COMPLEMENTARIANISM - A FORM OF PATRIARCHY Complementarianism is a belief that limits the roles of a wife to those that won't infringe on her husband as head 'over' her. As such, Complementarianism is a form of patriarchy, but, unlike full-blown Patriarchy, which has women subject to men in every area of society, this version is… Continue reading The Fallacy around Male Headship in the Home and in the Church
Q - Doesn’t the naming of Eve show that Adam had authority over her? A - No, both male and female were created in the image of God and they were given shared authority to rule (Gen 1:28). Brief explanation: There is a Jewish tradition that the one who does the naming of another has authority… Continue reading Doesn’t the naming of Eve show that Adam had authority over her?
Q & A Q - Isn’t the wife supposed to be the husband’s ‘helper’? A – Yes and No. The woman that was made to be with Adam was called his ‘help meet’ (Greek EZER KENEGDO), not his ‘helpmate’. Brief explanation: Ezer (help) does not mean from a lesser being. The same term is used… Continue reading Isn’t the wife supposed to be the husband’s ‘helper’?
Q - Doesn’t the Bible say that wives are to submit to their husbands as their ‘head’? A - Yes and No. Yes, only if the term ‘head’ (Greek: kephale) is understood as ‘origin’ or ‘source’ without the meaning of rank. The Bible teaches mutual submission between spouses. Brief explanation: 1 Corinthians 11:3 reads: ‘But… Continue reading Doesn’t the Bible say that wives are to submit to their husbands as their ‘head’?
Q - Can women be elders (leaders/pastors) in the church? A - Yes, Paul says, ‘If anyone (Greek tis – a gender neutral term) wants to be an elder...’ Brief explanation: In Christ, we are restored to the equality at creation (Gen 1:28). Male rule came about as a result of the Fall (Gen 3:16),… Continue reading Can women be elders (leaders/pastors) in the church?
Q - Doesn’t the Bible say that women are to 'keep silent' in church? A – No. In fact it says just the opposite. Brief explanation: Paul was clearly exasperated that such an idea was proposed and responded with ‘What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?’ (See… Continue reading Doesn’t the Bible say that women are to ‘keep silent’ in church?
CLICK ON THE QUESTION OR ANSWER FOR A FULLER EXPLANATION 1. Doesn’t the Bible say that women are to ‘keep silent’ in church? NO 2. Can women be elders (leaders/pastors) in the church? YES 3. Doesn’t the Bible say that wives are to submit to their husbands as their ‘head’? YES and NO 4. Isn’t… Continue reading Women in the Church – Common Questions
In Part 1, I consider that Gender neutrality is evident in 1 Tim 3:1, indicating that from the outset God is open to both male and female elders. 1Tim 3:1 reads, “This is a true saying, If a man (Gk. tis - anyone) desire the office of a bishop, he (not in Gk.) desireth a… Continue reading Can Women be Elders? – Part 2
Complementarians prohibit women from eldership citing 1 Tim. 3:1-7 and Tit. 1:5-9, which refer to the need for elders to be the “husband of one wife”. However, they fail to see the flaw in this logic because, by doing this, they would have to prohibit single men and widowers too, for these are not “husband… Continue reading Can Women be Elders? – Part 1
It is often said that one reason we cannot have women as elders in the church is because Jesus did not select any women as one of the twelve apostles. But is this a fair argument? Jesus, Radical and Wise While Jesus was radical is His approach, He was wise too. He did not have a… Continue reading Apostles – Twelve Men, No Women?