Thursday, June 08, 2006

Women in the Church

One of the controversies within today’s Evangelical church is in regard to the role of women in the church. There are two primary positions that are embraced by Evangelicals. One is complimentarianism and the other egalitarianism. In any given church you will see extreme and moderate views on both sides of the issue. Here’s a very limited definition of the two views:
  • COMPLIMENTARIANISM: Men and women are equal in value but have complimentary differences.
  • EGALITARIANISM: Men and women are equal in value, role, and position.
Parkview does hold to a more complimentary view on this issue. One of the biggest problems with the egalitarian view is its lack of strong Biblical support. Recently a coalition of churches united under the banner “Together for the Gospel” posted an explanation for why they included a complimentary statement on this issue within their statement of beliefs. You can read it here.

If you are interested in a comprehensive look at the issue you can get an excellent book called, "Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood" by John Piper and Wayne Grudem here.

(HT: JTaylor)

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