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Thought for today:  “It is the accompaniment of the Holy Spirit of God that prepares workers, both men and women, to become pastors to the flock of God.”  6T322

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Mrs. White's last great battle was against Fundamentalism. She died while fighting it and she lost the fight. At best she got most of us on the liberal end of the spectrum of Fundamentalism. But she had a balanced view between both Modernism and Fundamentalism. 

In the book on the 1922 General Conference, it pointed out that a big part of the rising ideas of Fundamentalism was a decrease in women's leadership roles in the church.

We know that in the 1800s out west when Elder Loughborough would raise up churches and leave them in the best hands whether they were men or women, and he would ordain them as the pastors, and some churches back East were planning to ordain some women pastors in the first decade of the 20th century. But due to the increasing influence of Fundamentalism, Elder Daniels requested that the eastern conferences wait a little bit until the church was educated to know that it was indeed Biblical to ordain women, and for those who were ordained in the west, they received licensing papers that omitted the word "Ordination" again it was just to be a temporary measure due to the number of members who were not yet comfortable with women being ordained. Mrs. White started to educate here, but events caused her to change her focus on to the larger problem of Fundamentalism and how inspiration really worked. As I started with, this was her last great battle, a battle that she died while still fighting, and a battle that she lost and the closest she came to success was to get us, not to her balanced view, but to embrace Fundamentalism, but at best from the more liberal end of the Fundamentalism spectrum. While others embracing a more militant spectrum of Fundamentalism. 

It has been 100 years since the 1922 General Conference, yet we are still fighting the same battle. 

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