This past Sabbath, Elder Wilson was invited as the Sabbath morning speaker for the Washington Adventist University Alumni Weekend which was being celebrated at Sligo church. He is an alumnus of the institution (which used to be called Columbia Union College).
Just before the sermon, Sligo leadership chose that opportunity to 'honor' three women who were ordained against the expressed will of the Seventh-day Church in 1995. The three women were given a plaque in commemoration of their September, 1995 'ordinations.' This ceremony--conducted right in front of Elder Wilson--celebrates ordinations that are a violation of official denominational policy. That they also violate the Holy Scriptures seems not to matter to these individuals (1 Timothy 3:1-2; 1 Timothy 2:12; Titus 2:3-5).
This act--and the timing of it--is clearly an unwashed thumb in the eye of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist church, and a not-too-subtle slap at the face of Elder Wilson. I am told that elder Wilson handled the graceless moment with grace. May God continue to give him grace and wisdom from above.
And may God deliver The Remnant people from such overt acts of defiance, while there is still something left to save.
"Be watchful, and strengthen those things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God (Revelation 3:2).
[Correction. After further research, it is becoming evident that AToday reported this story inaccurately. Our title reflects this inaccurate account. The truth is that there was a video interview with the current pastor in which he discusses the three 'ordained' female pastors from 1995, and the plaque that they were given. Some time elapsed between the video and and Elder Wilson's sermon.
There is, however, a legitimate question as to why a 1995 event symbolizing congregational rebellion needed to be broadcast to the April 2017 audience just before the president of the Seventh-day Adventist church delivered his sermon.]