Les McCullough stated his opposition to lowering operating reserves, and was joined by Leon Walker
and Richard Thompson.
Doctrine Committee Chairman Leon Walker moderated the next portion of the meeting.
first reviewed a position paper on the subject of New Moons with the Council, indicating the Church's understanding that new moon observances are not required of New Testament Christians.
The quorum of eleven unanimously approved the paper.
Papers on two other subjects (the man of sin spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2, and the 70 weeks prophecy of Daniel 9) have been submitted.
made some general observations on prophetic topics, citing these papers as cases in point.
Prophecy, by its very nature (dealing with events that have not happened yet), lends itself to speculation and private interpretation.
In past affiliations, we have all seen some prophetic subjects treated as if they were doctrine.
Even if the speculation proved correct, it would not mean that we should elevate interpretations, especially speculative ones, to the status of doctrine.
With this in mind, Mr. Walker
asked for the Council's input on this question - how should the Church deal with honest differences in opinion on prophetic topics?
Not every issue of prophecy will create this dilemma, he
stated, but some will.
opened the floor for comments, since whatever approach is taken will be a Council decision.
: "So you are advocating that we should allow different interpretations to be published, at least in certain publications?
: "What would be the criteria for having alternate interpretations?
Walker] mentioned freestanding papers showing alternative views.
: "Obviously it would be wonderful if we could come down to an understanding of a prophetic issue and say 'we accept this one, this one is right, the others are wrong because of this or that.' But to be realistic, I think that there are some issues in prophecy where we agree to disagree.
: "I think we should be honest, and say that there is ambiguity, rather than taking a dogmatic position when we cannot and should not do so."
At this point, Mr. Walker
asked for more direct input on what process should be followed for putting forward alternate views of prophetic subjects.
Dr. Ward and Mr. Walker
summarized the current process for dealing with proposed changes in doctrinal topics:
Further discussion about the possibility of an official certificate for marriages performed by UCG pastors led to a vote of five opposed (Messrs. Dick, Kilough, Kubik, Thompson, and Walker); four in support (Messrs. Antion, Holladay, McCullough, Ward); and two abstaining (Mr. Dean and Mr. Seiglie).