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Daughters of Levi

18 July 2014

July 17 1914

IF JOHN WESLEY were alive to-day, he would be tempted, we think, to add an appendix to his Korah, Dathan, and Abiram sermon, that famous discourse which his followers have been at pains to suppress. When some of the early Methodists presumed to exercise the sacred ministry, he rebuked them in the words of Moses, "Ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi." At the meeting of the Representative Church Council last week, Mr H. W. Hill adduced evidence of a new "gainsaying of Core", this time from the feminine quarter. According to his statement, there are among the supporters of the Suffragist movement women who claim to be eligible to the priesthood. There are, we understand, several ladies who are officially recognized by the sect to which they belong as fully qualified ministers; and the argument which is supposed to justify their appointment is apparently being worked among ourselves by female claimants to the priesthood. The priesthood, they say, is a purely human, not a sexual, ministry, and, women being human, their qualifications for the ministry are as good as those of men. In these days of sentimental bishops and eccentric deans, we seem to be without any security against the most extreme revolutionary changes, and we could welcome the reappearance of Wesley, to discourse upon his former text, with one verbal alteration: "Ye take too much upon you, ye daughters of Levi."

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