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Adventist Woman’s Ordination IQ Test


Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.  For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.  -1Tim 2:11-15  

1. Question: According to this Scriptures, what are the reasons for women to “learn in silence”, not “teach” men or seek “authority over” men?


a. Adam was created first.

b. Eve was deceived.

c. It was a mere cultural vestige conditioned by time and place.

d. It was merely Paul’s biased opinion.

e. a and b

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.  And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.  What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?  If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.  But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. [or “If someone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.”  -1Cor 14:38, NET Bible]    -1Cor 14:34-38  

2. Question: What says that women in the church are to refrain from speaking and be obedient?


a. The law.

b. The prevailing custom in the region

c. Paul’s chauvinistic feelings

d. b and c

3. Question:   If you do consider yourself to be spiritual, what does this Scripture specifically urge you to acknowledge?


a. That what Paul wrote here is not his personal opinions but “the commandments of the Lord”.

b. Those women should assert their rights to function in the same roles as men and reject the notion of the headship of men.

c. That Paul was spewing his disgusting philosophy of male dominance.

d. That Paul, being a product of his times could not but reflect the patriarchal societal norms.


4. Question: What is the Bible writer’s assessment one who chooses to remain ignorant of this Biblical teaching?


a. Sadly, they are culpably ignorant and should be esteemed as such.

b. Though they may have a differing opinion on the matter, everyone should humbly give them a fair hearing and consider their position as equally valid as his own.

c. In the free marketplace of opinions everyone’s perceptions of reality are to be valued as being of equal truth.

d. It doesn’t really matter since customs are continually evolving.

But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.  Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.  But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.  For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.  For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.  For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.   Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.  For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.  Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.  For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.  Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?  But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.  But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.  -1Cor 11:3-16  

5. Question: What is the purpose of the Biblically mandated head covering for a praying woman?


a. To acknowledge her position as willingly subordinate the authority of her husband.

b. To make a fashion statement.

c. To make her look and feel pretty.

d. To sullenly submit to the galling yoke of male dominance.

6. Question: According to this passage of Scripture, what is a woman doing if she refuses to practice this sign of her husband’s authority?


a. She was dishonoring her head.

b. Asserting her God-given dignity as a person endowed with all the rights and responsibilities accorded to men.

c. Throwing off the demeaning patriarchal cultural restraints that hold women in bondage as chattel to be used and abused by men.

d. Glorifying God by exerting herself to be all that she can be.  

7. Question: Was this practice a mere tradition of a local church?  How broad was the observance of this practice?


a. It was not a local church tradition, but was practiced in all the churches of God.

b. It was merely a local expedient measure to broker peace between headstrong women and insecure husbands by invoking the Deity on the side of the traditions of men.

c.  It was all a scheme by the prayer shawl weavers union to expand their market.

d. None of the above.

If God's professed people had not greatly departed from Him, there would now be a marked difference between their dress and that of the world. The small bonnets, exposing the face and head, show a lack of modesty. The hoops are a shame. The inhabitants of earth are growing more and more corrupt, and the line of distinction between them and the Israel of God must be more plain, or the curse which falls upon worldlings will fall on God's professed people.  {1T 188.3}  

8. Question: Did women in the early days of the Seventh-day Adventist church follow the head covering practice?


a. Yes, unquestionably.

b. Nobody knows.  There are not historical documents indicating one way or the other and nobody is alive now who could tell us.

c. No.  This tradition was started back in the 1920 with the flapper craze.

d. Maybe and few fanatics who took the Bible literally covered their heads, but it was never the norm.

9. Question: According to this passage from the Testimonies, what did the minimizing of this symbol indicate?


a. Immodesty.

b. Worldliness.

c. a & b

d. Modesty and decorum, as big bonnets are necessarily gaudy and a sign of a pride of appearance.  

10. Question: What result did she warn would be the result of moving in this direction?


a. The curse of God would fall on God's professed people.

b. People would be better able to see the preacher on the rostrum.

c. Women would be liberated from the demeaning practice of male imposed humiliation.

d. Women would be freer to express their individuality though their personal preferences in clothing and apparel.

Those who feel called out to join the movement in favor of woman's rights and the so-called dress reform might as well sever all connection with the third angel's message. The spirit which attends the one cannot be in harmony with the other. The Scriptures are plain upon the relations and rights of men and women. Spiritualists have, to quite an extent, adopted this singular [unisex] mode of dress. Seventh-day Adventists, who believe in the restoration of the gifts, are often branded as spiritualists.   Volume I, Testimonies for the Church, page 421  

11. Question: The privilege of ordination to the gospel ministry is considered by its supporters as a woman’s right’s issue.  As a reformer and a woman of influence in the church, what position did she express in this passage regarding women’s efforts to push for their rights?


a. She declared that those who feel that they have been called to join in such efforts (which entails the wearing of clothing associated with men) aught to separate themselves from the Adventist church.

b. To each her own.

c. They should continue their fight until they succeeded in attaining the full privilege of exercising all the rolls that have been denied them since the days of the patriarchs and apostles.

d. They should exert their influence subtly as mothers and children’s division Sabbath school teachers until a C-change might be effected.

12. Question:  How did Ellen White compare the Spirit of the Adventist movement with that of the women’s rights movement?


a. She declared that the spirit of the woman’s rights movement could not harmonize with the spirit of the Adventist movement.

b. As a leader in reform movements, she fully embraced such cultural reform movements and expressed her confidence that they were of the same spirit.

c. She saw a perfect harmony between the woman’s rights movement and the advent movement

d. b & c.