God Never Desired Patriarchy! After reading the historical accounts throughout the Bible, one can easily be misled into believing that male leadership is God's intended design for marriages, families, and for mankind in general. But, a closer look at God's word clearly reveals that God never desired patriarchy. In fact, it is instead a testimony to God's… Continue reading Patriarchy has Fallen and Women are Raised
In a recent post, I mentioned I read through a commentary of Genesis by Derek Kidner in the Tyndale OT series. It is copyright from 1967. The point in noting its older date, is that I was surprised (pleasantly) by some egalitarian or progressive thoughts on the opening chapters of Genesis.
In the introduction Kidner states, in regards to the Fall:
“The shattering of the harmony of man and wife, not by any mutual disagreement but by their agreeing together against God, proved at once how dependent it had been on His [God’s] unseen participation. Without Him, love would henceforth be imperfect, and marriage would gravitate towards the sub-personal relationship foreshadowed in the terms ‘desire’ and ‘rule.'”
Kidner goes on to say that the rest of Genesis confirms this tendency. “Polygamy is partly to blame for this, but polygamy is itself the symptom of an unbalanced view of marriage, which…
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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
Did Paul, or for that matter God, teach “"Let your women keep silence in the churches”? In writing to the Corinthian church, Paul writes, "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… Continue reading “Let your women keep silence in the churches.” Really?