Can Women be Elders? No, Why Not?

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In attempt to provide a follow-up or three to my post from last Friday (“Leadership in the Church is Male,” found here.) I wanted to take some time to flesh out some of the arguments I made against women being elders in the church. Therefore, I thought it best to take a closer look at some of the points I have previously made. In order to do this I will begin by providing a survey of the Scriptures to determine if a model of male leadership is surveyorpresent or not. Thereafter, key texts of the New Testament will be examined to discern which of the two views – complementarian or egalitarian –  is able to derive support from Scripture; these texts will include 1 Timothy 2:11-12 and Galatians 3:28.… Continue reading

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Leadership in the Church is Male

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To address the elephant that inevitably crowds its way into any discussion concerning the elephantcompeting views of leadership within the church, I will start by saying that I in no way condone the subjugation, devaluation, mistreatment, or dehumanization of women. I believe that women are equally created in the image of our God, equally saved by grace and faith in Jesus Christ, and equally spiritually gifted by the Holy Spirit. However, as I hold to the position in this discussion normally referred to as Complementarianism, I do believe that even as all of these things are true so also is it true that God created men and women differently in order that they fulfill different roles within creation.… Continue reading

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