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1 Timothy 2:1-15, Female mediatrices and Paul’s response, complementarian

June 11th, 2006

The Greco/Roman religions of the first century held women to be the mediatrices between humanity and the gods or goddesses.  In 1 Timothy 2:1-15, Paul responded that there was “one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”.  this whole passage speaks of a local problem and not something to which we would look for eternal guidance on the place of women in church leadership or not. 1 Timothy 2:1-15, Female mediatrices and Paul’s response, complementarian

A Complementarian speaks for himself, Wayne Grudem

June 9th, 2006

3. Where in the Bible do you get the idea that only men should be the pastors and elders of the church?
The most explicit texts relating directly to the leadership of men in the church are

  • 1 Timothy 2:11-15;
  • 1 Corinthians 14:34-36;
  • 1 Corinthians 11:2-16.

The fifth, six and ninth chapters of Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood present detailed exegetical support for why we believe these texts give abiding sanction to an eldership of spiritual men. Moreover, the Biblical connection between family and church strongly suggests that the headship of the husband at home leads naturally to the primary leadership of spiritual men in the church.

As we read this we could ask Mormons where in the Bible they got the idea to baptize people for the dead also.  They, like Grudem, could give us a Bible text twisted contextually, for an answer. A Complementarian speaks for himself, Wayne Grudem

Maude Cary, not a complementarian

June 7th, 2006

Hailing from Kansas, Maude Cary went to Morocco in 1901 and worked as a single missionary for 50 years there.  How was 50 years of sacrificial living rewarded at her funeral?  Ruth Tucker writes that her obituary read, “a small handful of people seven of whom were ministers, attended the funeral.  There were only two sprays of flowers and hardly and tears.”  God himself is her reward. Maude Cary, not a complementarian

Women in ministry of the Bible, not complementarian

June 5th, 2006

We met in Germany 2 weeks ago to discuss the growth of the School of Biblical Studies and  encourage each other.  As I looked around the room  of 45 saints, half of them women, I thanked the Lord.  I was thankful for many reasons but one of the primary ones was that we have so many godly women working in very tough circumstances, without pay  and without honor from certain parts of the body of Chirst.  Their honor is in heaven. Women in ministry of the Bible, not complementarian

Geoffrey Bromiley, optimism in 1988 and the Trinity, Trinitarian theology, complementarian

June 1st, 2006

Bromiley wrote in The New Dictionary of Theology a very optimistic article about growth in Trinitarian thinking during 1988.  I wonder what Bromiley would think today.  I doubt he would be so optimistic with the growth of Islam outside the church and the growth of eternal subordinationism of the Son of God among complementarian theologians [such as Wayne Grudem]  inside it. Geoffrey Bromiley, optimism in 1988 and the Trinity, trinitarian theology

Harriet Tubman, Emancipator, probably not a complementarian

May 25th, 2006

Harriet Tubman led hundreds of slaves in the 1800’s to freedom on the underground railroad.  She also preached the gospel to them.  I suspect that she really thought nothing about whether men gave her authority to do what she was doing. Harriet Tubman, Emancipator, probably not a complementarian

Over a million requests for pages since June of ’05

May 24th, 2006

Celebrate with us.  We just went over a million successful requests for pages on our analog counter.

St. Patrick and women, complementarian?

May 23rd, 2006

I am sitting on the Dnieper River in Kiev, Ukraine today reading about St. Patrick.  Scot McKnight mentions that many women were liberated and became believers under his preaching in Ireland.  Many of them also became missionaries.  Were they complementarian?  My gut tells me “no”. St. Patrick and women, complementarian?

Randy Stinson, Wayne Grudem and a church filled with women, complementarian

May 16th, 2006

Stinson, a Southern Baptist, complains that a church filled with women turns men away from the gospel. This is an odd conclusion given the fact that most men I know, christian or non-christian, are more than happy to walk into rooms filled with women. This is, of course, an argument that men should go to church and lead it. Get the details from the CBMW web site. As well, Wayne Grudem reports that Richard Hove has produced the “most definitive” study of Galatians 3:28 in our generation. It is the “most definitive work” representing the 10% of contemporary NT scholars for whom Grudem speaks. Randy Stinson, Wayne Grudem and a church filled with women, complementarian

Calvinist, Roger Nicole on complementarian and egalitarian thought

May 15th, 2006

The Spring issue of the Priscilla Papers just came out.  Nicole is a card carrying Calvinist and Professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. “I believe that most, if not all, of the restrictions on women in society have no basis in Scripture, and that those maintained in the Church are based on an inadequate interpretation of a few restrictive passages, which put them in contradiction with the manifest special concern and love of God for women articulated from Genesis to Revelation.”  I agree the interpretations are “inadequate”. I wonder how his Calvinist friends to the north and in Phoenix like that statement?  Roger Nicole on complementarian and egalitarian thought

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