In this series I have explained, from scripture, that men and women are of equal value but have different roles. Men are the head of the home and qualified men are to be the head of the local church. In every case, men are to lead in love for the glory of God. Women, like Eve, are capable helpers. They are to submit to their husbands and male leaders in the church, as to the Lord. But just as Christ, who willfully submitted to the Father, is equal in essence to God, so are men and women equal in essence to each other. I also explained that the fall of mankind is based on a role reversal in the Garden of Eden and that in Jesus Christ, our roles are restored. This, altogether, is the view of complementarianism. We complement and complete each other in our roles.
The beauty of this view is that by Jesus Christ humbly accepting his role in the Trinity, we can finally enjoy our roles in the home and in the church.
What then are we to think about women pastors? I think the better question is: What are we to think about all the men surrounding these women pastors? Just as God called out to Adam, “Where are you?” in Gen. 3:9, complementarians need to call out to those men, “Where are you?” Men need to step up so that women do not have to. Men need to submit to scripture just as much as women need to.
Ligon Duncan says it best:
The denial of complementarianism undermines the church’s practical embrace of the authority of Scripture (thus eventually and inevitably harming the church’s witness to the Gospel). The gymnastics required to get from “I do not allow a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man,” in the Bible, to “I do allow a woman to teach and to exercise authority over a man” in the actual practice of the local church, are devastating to the functional authority of the Scripture in the life of the people of God.
Please pray that scripture will convict all our hearts. Please pray that we will submit to God’s word no matter what. Please pray that we can trust God and his design for men and women.This is a 7-part series. For a comprehensive study, see Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by John Piper and Wayne Grudem