Complementarianism

Complementarianism | TheResurgence

Pastor Mark Driscoll has been posting on TheResurgence about the New Calvinism and some of the big names and ideas that have carried over from the “Old” to the “New.” The last post rounding out the brief article series is not on a dead guy, but on the Bible’s view of gender roles, which has been on my mind since last year, since reading parts of Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and listening to Driscoll’s sermon series through Song of Songs. I agree with Driscoll, who agrees with his friend Bruce Ware, that what people believe about gender roles reveals much about their theology and how they view the Word of God. I am glad to see that egalitarianism has no foothold in KCM, although I don’t think too many people know what the word even means. But they’ll probably know something about egalitarian Christians’ attempts to change the pronoun referring to God as Mother and She or to encourage women to become pastors. And most obviously, the rage over homosexuality.

I am glad that Driscoll put up egalitarianism, complementarianism, and male chauvinism, to show that complementarianism, contrary to misconceptions, is not about keeping women out of leadership and consigning them to household chores. No, the complementarian view understands that God considers man and woman equal in His sight but has assigned distinct, complementary roles for each of them.

The Bible’s views on gender roles is important not just in the Church, but outside of it. At hand are implications for evangelism. Many opposers of the faith will point to the passages in the New Testaments that deal with head coverings and women being silent in church. It raises the issue of what instructions belong only to the culture of the New Testament and how do we apply such exhortations to today? Will we argue merely from the New Testament or will we take the argument back to creation? The complementarian view starts from creation and only after it firmly establishes that gender roles were established before culture even existed does it grapple with these difficult passages and how they relate to today. And I am convinced that this interpretation is true and that it will profit the Church and each individual Christian (especially in relationships, marriage, and raising families) to live in accordance with such truth.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jon B on March 31, 2009 at 2:03 AM

    interesting points on gender roles here. Our college ministry had a female pastor for my freshman to junior years in school. The experience has challenged my former view on the role of women leading in the church – the dust still hasn’t settled yet, so I haven’t reached any conclusions. The only thing I can say is that we shouldn’t let our own views limit what God can do – through man or woman. I do still believe that the prominent leadership roles in the body of Christ are reserved for men for good reason.

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