Shepherds’ Conference, J.D. Hall, Women, Church #ShepCon #ShepCon2016, John Mac Arthur, Pulpit and Pen, Bunker
This week quite a few pastors and men have been at the Shepherds’ Conference at John Mac Arthur’s digs in California. Traditionally, women are not allowed to attend, yet evidently, women did attend at least one day per Pastor J.D. Hall‘s account quoted in his private Facebook group, Pulpit Bunker :
The quote reads:
Is it just me or was #ShepCon infiltrated by an inordinate number of ladies in the last day or so? I can’t find a seat in the spill-over room, but I’m counting close to 200 wives in there. Which is interesting, because I don’t think they’re supposed to come, or so I thought. I know I seem like a grump, but when there’s [sic] hundreds of seats filled by people who technically shouldn’t be there and we can’t get in, it’s kinda “grrr.”
I’m trying to think of why J.D., or any man for that matter, would be upset that his wife would want to grow spiritually, and would hinder her from attending or complain about other women attending. Yet, J.D. Hall seems to think women attending is wrong because, “I don’t think they’re supposed to come.”
Who said they are not supposed to come? And why? Is that Biblical? Seems like J.D. Hall is trying to stick with man-made traditions and John Mac Arthur’s Shepherds’ Conference letter of the law. The Bible talks about following man-made traditions:
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8
I do not see a precedent of men-only meetings in the Bible.
Snark alert: Good for you for complaining, J.D., we wouldn’t want any other woman to be more spiritual than you. I hope you booted some lady out of her seat and made her stand for the inconvenience. And while you’re at it, I hope you asked for a partial refund. Shame on them, grrrrr!