"Scripture never suggests an ordained woman is in danger of losing her salvation"
“It is not a sin to be a woman.”
“They can do the job.”The first two are remarkable for answering arguments that nobody ever made. That is what we call setting up straw men. The third is remarkable for demonstrating ignorance about the very nature of Holy Orders, beginning with the idea that sacred ministry is merely a job. I will deal with this last one first.
In fact, the very kind of men whom St. Paul dismisses as potential candidates for ordained ministry, when writing to Timothy and to Titus, can also "do the job." Can a woman "do the job?" Frankly, that depends on what one means by "the job." She can lead prayers, and she can go through the motions of sacramental ministry. She may even preach a fine sermon (with all due respect to Dr. Johnson). What she cannot do is perform the priestly ministry of Christ within his Church, as we have already seen. And, even for those who understand ordained ministry differently from us, it remains a fact relevant to both their understanding and ours, that no woman has even the potential to be the husband of one wife, or head of a household. And, the need for this is clearly set forth by an honest reading of I Timothy chapter three.
Furthermore, if a woman has to perform a man's role in order to have any real ministry (and I Corinthians 12 teaches clearly that the whole Body of Christ has gifts for ministry), the Church will be deprived of the gifts God has given to her for our benefit. It is no coincidence that the same apostate Anglican bodies that embraced the so-called "Gospel of Thomas" (the author of which is as likely to have been Danny Thomas as the Apostle Thomas) have eliminated the true ministry of women, including the elimination of the role of deaconess. By trying to force women into the priestly ministry reserved for men, that is the three orders, they have lived down to the teaching of that gnostic book, that ends with this verse:
"Simon Peter said to them, 'Make Mary leave us, for females don't deserve life.' Jesus said, 'Look, I will guide her to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every female who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of Heaven.'"
That seems to be what the Episcopalians and other non-Traditional Anglicans have decided to live by.
Now, about the first two quotations above, it is disingenuous at best to answer the argument never made. Furthermore, it is easier than having to grapple with sacramental theology. A far more intelligent statement was made by the chairman of Forward in Faith, North America (FiF/NA), Bishop Keith Ackerman of Quincy, writing in response to the Jerusalem Declaration:
"Under the providence of God, our advocacy has borne fruit. It must continue so long as the disputed issues are under consideration. But at the same time, we must begin to develop pastoral and ecclesial structures, so as to take the place as a fully orthodox ecclesial body now opened to us by the formation of the new province for which we have so long prayed and worked."
For some reason this remark has come under fire from some of my friends. That is a shame, because I know for a fact that at the top of the "disputed issues" list is the "ordination" of women. This was written in his formal capacity for FiF/NA. When the bishop writes, "our advocacy has borne fruit," he means, specifically, FiF's advocacy for the all male priesthood. That is what FiF (criticisms of which are acknowledged) sees as the mission of the organization. I know also that FiF defines "orthodox" differently from the Reasserters, and that FiF's definition rules out the "ordination" of women. In fact, Bishop Ackerman is saying that ecclesial structures must be prepared for a new Province, but that the new Province will have to be free of this innovation. It is much closer to what we among the Continuum believe, than it is to anything many of the GAFCON people practice.
Among those Anglicans trying to form this Province they hope for, the disputed issues will not receive any genuine consideration as long as some of the bishops set up and shoot down straw men. Straw men answers to silence, such as, "Scripture never suggests an ordained woman is in danger of losing her salvation," and “It is not a sin to be a woman” indicate why certain bishops are obstructing hopes for any progress. They seem unwilling to take the debate seriously, which is why they hinder the formation of workable ecclesial structures.