors. An excerpt from the article about this oxymoron,"Conflicts on the issue has contributed to a drop in the denominationâ€™s membership. The majority of the population has membership in the Lutheran Church of Finland, but the denomination has dropped from 90 percent in the 1950s to 82.4 percent of Finland's 5.3 million inhabitants."
Finland sounds like a missionary area for Bible believing churches. For those who can't wait to here my pastor's message on on this, which will probably be up at the end of week at,